Bucket list check | 24. Go rock climbing

There are just some bucket list adventures I have a hard time with because of my panic-stricken fear of heights. When I was younger, I could ride roller coasters no problem but I would shake if I climbed a tree that was too high. When I am in total control, my legs tend to get weak and shake uncontrollably. When I am not in control, I feel fine as I would being strapped to a machine or in an airplane. It is kind of backwards when you think about it but it is a true story. I won’t be incredibly detailed in this post because of that anxiety that comes with heights.


This is basically the same thing with the treetop trek we did before ziplining, jumping out of a tree, and climbing the lighthouse in St. Augustine. Even with shaky knees and tears in my eyes, I still manage to have fun and it is all worth it — once I get back down to safe ground.

look at how scared I was… lol

It was hard to get into an activity that solely relied on your upper body strength to pull you up and your legs to be the foundation of getting you to higher elevations. This was just an indoor rock climbing gym, thank God, but still. I felt like I was way too high.

Once I reached the top to a few that I didn’t really think I could do, I felt accomplished and happy. I’m just glad I have a supportive husband to tell me I can when I’m stuck at the top thinking “Oh my God, I’m never coming down” and thinking of every single way I could get down without having to climb down. I’m now feeling the burn. Oh, I eventually made it back down to the ground because that slide I was imagining for easy access down was never going to appear.

There were little kids out doing me. Like they were fine and it was blowing my mind. Children are fearless. I think at one point I was trying to climb down and I just couldn’t deal anymore so I simply let myself fall. This just makes me laugh now. Now we know I embarrassingly teared up once or twice in fear, haha, but my husband? Oh no, he was definitely in beast mode though. The muscles he built up in the military really helped him because his upper body strength is intense. He climbed high and accomplished heights with no fear. He was inspirational in fact.

Overall, it was fun but pretty scary if you don’t like that heights thing. I liked being able to climb knowing that I was strapped in when we were on the auto-belays. It was nice being able to just drop because you kind of feel like you’re flying, although I was panicky about that at first too. I still had fun with my husband and I still look forward to dates like this. We bouldered, free-climbed, and used the auto belays. I even dropped from a point once I reached the top and I was pretty proud of that.

I am fearless in every other way but nope, sorry, heights are not my thing.


I made it to the top and got a nice work-out! It all worked out perfectly because we were limited on time. There was an option to do a “quick climb” and they showed us how to use the equipment. It was inexpensive and well worth what we paid. Once I master “mind over matter”, I am going back to own some rocks.


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  1. You know, you at least tried it and gave it your best effort! I’m with you on the upper arm thing. I tried rock climbing and just didn’t get very far because I’m not used to relying so much on my arms. Cool that your husband has military experience. My dad was a doctor in the Air Force, so I’m a military kid all the way.

    1. Thank you for the comment! For some reason it showed up in my spam and disappeared. I’ve been trying to comment back for two days. I finally found it. BAH. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. Arm strength is not for me. I’ll stick with my legs. Haha. I’m sure being a military kid had its perks? My husband was actually, too. He got to see a lot of places.

    1. Aw, just try it once and see if you like it! Maybe it won’t be as dramatic as when I went, haha! I really don’t think I was that high up, but that’s what it felt like.

    1. Thank you! I have a feeling I’m going to be facing many more fear of heights throughout my list. Oh, that’s so nice! I can’t wait to see that post! I hope to have two this weekend.

    1. I think my panic came from a combination of both a fear of heights and falling. You should go rock climbing. I think you would like it.

  2. Ooh well done you! I don’t like heights when I don’t have control… strap me in and sit me up high and I become a snotty dithering mess! Saying this I haven’t done a rock climb, but we do have a climbing type … thing in our local entertainment thingy (I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you’d call it!) there’s a flight of stairs that goes below a rope bridge that’s miles above your head, me and a friend were going up the stairs just as a poor child panicked at the sheer height of things and wet themselves… I’ve had better shower experiences!

    1. I think you would be great a rock climb then! I feel more at ease when a machine is in control of my safety because my shaky legs won’t be the reason I fall. I mean, most of the time they are tested for quality control, right?! RIGHT? Haha.

      That sounds absolutely awful. You had the true experience of a golden shower. I don’t think I’ve ever been that bad to the point I peed on everyone below me, haha. I am sooo sorry. I could only imagine. I’ve been pooped on by seagulls at the beach… and I don’t even like that!

      1. HAHA, it was pure looks of horror exchanged between me and my friend before we quickly decided against trying out the indoor snow slope and ran to the car instead! Shudder 😛

  3. Too cool! I’ve been wanting to visit Vertical Ventures, but haven’t had a chance. It looks a lot more impressive than I was expecting.

    And, you poor thing…you do look scared in the pics. But…you know what? YOU did it! And, I’m proud of you!

    1. THANK YOU. Your words of encouragement make me happy and less like a baby, haha. I think you’ll have a lot of fun if you go. It really is a great place and there is such a workout involved, my goodness. My arms (and back?) hurt for a week! Thanks for the comment; made me smile.

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