French Alps and Near Death Experiences -By Sasha

I’ve been climbing a lot throughout the past few years, we’ve done rock climbing in Canmore, mountains near home, and even in Laos; but after a climbing excursion in the French Alps, I have to say it was my favorite place to go.

We got to go on different routes of the cliff, and Riley and I belayed for the first time. It was hard work, but easy to get the hang of. My last climb was my favorite, because I got up so high, that you could see for miles over the mountains and a few small villages close by. I waited for Riley to come up with the camera so we could take a few photos. It was hard to pass the camera since we were strapped in, but we took a video that I’ll try to post.

Now that I think about it, my favorite part of the day was when Riley was belaying me for the first time. As I was coming down, she let the rope out faster and faster until I was literally running backwards down the mountain. I ended up tripping and falling backwards. I hit my head and everything in my view was blurry, but I thought I was going to die. My heart stopped for a few seconds and I’m surprised that Riley caught me. Thankfully I didn’t, but I still went down pretty slowly for the rest of that climb. The next few times Riley got the hang of belaying me perfectly.

I loved being able to see the view of the Alps from up above, and my climbing skills have improved. I would have loved to do more, but we didn’t have enough time.

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Posted on June 4, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m impressed. Don’t think I could do it at my age. How fortunate you all are to have had so many great experiences. Wonderful to talk to you. Luv, Nana

  2. Wow! That slopeface sure looks intense Sasha ! So glad you survived to tel this tale. great photos , as usual !
    So glad you will be coming home very soon. Enjoy your last couple of days !
    Love Auntie Shawn

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