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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