Back in the Gym Again!

Well I have finally made time to get back into the climbing gym and it feels great! I started rock climbing back in 2003 after climbing an artificial rock wall during our youth group’s summer trip. I had so much fun I found a local rock wall gym, Vertical Ventures, and started climbing. Madelyne and I got really into it and even competed in a few bouldering comps before I got too busy and stopped climbing. In 2006 I made it out to the gym a record 2 times because my schedule was so busy.

Mad and I went out in September and found out that one of our friends who worked there, Chris, finally bought the place. The new owners closed down for the month of October to totally redo the gym. The kids and I went out two weeks ago and it looked great. They have all new padding and totally replaced the bouldering area. They even put a freestanding boulder that you can top out on right in the center! The kids enjoyed it so much that they decided to quit gymnastics and switch to climbing. We all got monthly memberships so we can go anytime we want. We went twice the first week back and twice the second week. I feel like I am finally getting back into shape again. Maddy and Ethan are climbing like they never stopped.

We are very excited and dedicated to climbing every week. And because they are debiting my checking account on the first of each month I have incentive to get my butt out there. The only drawback is that it is in Tampa, which means about a 45-minute trip to and from the gym. It does make for some quality time with the kids though. For the next month or so we will be going on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 anyone who wants to check out this great sport is welcome to come out and we will show you the ropes (I’m so punny).

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