On belay!

Guess who’s certified to belay, has two thumbs and no upper body strength?


I took a Belay Certification course with the Alaska Rock Gym to get up to speed on climbing basics and become eligible for future climbs at the facility.

We focused on top rope climbing, with one person climbing and the other on belay. Thank goodness for girlfriends – having a friendly face at the end of my rope significantly increased my confidence and the fun factor. Note: it definitely did not increase my skills.

The course covered gear, knots, anchors, falling and safely descending. Now that I’m certified, I can climb freely at ARG as I wish (assuming I have gear, a partner, and am practicing what I learned).

See you on the pitches!

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