Helloooo from 60m up the side of a cliff!
I recently went for a whole day of rock climbing and abseiling for my company’s regular “Team Day”.
I’ve never been abseiling before. And I’ve done indoor rock climbing once – with my kids – where we followed colour-coded hand grips that indicated levels of difficulty.
But this was outdoor rock climbing.
No perfectly formed hand grips! No air conditioning! And no hot coffee waiting at the end!
28 of us headed over to a popular outdoor rock climbing spot, an old quarry in the Perth Hills.
As I was waiting for my turn at the top of the cliff, I informed the climbing instructor — Look, I apologise for being annoying and being THAT person…but I’d like to take a selfie halfway down.
*Cue eye roll*
Actually the guys were super lovely about it.
Best moment 1: The moment I gave up all rational thought as I tipped my body over the cliff, backwards!
The feeling was awesome and I made sure I looked backwards at the rocks below to drink up the insanity. You can’t get that feeling from a YouTube video!
Best moment 2: Halfway down the cliff, stopping to enjoy the view. Registering the distance of my foot in relation to the ground.
I figured there was no point having this once-in-a-lifetime moment, if I didn’t have the images burned into my memory… so I made sure I looked around and enjoyed the scenery.
My colleague took some pictures of me, for context and proof.
I did have another Best Moment: Team trust (literally holding my director’s life in my hands — stressful much?!), team banter, team respect and team love. I absolutely adore the people I work with!
It’s been while since I’ve done anything remotely outdoorsy or adventurous. So I was glowing with the thrill of doing something new and crazy.
For those who were not into heights, there was also Taichi, Capoeira… and there was even freshly brewed coffee waiting for us at the end. It was such a great experience.
Huge thanks to my company and Adventure Out!