Getting the feel of it
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Terry Gifford, our climbing instructor of last time, introduced us to our garment for the coming week at the night of our arrival. Learning the knots, trying on our harnasses, coiling the ropes and of course the helmets. He took his time to get us reacquainted with the gear. Through the e-mail correspondence Terry already had let us know some of the routes he planned for us. First up was La Verguenza. We´d already did La Verguenza, in October 2006. RockFax calls it a slabby rib, good for beginners. A perfect climb for our first day. Terry´s jeep was unavailable this week. This meant I had to drive my rental. Not knowing how much the car (or I) could take, we parked it at the refuge. Instead of parking it all the way up on the bend under La Verguenza. And this obviously meant a long walk with our gear and backpack. It seems climbing is as much about walking up to the routes as it is about climbing.... we were spoilt the last time Terry took us up there!
But arriving at the same spot we enjoyed our first climb ever....oooh man! This felt good! La Verguenza is indeed a very good beginners route. And more so if you´ve already climbed it. Terry made a perfect choice. It leaves room for perfecting the techniques, learning the calls, getting familiar again with your own body. How we enjoyed it! Walking back to our car, down at the refuge, we took a good look at the rib from a distance. Did we really climb it just half an hour ago? Sigh...