In 2014 I started indoor climbing for exercise, mental challenge, and fun!
In 2019 I had my first outdoor climbing experience.
I can't seem to get enough of this full-body-workout sport -
it's simple (all you need are shoes, harness, and chalk bag),
yet requires technical skill and mental acuity to solve the climbing route "puzzles".
I've focused mostly on top rope climbing (a belaying partner on the ground
prevents you from falling), but I also boulder on occasion (no rope, 12-foot walls,
and floor pads just in case). Presently I'm also learning lead rope climbing (pull
the rope up with you, clip it into draws as you go, with a belayer for safety).