The Indalo Hiking Club was given the opportunity to do a day’s climbing course at City Rock in June, joined by nine MCSA-CT volunteers. Siwe Siqangwe wrote about their day:
“When it comes to adventure I make sure I never miss out, so when MCSA-CT gave us an opportunity to do a climbing course I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Of course there were some first time nerves. The walls looked high and the climbing stones looked tiny to support a person. Don’t even get me started on the shoes, I didn’t understand why they had to hug your feet so tightly that you can barely walk on them, but as soon as I started climbing I understood that the shoes weren’t made for walking but were perfectly made for climbing.
On the day we were taught how to tie our own ropes before we climb. Once we’d learnt the theory of climbing it was time to put everything to the test and that’s where the nervous fun started. I am saying nervous because we had to learn to trust the person belaying you. However once you start scaling those walls all those worries start to leave your body, you relax and that’s where the real fun begins. The adrenaline starts to kick in and the excitement lingers in the air and all you can think of is where should I step on to reach the top of the wall.
The climb down is much sweeter knowing you reached the top and the only thing in your mind is ‘when can I go again?’. With that said, I am happy and grateful to have been part of the experience, to know that my body can push its limits and be able to scale those walls. I would gladly do it again and again. Thank you to MCSA-CT and City Rock for the opportunity and for opening doors for us to experience things we thought were out of reach.”