Why Rock Climbing?
At the turn of this millennium, a major event occurred. Tom Cruise climbed the rocks at Dead Horse Point in Utah. And I was watching him with eyes wide open. He hung off a cliff and then reached the top like he was born to do this. Only if I could do this like Tom, I sighed.
I was nowhere close to Utah, but half way around the world in a hostel in Bangalore. This was the opening sequence of Mission Impossible 2. My friends and I watched the movie on a grainy box TV with a rented CD and player.
Since then I have had fantasies. Of the rock climbing kind.
Streaming videos on youtube transcended from fantasy to reality a few years ago in India. After which, I spent hours watching rock climbing videos. From the mountains of La Dura Dura in Spain to Yosemite in the US, I have been everywhere, virtually.
Rock climbing is a beautiful sport that makes you realise how amazing the human body is. And to create a friendship with vertical marvels of nature is one of my deepest wishes.
Barry Finlay who wrote ‘Keep On Climbing’ says ‘Every mountain top is within reach if we just keep on climbing.’
Hence rock climbing.