Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Like when we used to climb the rope in gym class

So in the last few weeks I've started to notice that the time I've spent in the climbing gym has started to really help my arm strength. I've been doing pull-ups in the morning, and at about the time I was able to do 5 in a row, I started thinking back to high school where my gym teacher said that when you were able to do 10 pull ups in a row you should be able to climb the rope without your legs. This got me thinking about how and where I could find a rope to test the theory with.

I wandered to Home Depot to see if they sold the appropriate rope (I have a place in mind at home where I could install a climbing rope) but what I remember from high school was a good deal thicker than their largest ropes. Maybe I'm just remembering incorrectly, or from a smaller size, but I also didn't see any tensile strength ratings on the ropes at Home Depot, so I put off the idea of building it myself for a little while.

Then I started taking care of Rich's house and he has a couple of rope swings in his backyward. I thought 'what the hell' and tried to climb one of them. Surprisingly I was actually able to make progress. I have never been able to make any semblance of upward progress before, so I was quite excited. And after a few times of trying I was able to get the motions right, and can now climb up the 10 - 15 feet of rope that he has.

It feels very good to be able to make the vertical progress with only my arms, and I'm definetly going to ask the guys at Home Depot about some tensile strengths.

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