One of my great early summer adventures. On a hot muggy June evening, I set out with three other members of the Prince George Alpine Club towards Giscome. The rock face we intended to climb was by the side of the road, across from Eaglet lake which lay shimmering invitingly in the heat of the quiet evening. As we left the city behind I relaxed. The sounds of nature became audible, the swish of wheat in a field, lake water lapping onto the rocky shore and the chattering of birds in the trees.
Just watch this amazing video for rock climbing beginners:
Because Barb and I were beginners we decided to skip the lower rock face and instead climb a few hundred meters up the rocky cliff to a second rock face. Weighed down with long, thick climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, drinking water and snacks, we were glad to find ropes, someone had thoughtfully left behind, which we hung onto to haul ourselves up against the steep incline.
At the top of the rock face, Mark attached a bright yellow sling to an anchor conveniently screwed into the rock. He attached the climbing robe and threw it down to the base. We put on our harnesses. Jo-Ann attached herself to the rope stepped off the edge of the cliff and was gone. We watched her lower herself at ninety-degree angle feet planted firmly on the rock with only her harness attached to the rope for support.