Handsome is beginning to get his muscles back, so we progressed tonight from the four pluses and fives we climbed last time. We have been being very cautious; I really don’t want Handsome hurt again, and I don’t think he particularly wishes to be in pain, so we have been keeping it easy and gentle, and only climbing for an hour or so at a time.
Tonight we stayed a little longer, and climbed a few higher grades and I even fell off (something I was a bit worried about) without Handsome either collapsing or being pulled off his feet. It’s all looking good.
We only have a small problem now – because the clocks have changed, and the lighting in the arena can be a little poor (sometimes you are half way up a wall and the spotlight switches off because it’s got too hot), and some of the walls are arranged in such a way that you can guarantee that your shadow will obscure the holds, it can be extremely difficult to work out whether you have your foot on a red, green or yellow frog!
It’s good to be climbing again, I have missed it.