As a little girl, I can remember all the stories my Daddy told of his climbing adventures. By 2 years old, he had all three of us bouldering in the canyon across town. Daddy was a search and rescue climber for the city of Colorado Springs.
One time, while rescuing some inexperienced climbers from the Kissing Camels in the Garden of The gods, a piece of the sand stone broke free. Catching himself with his right hand and ripping his shoulder out of place, Daddy fell 50 feet.. He always said the best rehab was getting back onto the rocks.
I too have injured my upper body. I have missed my climbing over the injury, 4 herniated and bulging disks in my neck. But now my rehab has begun and I am building strength back.
Video below, last climb of the day and after 4 hours, my neck was done. But making progress.
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My favorite way to stay in shape in the winter would have to be going to the gym. Not any gym, the Climbing gym. The best way to stay strong is to think outside the box. Staying in shape for a specific goal requires a specific training. Climbing sure beats the elliptical and the treadmill.
Rehab usually sucks. All athletes can attest to that. Though I may be coming along slowly, my rehab rocks, pun intended.
Totally killed this chimney climb! First one to do it with no hand or foot holds. Yeah Buddy!