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-==== Episode IV: A New Rope (Climbing) ==== 
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-As a special end-of-school treat, Robert took James on an overnight expedition to 
-The Climbing Place, an indoor rock-climbing gym in Fayetteville,​ NC.  James had 
-previously done a little indoor climbing at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington, but the 
-facilities there are limited and expensive. 
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-As you can see, the facilities at The Climbing Place are extensive (click on any image to see 
-a large version) and it's inexpensive. ​ An adult can climb all day for about $15.00 (including 
-all equipment; children under 10 are a little cheaper. ​ This is a VERY kid-friendly 
-place, with climbing routes for all levels of ability. ​ They claim to take everyone 
-from toddlers to great-grandmothers! 
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-The staff at The Climbing Place, lead by owner Michael Pinkston (shown in the final photo 
-above, note the "​stealth climber"​ in the background),​ are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. ​ Michael ran us through a "Belay Check",​ 
-showing us how to use the equipment properly. 
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-Belaying is the term for safeguarding a climber so that if he falls, he is caught by a rope and can be safely lowered. ​ The climber ties his harness into the rope using a  
-[[http://​www.troop9.org/​knots/​figure8.htm|double figure-8 knot]] as well as a safety fisherman'​s knot -- 
-Michael was impressed when James was able to learn these knots almost immediately,​ and for 
-the rest of our visit, James tied himself in to the ropes without error (a paranoid father 
-did check up on him, of course!). 
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-The Belayer clips his or her harness into a safety line attached to the floor, then 
-threads the rope into a simple Belay device and attaches both to his harness using a 
-carabiner (an O-shaped metal connector with a locking gate that can be opened). ​ The reason 
-for the safety line is so that even if the climber weighs more than the belayer, the belayer 
-can keep control; it locks him or her to the ground. ​ As the climber ascends, the belayer 
-takes up the slack. ​ If the rope coming in and out of the belay device are lined up, the rope 
-moves freely, but by simply moving the right hand down and seperating the two ropes, one 
-can radically increase the friction on the rope and lock the climber in place, then gently 
-lower him.  It's really pretty cool.  You can find lots of technical information about 
-how this all works 
-[[http://​www.petzl.com/​FRENG/​tech/​techframe.html|here]]. 
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-Here we see James warming up on one of several small kid-walls in the gym.  As 
-these are low to the ground, no ropes are required. ​ Solving climbing "​problems"​ that 
-are close to the ground and do not require ropes is called "​bouldering"​. ​ James spent 
-quite a bit of time on this section practicing his moves, often doing complete loops 
-around. 
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-After doing some bouldering and polishing off some simple vertical walls which required 
-ropework, James came up against his nemesis. ​ This was a vertical wall with a negative 
-ledge -- getting over the ledge required getting the feet up to just underneath it (the 
-little blue rock just under the ledge) and 
-then standing up while moving the hands. ​ He came "​unstuck"​ several times before we 
-decided to give it a rest.  The funny thing hanging off his butt is a chalk-bag; climbers 
-use chalk to keep their hands dry and improve their grip.  They can just reach behind 
-and dip their hands anytime they feel the need. 
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-Of course Robert, with his longer legs, had a much easier time of this one. 
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-All the personal training Robert has been enduring came in handy when he decided to try 
-one of the intermediate climbs in the gym.  You'll notice that the rope is going through 
-two loops with carabiners on them.  When you get to the part of the wall where it goes 
-horizontal, you have to open the carabiner and remove the rope.  If you fall at that 
-point (and it's a grab for the white rock with the green tape attached!), you do a real 
-big swing. ​ The rocks on the horizontal sections have underhangs on them you can 
-grab onto, and you use your feet and hands against each other to stay glued. 
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-You may be asking yourself, "how do they get the rope back into the carabiner 
-at the top of the wall so the next guy can climb safely?" ​ Well, that's a secret 
-I won't reveal -- go and find out yourself! 
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-Robert also tried a nasty overhang. ​ The black stuff on the floor is actually ground-up 
-old tires, very nice to land in.  This area is used for both top-roping and bouldering; 
-you can have a lot of fun (and fear!) 1 foot off the ground, let me tell you.  In case 
-you are wondering, the colored stickers and tape next to the rocks mark different 
-routes. ​ If you want to do a route, you can only use rocks marked the same way as 
-handholds. 
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-I only got a chance to try this wall once, and I came off going for the white rock 
-directly above me in the top third. 
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-And finally, remember the ledge that he had problems with?  Later in the afternoon, 
-we went back to it and he tried again. ​ His first two attempts, he came unstuck 
-again. ​ Robert arrested him with the belay device so he could reattach to the wall 
-and try it again. ​ Third time was a charm, and up he went.  But Robert forgot to take 
-a photo, so he had to climb the whole wall again. ​ What a rat! 
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-Of course, now that he knew he could do it, he just swarmed up the wall like 
-Spiderman, and blew past the ledge like it wasn't there. ​ Way to go, James! 
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-Our thanks to the staff (and patrons) of The Climbing Place. ​ You can call them at 
-910-486-9638,​ or email them at [[[email protected]]]. 
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