Wellnitz Takes on Harrowing Rock-Climbing Experience in Granada, Spain

January 28, 2012 Purnell Cropper

By Katelyn Wellnitz

Hola Coach!!

Que tal?? How's life at Arcadia??

Thought I'd send you some updates from espana about my most recent cross-training activity: rock climbing :)

Crazy fun. We drove out of Granada about thirty minutes to this little pueblo and then drove up a mountain. We were climbing at like 2700 ft. So crazy. My hands are all red and mottled and my knuckles are so sore. But, the reason I'm sending you this is because i was about halfway up my third climb, the hardest one, after about 3 hours of climbing and belaying, when I was about to quit. Heights freak me out and i was in a particularly precarious spot, with practically nothing to hold on to. I have no idea what my feet were gripping, but I was about as flat up against the rock as I could get, having a minor panic attack. I managed to calm myself down and push through it though by telling myself "You played thirty minutes of soccer in 4 inches of snow when you couldn't feel your feet. You can climb a damn rock wall."

Thought you might appreciate that haha.

Hope everybody on the team is doing well!! tell them all I said hola!!!

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