11 April, 2010

"Don't Worry. I've Got You . . . "


It seems like it's been a while since I've posted much about my 'non-design' life - but, yesterday was really kinda cool - so, here goes . . .

For you new readers, I've been working out with an amazing bootcamp program here in San Francisco for almost 3 years . . . and so many of my closest friends are now the people that I run (push-up, sit-up, sprint, sweat, bear-crawl, crunch, etc . . .) with 4 to 5 mornings a week. And it's been a life-changer. It has made me a morning person. Who knew I'd wake up before dawn without threats? Seriously, who knew?

Well, one of my favourite parts of the program is that we usually have a social activity on the calendar every month. We've been out to karaoke night. We've been bowling. We've had trapeze lessons. I'm pushing for a 80's dancing night.

But on the agenda yesterday - we went indoor rock climbing. Way cool. Even for someone like me - with some serious height issues.

That's me on the practice wall - up top.

Always working as a team. One climbing. One securing the safely rope.

Goin' up the 'big wall.'

holdin' steady.

And this gives you some sense of the size of the facility.

The feedback from the group - GREAT FUN. And I can't wait to go back again!
It seems like these climbing facilities are popping up everywhere . . . and I truly recommend them it there's one close to you. And after conquering your fear of heights - maybe it'll be even easier to use that fantastic textile that's you've been skittish about using. Or maybe that dramatic new paint colour.

Be bold. Be brave. Find out who's holding your safety rope. They won't let you fall.

'I can see my house from here,'



I wish I had your discipline to do any physical activity. I'm the Antichrist of sports. But I truly admire you to go to your boot camp and look so good ;)

tartanscot said...


It's become such a part of the 'pattern of my life' now - that I can't imagine being away from it.

the 'fitness' part is just a part of the group.


Gina said...

I can be bold with colors, but no, that wall looks ominous.

tartanscot said...


LOL! It's not nearly as bad as it looks. But, kudos to you on your aforementioned boldness!


Ms Smart said...

good for you. looks and sounds fun. bravo fair scotsman.

Karena said...

Wow Scot, I am amazed. I have done a little rock climbing and rapelling, it has been some time though. I am feeling the need to work out!!

Art by Karena

sharon said...

Well done, I am full of admiration. These indoor walls are really popular in France but you'll never get me up one. No way!


tartanscot said...

Sharon -

You should understand - I'm terrified of heights - like afraid of being on a 3 foot step ladder . . . lol.

And I was okay. A little shaky coming down . . . but, I can't wait to try it again.

I'm glad to know that they're up in Europe as well.


D.B. said...

I'll go as high as need be but coming back down - paralyzing! More frightening than that, waking up before dawn!!

tartanscot said...

the crazy part about coming down -

is that you just.

and your partner lowers you down. and repel off the wall with you feet a bit.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

OMG, you make me want to be a better person. Seriously, LOOK AT YOU in those photos! You are a rock god. Very impressed. I need to say that again: VERY impressed! xx

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Now I understand why you look so good in a kilt!!!

Listened to your SRT interview the other day....so enjoyable!

And, to echo Lisa...very impressed.

tartanscot said...

I was less impressive when I was shaking. lol.

La Petite Gallery said...

I am so impressed with you. How fabulous, you are pretty brave to try that climb. Congratulations for making a change in your life, and a healthy one too.


Pinky said...

This is my very first visit to your blog and I have to say CONGRATULATIONS on going up that wall! I recently flew in an airplane for the first time in 35 years!!!!!!!!!!! I finally decided to conquer my fear and I also wanted to stop missing out on fun times and trips! Here's to being braver than we think we can be!!!!! Pinky

tartanscot said...


Here, here! A toast - to being braver than we thought we were!


Easy and Elegant Life said...

Hoo Ya! Isn't it amazing what you can do with a team at your back?

I've never climbed indoors. Doesn't look too bad. I might give it a try if I've still got my gear lying around.

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