Wednesday’s Write Weight: Climbing Bandelier National Monument

The Alcove House or ceremonial cave can be reached by a series of stone steps and 4 vertical ladders bolted to the side of the cliff. There was no question that I would be climbing those ladders–me, the one afraid of heights. But I was compelled to climb since I knew that I may never return to the site again. Now or never.

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The mistake I made in climbing (this I learned by my sore shoulders the next day) was pulling myself up, hand over hand, with my arms. When I should have used my arms to guide and lift with my legs–since they are much stronger.

Quite truthfully, I stopped at each postage-stamp landing to catch my breath as my fear of heights was making me hyperventilate. But after being cheered on from the crowd above, I found renewed bravado and made it to the top where I proceeded to find a large boulder on which to rest and clamp onto!

Trying something new and conquering a fear makes one grow as a person. When I began taking boot camp classes last year, I learned how beneficial it is for mind, body, and spirit to challenge oneself. Just because I’m nearing 60 doesn’t mean I can’t try new things. And I’m so thrilled that I did.

Daily Gratitude: Greek platter for dinner

Quote of the Day for YOU: The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.


11 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Write Weight: Climbing Bandelier National Monument

  1. Pingback: Bandelier National Monument « The Incredible Lightness of Seeing

      • I just finished a book called “From A Distance” by Tamera Alexander. It is set in the late 1800’s and the main character is an aspiring photographer and travels west to photograph Mesa Verde…It was an easy read…just what I needed to help me relax in the evening…life has been a whirlwind lately.

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  3. I think there must be degrees of this fear of heights. I experience vertigo and I am a danger to myself and others because of the dizziness and faintness I feel. I wish I could control it but it overwhelms me. This might explain it:
    “Acrophobia sufferers can experience a panic attack in a high place and become too agitated to get themselves down safely.” Yep!

    Proud of you that you did this! Keep pushing the envelope, as they say!

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