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Extreme Kellie: Rock Climbing

It's 50 feet up, but it feels like 500 feet!!!

I went rock climbing outdoors for the first time and let me tell you... no part of it was easy!  From hiking up a tough trail in Golden...

To picking the perfect day....

And finding the perfect rock wall to climb...

I was scared to pull my entire body weight straight up the side of this huge rock and try to make it to the top! 

Denver Adventures has certified guides who essentially walk you through the whole experience in a safe way.  We had a blast talking about the sport and working with each other on the climb. 

They provided all the gear and hooked me up to the lines that are attached to anchors already set in the rock.  One step at a time, I tried to use the "80/20 rule"... use 80% legs and 20% arms to pull myself up. 

Remember, my photographer has to follow me (with ALL that heavy gear!) to get the great shots.  It was tough for Peter, too!

I made it all the way to the top!  What an adrenaline rush and an accomplishment to stand that high up and look down from where I started.  All the people and trees and cars seemed like ants from way up there!  If you've ever had the inclination to do this... I highly recommend it and I'd do it all over again. 

I may see you out there!

Watch our full story in the coming weeks on The Deuce at 7pm!  

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