Tama­ra Hastie of live.love.climb shares the peace and seren­i­ty climb­ing brings to her life.

Why do I love to rock climb?

Let me count the ways.….…

For the last ten years rock climb­ing has tru­ly changed my life offer­ing me my ulti­mate escape.

It re-orga­nized my life com­plete­ly into new perspectives.

Look­ing out from the base of a cliff I am sur­round­ed only by beau­ty and seren­i­ty. Once up on the cliff, no mat­ter if I am fifty or thou­sands of feet up, the per­spec­tive in my world changes every time. Just like true love, it nev­er gets old; it just gets bet­ter every time I tie in to the rope.

I for­get about bills, rent, work, oils spills, and ridicu­lous pol­i­tics! It’s a time dur­ing which I real­ly have lit­tle to no feel­ings about what is hap­pen­ing below; it is as though my mind is reborn every time I pick up my rack, put on my Mythos and com­mit myself to a climb.

It’s me, the move­ments, and the breezes that grasp the under­stand­ing of the code of a par­tic­u­lar rock climb, break­ing apart fears and expectations…learning what I am tru­ly capa­ble of achiev­ing, phys­i­cal­ly and men­tal­ly. To tru­ly bet­ter under­stand myself.

The pop­u­la­tion at large may not under­stand how very sim­ple rock climb­ing actu­al­ly is… a tru­ly refresh­ing change of life’s stress­ful times on the ground below. I know that rock climb­ing will always be my ulti­mate escape.

Then I ask myself a good question:

Why on earth do I come down?

If you want to read more from Tama­ra, check out her site live.love.climb

Also, you can view her pho­tog­ra­phy here.

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