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Our Night Rock Climbing Experience

Have you ever done something really, and I mean really, out of your comfort zone? High heights have always been one of my biggest fears.  I went to Paris and didn’t even consider going up in the Eiffel Tower if that gives you perspective on how crippling it’s has been for me. That being said, I’ve become fairly adventurous as I’ve gotten older which has worked out in my favor when I’ve been faced with heights. Hiking, for instance, is one of my very favorite activities now and it has really helped quell that acute kind of fear I used to experience when looking down at the world below. The hubs and I regularly hike in the North Georgia Mountains and, last year, we tackled Camelback Mountain and Bell Rock in Arizona. So, while I’ve hiked up mountains, what I haven’t done yet is attempt rock climbing…until recently that is.

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hiking boots

Megan and I were lucky enough to go on a night rock climbing excursion with Wade Purswell of Wild West Climbing during our dude ranch getaway at White Stallion Ranch and it was an experience I won’t soon forget. Let’s start with the fact that apart from the lights on our helmets, we hiked in the pitch black from the truck to the rock. That really got our adrenaline going! Thank goodness we had our hiking boots ready. Rockport’s hiking boots proved to be the perfect shoes to wear for a nighttime hike. They were both comfortable and kept our feet protected at the same time. Wade even had something to say about our smart footwear choice. Haha!

And speaking of Wade…I have to say that his calm, easy going manner instantly put me at ease, and while we were definitely out there with some major wildlife, I wasn’t uncomfortable. That tranquil demeanor did the same thing for me when it was time to tackle the rock too.

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rock climbing guide

I know I said that I’m more adventurous these days, but there is still something pretty scary about relying on little more than your body strength and a rope to keep you from falling off a 40 foot high rock. What I figured out fairly quickly though was that our guide was extremely safety conscious and really took the time to explain everything that he was doing to secure the situation. In fact, he has been able to carve out hand and footholds himself because the rock is on White Stallion Ranch’s private property, whereas typically you would be climbing in a National Park.

So, when it came time for me to scramble up that well-lit rock, I was completely comfortable heading right for the top! And while Megan may have been slightly less gung ho, she totally dug deep and went way higher than she thought she could. The experience was definitely empowering for both of us!

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conquering fears

rocking climbing gear


Now you may have noticed that we rocked matching leggings. It wasn’t the first time we’ve matched, and it won’t be the last. At least this time it was intentional. Bwah! You see Raeswear was kind enough to send us both a pair of their athletic capris and they were perfect for the occasion. Not only did they keep us nice and cool thanks to the wicking/fast drying fabric, but they come equipped with a handy dandy pocket that’s perfect for slipping your phone, ID and whatnot into when you’re out on a run. Meg had our hotel room key in the waistband storage pocket the entire time we were rock climbing and it was safe, secure and comfortable. So, while they definitely worked for our night rock climbing experience, these athletic capris will definitely be worn a lot more this fall!

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Here’s a close up of Megan showing the pocket back at home. How cool is that?!

handy pocketraeswear running tights

So, if you’re in the Tucson area, I highly suggest you add a climb with Wild West Climbing to your itinerary. You can even bring older kiddos. I can so see my fearless eight year old dominating that rock. And even if you aren’t fearless, by conquering that trepidation, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world when you’re done…and you just might awaken a new passion. I, for one, can’t wait to try rock climbing again! And if I can tackle night rock climbing again…even better! There is something about doing it in the stillness of the evening that really heightens all your senses and makes things even more exciting.

Disclosure: We were not paid for this post. We did receive complementary rock climbing and clothing samples.

  • Kendall Rayburn

    Night rock climbing! You brave, brave gals! That looks like it’d be so much fun – and you guys look adorable to boot!

    September 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Terri Steffes

    Super proud of you looking your fears in the face! I am not a climber but I love to watch others do it. It looks beautiful to me.

    September 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • OurFamilyWorld

    Rock climbing is on my wishlist. This looks super fun and thrilling.

    September 10, 2016 at 2:00 am Reply
  • Amanda

    You’re so brave!! I honestly don’t think I have the courage to try it 😡

    September 10, 2016 at 5:04 am Reply
  • William Sweeney

    This looks like so much fun to do!! I think it would be so hard to do in the dark though.

    September 10, 2016 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Louise Bishop

    Oh my goodness, looks super fun! I went night kayaking the other night. It was a bit scary haha

    September 10, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Veronica

    Do your hands and fingers have to be very strong to be able to do this? You look pretty good at doing this!

    September 10, 2016 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Kim

    I’ve never been rock climbing but you make it look so fun and easy. I would love to truly experience it outside!

    September 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Nicole Escat

    Woah! It’s really fun adventure for sure! Climbing is one of my dream!

    September 11, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply
  • jill conyers

    What a fun experience. Rock climbing is something my whole family would enjoy.

    September 11, 2016 at 5:12 am Reply
  • karen

    Oooh – I would so love to try this! I wonder if we have any of these types of things near me in Cleveland? Hmmm… and those capris do look comfy and I would probably end up living in them! 🙂

    September 11, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply
  • Jaime

    I love rock climbing. I used to go often before I had my daughter but we never did night rock climbing. Tucson isn’t far for me so I may have to try this!

    September 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Amanda Love

    I’ve tried rock climbing before which is fun and amazing but I’ve never tried it at night! That looks like a lot of fun as well and I wouldn’t mind experiencing it!

    September 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    This looks awesome! I haven’t been rock climbing, especially at night…but it looks awesome! This could be a fun date night!

    September 12, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Rock climbing at night looks like it would be so much fun but also so challenging! I don’t know how I would fare.

    September 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    I’d love to go rock climbing! I’ve done it at the gym but never like this!

    September 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Katriza Luna

    Awesome! How cool is that? I haven’t been rock climbing even in the daytime but what an adventure going at night must be!

    September 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Wow, that is adventurous. I use to go rock climbing when I was A LOT younger but never at night. Way to go on challenging your comfort zone.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply
  • Rebecca Bryant

    How fun. I would do this in a heartbeati love this kind of adventure. Love the cute pants, They look comfy for working out.

    September 13, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply

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