A bit of struggling at Putrajaya Challenge Park climbing the top rope section
Missed out climbing for almost 3 weeks. Yesterday was a tiring but good day nonetheless on the walls of Putrajaya. You can see here my buddy Leo hanging on to take some climbing footage.
I’m not much of an athlete. I have no interest in soccer. Didn’t make it in the school track and field events. Skinny I was yes. Thought I can eat anything, everything under the sun and not get fat from that. Arrived in KL circa 1998 and there’s more oily food. Lots of variety. For all I know I went from 60+ kg to 85+ kg reaching almost 90 kg at one point. I decided to shed the weight and embarked on a trimming down journey. So on July 2010 I started climbing. Why I chose climbing? It’s practically safer than soccer. It gives you hell of a pain in the arse (literally)! You progress at your own pace and you set goals every time you’re climbing.
I am currently at 72 kg and thanks to climbing I am fitter, and much more positive compared to 2 years ago. Everyone can do a wipe hard drive clean maneuver. I hope to achieve 70 kg soon. Yo know where that extra 2 kg is coming from right? ha ha.
Had a great time yesterday at Camp5 Climbing Gym at One Utama shopping complex. Apparently Camp5 has an annual charity climb event where they invite NGO’s, Organizations, Homes to bring the people under their care to Camp5 for well you know, experience climbing! I signed up as a volunteer through their FB Page and they replied me the next day.
It is really a wonderful experience. Some of the kids are orphans ranging from 10 year olds to teenagers. I had two little kids with me during the first round. Logesh and Dinesh. Dinesh was the type who tends to do his own stuff and true enough he finally joined another volunteer. Logesh was a bright happy kid. We tried the top rope section. He was excited at first until he reached halfway and showed this really sad face and kept asking me to get him back down! ha ha.
The next ones were a group of teenagers from Afghanistan. Some of them were shy, some are more open when speaking cracking jokes etc. Really nice bunch of people. We end the session with some drinks and a little bit of pizza on the side. I’d love to help out again in the future.
FYI we don’t need to use stuff like tie down straps for climbing. All you need is a harness, proper shoes and you are good to go.