S@#T My Husband Thinks While Rock Climbing

I wrote this post last year, but have taken advantage of the the Daily Prompt to rework and add a few bits.
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We’ve just finished a few days of climbing at Red Rock Canyon, (10 miles west of Las Vegas) and Joshua Tree. I know what John says, while he climbs, but was curious to know what he thinks. He assured me that his thoughts rarely vary…..
What John says: Well done.
What John thinks: (S@#T!!! It’s my turn!)
Shelley: Thanks. Some of those bolts were at least 4 to 5 metres apart. Crazy Ass scary. 
What John thinks: (S#$%!!!!)
What John says: Really?
Shelley: But the climb, itself, a 5.7, isn’t too bad. You just have to get used to the idea that it’s sandstone and parts of it can break off.
What John thinks: (S#$%!! Maybe if I can get her to go again, we’ll run out of time and have to leave.) 
What John says: Go again, you Climbing Goddess, you.
Shelley: Ha! Don’t be silly. It’s your turn. Yeouchhhh!!! My toes are cramping. Take a picture.
PicMonkey CollageWhat John Thinks:  (Whew! Saved. Thank you God.)
What John Says: That’s a sign. We should pack it in for the day.
Shelley: No worries. I’ll just drink more fluids…. There. All good.
What John thinks: (S#$%!!! I don’t want to do this!)
What John says: OK. But I don’t have a good feeling about this. If I say “I’m done.” I’m done. I mean it.
Shelley: Of course. Now, get up there, honey. Whoops!! Would you look at that? The carabiner’s not locked. You should be more careful with your safety check before you climb. Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha! 

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What John thinks: ( She forgot to close and lock the carabiner??? Then laughed???? WTF??? Climbing is not a laughing matter)
What John says: Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha! Silly me. Climbing?
Shelley: Climb on.
What John thinks: (S#$%!! I don’t want to go up there. I don’t. If Shelley struggled, I’ll struggle even more. Jesus Christ. It’s so high. At least 30 meters.
What John thinks: (…….. OK. I’m off the ground. Good… Good………. S#$%!!!! My knot’s undone! I’m going to slide off the end of the rope!)
What John says: My knot’s undone. 

Shelley: That’s just the tail. Tie it up. Dai jo buh desu ka?
What John thinks: (Now I have to try to speak Japanese and get up this F@$@ing cliff too?)
What John says: Dai jo buh desu.
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Shelley: ……… Wow John! You flew over that first half. Looking good. 
What John thinks: (I’ve run out of holds. My feet are too big. There’s nothing for my hands. I am going to fall! I am going to die! Tighten. Tighten! TIGHTEN!!!!! GOD DAMN IT!!!!!!! HAVE YOU GOT ME???????
What John says: Tighten, please.
Shelley: Got you. On your left. There’s a big jug.
What John thinks: (That is not a big jug. THAT IS NOT A BIG JUG!!!!! WHAT THAT IS… IS…  S#$%!!!!! I WANT OFF !!!!!!!) 
What John says: No. Not working. Coming down.
Shelley: V-sit.
Kid watching: What a wimp!!!
What John thinks: (WHAT…A… LITTLE….S@$T!!!!)
What John says: Hang on…..Let me try ….. S#$%!!!!!!!!!!! Pwuahhhh!  S#$%!!!!!!!!!!! Pwaahhhhssssshhhhh! Whew… Whew…..WHEW!!!!
Shelley: Yayyyyy!!!! That was incredible. You’re almost there!
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Follow the blue/green  line down to Shelley, the belayer.

What John thinks: (S#$%!!!!!!!!!!! I shouldn’t have looked down. This climb, plus the 100 metres hike from the valley, makes it  ….. S@$%!!!!!!

What John says: Coming down! I’m V-sitting. COMING DOWN!!!!
Shelley: But there’s only about 5 metres left. Are you sure?
What John thinks: (Am I “sure? “ I have never been more sure in my life. I DO NOT WANT TO FINISH. I DID NOT WANT TO START. JESUS CHRIST SHELLEY! I HATE HEIGHTS. FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS I HAVE HATED CLIMBING! !!!)
What John says: Of course not. I’m joking. I’m a Smith. Smiths don’t quit. I want to finish. ….MADE IT!!! I MADE ITTTT!!!!! Coming down!
Shelley: You are awesome!!!!!!!!
What John thinks: (I am awesome.)
What John says: I. AM. AWESOME!!!

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Shelley and John

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7 thoughts on “S@#T My Husband Thinks While Rock Climbing

  1. Sitting here chuckling to the point of almost spilling my coffee at this post – love it! Awesome pics as well. I’m looking forward to following along as you settle back into life north of the border :-). P.S. – Came to your blog via Press “M” for Menopause and glad I did!

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