Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 16, 2010


Filed under: 1 — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:03 am
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one of my figure eights

In 72 hours I will be en route to Canyonlands NP for the first day of Basic Technical Rescue. While I know that I can handle five days of intensive training (I feel physically ready and mentally ‘on my game’), there is a large degree of trepidation here. It’s normal, but it’s unsettling. I am playing the comparison game — measuring myself against the other participants, and wondering what the heck I am doing among them. Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue, those types — people who have been climbing for years.

My housemate Lauren and I went top-roping last night, just because it was a perfect opportunity to get out of town a few miles and tackle two climbing routes along the Colorado River. [Top-roping: Lauren hikes to top of cliff, secures rope, rappels down, and then we take turns climbing the rock face while belaying each other. Fun, quick, convenient climbing.] As I clumsily attached the rope to my harness I realized that I will be the least experienced climber on the training, having climbed only last fall for a couple of months. That makes my learning curve far steeper than that of other trainees. But, on the positive side, as soon as my feet got on the rock, it just felt RIGHT. It’s a good place to be. Judging from my previous post, there is a strong connection/attraction to rocks.

Still: I’m nervous.


  1. A bit of stage-fright is a good thing….

    Comment by rjcquilt — April 16, 2010 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  2. We all now know what rocks your world!

    Comment by Dale — April 16, 2010 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  3. just remember some of “those” that have been climbing for years are just as nervous as you are and way out of the comfort zone too;-) my mantra has been “be brave” instead of “don’t be afraid” because it’s okay to have some fear and it’s the fear that will probalby keep us safe. like an animal with its ears always pricked up. and you know, something i tell my daughter is just by showing up you’ve already won half the battle! so kathryn, odds are already in our favor. lets win the other half together!!!!

    Comment by triciao — April 16, 2010 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

    • I can’t tell you how relieved I am that I’ll have someone compassionate and helpful nearby. I’m already thinking of the stories we’ll make, and the memories that will last a long time. Glad you’re a co-trainee, Tricia! Arches doesn’t have a clue what a strong team we may someday make.

      Comment by kath56ryn — April 16, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  4. Don’t forget to look for agates while your there for your brothers.

    Comment by Chris — April 17, 2010 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  5. Nervousness=focus

    Comment by Ed Oak — April 17, 2010 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  6. (snip) “as soon as my feet got on the rock, it just felt RIGHT.”
    It’s those ROC genes . . .

    Comment by leroque — April 20, 2010 @ 9:47 am | Reply

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