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Channeling a few of my awesome friends, I forced myself to do something that terrified me tonight. I went and took the lead class at the gym, which included lead climbing, and taking a ~10ft lead fall.

My heart didn't really stop pounding for over 30 minutes after I was back on the ground, but I did manage to do it -- I didn't even cling to the hold when I was supposed to fall, nor break into tears. I did yell at the top of my voice as I was falling, everyone cheered :)

Next weekend, if all goes well, I hope to take the actual lead test with DC!
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I know I haven't written anything about the climbing trip yet, but the pictures have been posted.

Not really going to post about it now either, but I wanted to share my experiments with photo stitching.  The first morning, I got up at a silly early hour, enough so that I was up and about to see the sunrise.  I walked up to the top of the hill near our camp, and just snapped a series of pictures of the mountains around - no tripod, not really even stopping for each picture, just letting the camera grab them as I was spinning.

The original 9 are posted with the rest of the pictures linked above.  Then, I sat with gimp, and just tried connecting them.  It worked kinda ok, but the picture boundaries were really obvious (click to see the whole thing):

Then, I tried (still with the gimp) to see if I can hide the boundary lines a bit - mostly smudging, a little bit with the stamp tool (click to see the whole thing):

Better, but the exposure still needed correcting.  Then, today, Xavier mentioned Hugin, and I figured I'll give it a shot.  I think it really worked quite well (click to see the whole thing):

I think next time I'll try it with a tripod though - you can certainly see the movement as I spin to the left.
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Back in the day, when I was in the "hiking club" in high school, we went on a few climbing trips.  I didn't really know what we were doing, but I really enjoyed it.

Fast forward about 20 years, and I discovered (through a girl on OKC) that climbing is now available, *indoors*!  No more needing to get a big group together, or have all the fancy equipment, or even know how to use it.  So of course I started climbing, and have been really enjoying it.

Completely by accident, a few weeks after I started climbing (again), I met a whole bunch of people who climb quite a bit.  Well, yay, I now have climbing partners!  Not only that, but they go on climbing trips, and know what they're doing, and can teach me stuff!

That brings us up to this past weekend.  See, we have a 4 day climbing trip next month.  This will be the first time I've gone outdoor climbing since the 80s.  It will also be one of the other girl's first time outdoors.  So just to make sure we know what we're getting into, we went to a local rock in Berkeley, just for a few hours to try it out.  Then, there was ropes, and harnesses, and some scrapes and blood and a general good time:

Allison on the rockDC making a tricky move
Stephanie climbing, I'm belaying far far below

Bottom line, it was awesome, and I can't wait for next month.  Only thing I'm worried about now is if I should get a new lens for the trip, since I think something with a little bit more zoom might be helpful.  Perhaps one of the 70-200mm lenses...  We'll see.

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