I went climbing for the first time on my birthday last June. The next day, every muscle in my body was sore, every joint ached, and every movement sent pain to a new location. My fingers were affixed in claw shapes even though I couldn't hold anything. Despite the anguish, I went back to the gym -- Stone Summit Indoor Climbing -- about a week later to do it again. I was still sore after that trip, but less so. It would take at least 1 more visit before I would wake up and feel little to no pain at all.
Stone Summit became a fun escape from my sedentary Day Job. With each ascent my chronic backpain became more manageable. My legs felt powerful; my grip intense. I joined the yoga classes in the Fall and increased my flexibility. This week, I top-roped my first 5.9 -- a great personal goal I set for myself. I have no interest in lead climbing or doing any top rope competitions, but I'm proud of the progress I've made.
Stone Summit is one of the best climbing gyms in the country. People travel from all over to scale the 65ft walls, either by top rope or lead climbing. Some prefer the bouldering wall. Anywhere I move, even if its near another gym, it will only come a distance second to Stone Summit. It'll be what I miss the most about Atlanta.