Camello & The Climb
Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
26Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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We were dumped off at the side of a winding road; our destination was literally just a massive cliff in which we had to hike up in order to get to the rock-climbing wall. This was the most challenging bit, because we were following Camello our guide, and he was walking so quickly that Barney and I were continuously out of breath! Camello is his nickname, which translates to Camel in English, this is what his friends and family call him due to the fact that he never drinks water
We reached our rockclimbing wall, and it was just that, a wall. Probably the flatest faced cliff I had ever seen, after stretching my neck as a gazed up at it, I suddenly realised that there was no climbing equipment there whatsoever! Just us 3 and a cliff. UNREAL. Adrenaline was pumping and took over, although I should have probably been a little more nervous at the fact that it was just a cliff. So excited! We got kitted out in our helmets and harnesses, whilst our guide climbed around the wall, I say climbed, he practically ran up and around it, to set up the anchor (I'm not sure what the technical word for this is, but its basically the thing that attaches the rope in which we are secured by, to the wall- literally, he just banged it in there haha, but he absailed down it... so it must be safe... right!?)
I was so excited, so I went first, looking all pro with the chalk bag hanging at my side, and I started the first of our 5 climbs. It was so challenging, unlike anything I've done before in terms of climbing- you had to search for ages for some sort of ridge of a crack to place your foot/hand to give you some leverage- majority of the time there wasn't any, so you just had to scatter up there like spiderman- I loved it
Once we reached the top of all of our climbs we were able to abseil down the cliff which was just as much fun as our climb to the top! He encouraged us to push off hard from the wall to get the best experience out of it, it felt like we were completely free and flying! At one point he really wasn't ready, or did not expect me to be so heavy, as I put all my effort and weight into my massive push off from the wall, and he was at the bottom supporting my rope and he just smashed straight into the cliff as he lost his footing!! Ahahaha it was so funny, I felt so bad but he assured me that he was okay! He then found a small rock to place his foot on to balance his weight to stabilise him! So much fun!
Our next challenge was to take certain routes, and start from certain places and use only our fists to pull ourselves up
We arrived back in the main square and went on a little city tour with the majority of the group I've been with this entire time. We ate really nice ice cream, visited the market, where all the girls went crazy and bought loads of silver jewellery as presents. We then went to this park which resembled Paris, even with a model of the Eiffel Tower (a Bolivian man created this park for his wife.) A few of us hunted for the levi's shop which turned out to be just as expensive, which was a let down and then we went for dinner, I ordered fajitas and extra chips which I was challenged to finish- and I did. Woo Yeah.