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Grasping the narrow ledge and less than adequate hand-holds I reflected on how I ended up here Less than two hours ago I was overjoyed at the prospect of climbing my first real rock I had climbed walls before and considered myself a good climber I admittedly was not exceptional but neither did I believe I was terrible I was confident that this endeavor would be simple Not only did I believe I was up to the challenge but I looked forward to jeering any of my friends that had trouble The first obstacle was actually getting up to where the harnesses were passed out I tensed as I viewed my path It was three rock faces that came together forming various angles The person ahead of me took a running start leaped from the first to the second rock face and then to the top with the agility of a tennis ball My chest tightened watching him I closed my eyes and held my breath Although I displayed the grace of an ox I did make it up barely I could feel the adrenaline pump through my body My knees were shaking and I was sure I would fall off the mountain and die any moment now My head was swimming and I found it hard to keep my balance I fumbled with my harness Once it was on I double and triple checked to be sure it was properly attatched Looking down into the valley below I started to sway even more and felt I would soon loose my balance It had to be two or there hundred feet to the bottom of the valley I sat down on what felt like loose gravel I sipped some water and calmed down The climbers all appeared to be having an easy time of it and although I was not quite yet ready to volunteer I felt confident I would not embarrass
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