Miss Flora crushing it coming out of this gnarly overhang. Seeing this woman's persistence and effort was truly inspiring. Rock climbing is really such an unnatural sport, physically and mentally. Shoving your feet into shoes way to small for your feet, almost every muscle in your body begins aching while you focus on breathing and ignoring the instinctual voice in the back of your head screaming at you to go down to safety, and replacing it with your drive to top out the route. I'm still fairly new to this all, but I wonder if the fear of falling is something you can ever truly let go of. Leading a climb I know the rope and my belayer will catch me, but yet after every successful move comes a breathe of relief, as if I just dodged falling to the ground. The more I climb the more I realize that it is a practice of meditation, calming the mind while trusting your body and your capabilities. Even after you've taken a fall.