Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Leap of Faith

This saturday, Snoopy and I went to a team building ropes course with a bunch of other friends. The course is in a park about an hour away from the city. It consist of platforms connected by ropes and wooden beams high up among the trees about 4 stories off the ground. They attach you to a safety rope and make you climb up there and explore. It was really strenuous work because you are basically rope walking the whole time while using your arms to keep your body up right. my arms are really sore now. It is funny in that you know you are perfectly safe the whole time, but it is still very scary to walk in midair and trying not to fall. Even a tiny little gap between two platforms becomes a deep chasm that is just waiting to swallow you. Even though i am not afraid of heights it is still a challenge to overcome the instinct of wanting to be on flat ground haha.

Later in the day, the most challenging part of the course came to us. It is this 36 feet tall wooden poll where you have to climb up and stand on top. the top is barely big enough for a pair of feet. Then they slide this trapeze over to you just out of your reach. You are then forced to jump for it. You can see how I did in the video above. I reached the bar but wasn't able to hold on. I think my hands are just too weak. It doesn't look like very far from the bottom, but when you are standing on top of the pole, alone up there, the trapeze might as well be across the forest. I almost hyperventilated up there trying to work up the nerve to jump lol. I totally respect sky divers now lol.


Kiratomato said...

Tochi and I did something really similar at the Cornell ropes course during senior week. The tall wooden pole thing was freaky since it sways a lot; I spent a long time just crouched on it, working up the nerve to stand up.

Tochi said...

The video builds it up so well.... so much anticipation before your actual jump. I was holding my breath the entire time. XD

yeah, I remember that pole thingy. Standing up was definitely the hardest part... I still don't know how we manage to do it. lol. Even if it didn't sway, I would have been just as freaked out.