There is this television commercial running these days that shows a young woman who hangs from rock ledges, climbs up sheer rock faces and assorted mountains. I don’t remember what the commercial is for – shows you how effective an ad it is – but it’s not one that I will soon forget.
This woman stands on top of these skinny little mountain tops and rock piles – no wider than her foot.
I know, it could be sleight of hand. A good film editor might be the real star here. The woman could be standing on top of a platform two feet off the ground with the skinny mountain top superimposed. Computers have made it so you can’t trust anything you see on television. I have been told, however, everything’s legit in this particular ad.
But even if it is not real, it scares the beegeebers out of me.
Honestly, I have a difficult time watching it. Usually, I turn my head until the ad is over.
Squeamish? Absolutely. Chicken? You betcha! I have never liked heights. I have even tried to make myself tolerate heights, but it has never worked.
Once, on a family vacation, I decided to drive to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado to conquer my fears. It was a white knuckler all the way, but we made it up and down without a problem. Another time I took the elevator to the restaurant deck of the CN Tower in Toronto. No big deal (I could say that after I came back down.) And although I did make it to the observation deck near the top of the Las Vegas hotel Stratosphere, I couldn’t bring myself to walk over to the railing and look down.
Even if I am sitting in my easy chair with the remote in one hand and a beverage in the other, I get an uneasy feeling when I see people standing on ledges or dangling from a cliff, even though I know deep down it’s probably fake.
To make this scenario even a bit stranger, I have always enjoyed reading books about maintain climbers. If it gets too scary, I figure I can always close the book and pull up the covers and dream about fishing or something.
I suppose there are people who really like that ad. It gets their juices flowing. More power to them.
For people around here who like to climb, the Urban Krag in Dayton’s Oregon District has been quite successful. It’s a pretty cool place to see, even for a non-climber like me.
Karl Williamson took an old church at the corner of Cass and Clay streets and turned it into perhaps the most unique climbing gym in the U.S. In fact, he told a television reporter that the only other climbing gym located inside an old church is in England.
Urban Krag, which has been open since 1996, has walls of different heights (all the way up to 56 feet). The building had been condemned and was scheduled to be demolished before Williamson stepped in and turned its high walls into climbing challenges. All climbers wear harnesses and have a buddy on the floor handling the ropes.
Check it out at http://urbankrag.com/.
I know it’s completely safe, but – sorry – I can’t see myself 56 feet up in the air, harness or no harness.