It’s been over a month since I last wrote anything, mostly because I’ve kept myself too busy with work, business, and other mundane task. Not enough climbing, to much typing, overworked, and lacking motivation.
Earlier this year, I accepted a temporary position at Surabaya International School. Their Drama teacher has been in intensive care for nearly a year, so I felt this was one way to help a school I am very impressed. The administration agreed to work around my other commitments. I’ve always enjoyed teaching, so this was a nice way to be helpful. The fact that I have no experience teaching Drama only added to the decision. I wanted a new challenge. Unfortunately, this means that I’ve had less time to do other things, mainly climb and develop new routes.
Yes, new routes. Last month while looking attempting to hike from Trawas to Tretas for the 5th time, my hiking partners and I found what could be a great new sport climbing crag. If I were not teaching at SIS, I would have already returned to explore the possibilities much more closely. Based on the topography, I believe the area should have at least one other similar cliff.
I say explore, because a couple weeks before the hike, I managed to overwork an elbow tendon and was laid up with no climbing for nine weeks. Even now, I climb a bit, then rest two or three days to prevent the injury from reoccurring. Worst part, I didn’t hurt myself climbing, but while doing push-ups to avoid any climbing injuries.
It’s amazing how difficult it is to sit at Class 5 RCC working on various task knowing that I can’t climb. From my perch in the ledge café, I can watch everyone enjoying themselves as they boulder, top-rope, or lead what look like fantastic routes.
On the Class 5 RCC front, I go from school to the gym. We just celebrated our one year anniversary with a glow in the dark party. Currently, we’re repainting the gym with bright and friendly colors.
|Repainting at Class5 RCC|
|Day and Night during our Anniversary|
Like I said, nothing new lately. I am now in get back in shape mode. Runing a few time a week, climbing a few routes every few days, hiking when I can, and should soon be bolting new routes on a new sport crag not far from Surabaya. Who knows, maybe Surabaya will become the center of the “Climbing Scene” in East Java.
|With Yoga now offered at Class 5 RCC, I can practice too.|