Almost every time I go to Stone Mountain State Park I get to see technical rock climbers making their ways up the face of the cliffs. I really like watching them working the routes to the top. They're all very careful and take their time on the walls. As I understand it, Stone Mountain is a relatively easy technical climb and many instructors use it as a classroom because of the relative safety of its routes.
Generally, I shy away from such steep areas. As I've said before, those kinds of risk just aren't for me. However, as I was scrambling up to the edges of the technical routes, I looked up to watch the real climbers high above me. And I really wanted to join in.
Maybe one of these days before I get too old, I'll give it a shot.
Self-service permit box so that the rangers will know who you are if you fall and go "squish".
This flake of rock kept telling me to keep climbing. "C'mon," it said. "It's safe! Keep goin'!"