Climbers need yoga. Here’s why…
I’ve been doing the planes, trains and automobiles thing for 3 and a half weeks straight now. Yesterday I got back home to Colorado and spent most of my 17 hours in between jobs ﬁghting Christopher Walken and his goons with a samurai sword thanks to my good friend NyQuil. The dreams alone were worth it, however looking back, now that I am on this plane to Florida I certainly wish I would have taken the time to do my stretches and my yoga.
I’ve been climbing rocks, ice, and big mountains for the last 20 years and when I’m not doing that, I’m running and operating a rope access business. (Don’t worry, you’re not alone when you sit there and say “what the hell is rope access”). Rope access is a more legit way of making money since climbing silly rocks and ice doesn’t pay squat unless you think free clothes is the way to pay for someone to wipe your ass at age 95. If it’s inspection or repair work that needs to be done, then we can do it, the only rub is that we do it in really hard to reach places that cranes and scaffolders can’t reach and we do it while hanging from ropes. Find out more info on what I get to do everyday at my kick ass job at http://www.geminiropeaccess.org/
Anyway, climbing always put me in a place of peace from a mental standpoint. As soon as I laced up my boots and began to climb, my world shrunk down to a 6 foot bubble that only I presided over. It was a bubble of shelter and tranquility. The only problem with my little 6 foot bubble was that sometimes I couldn’t put my foot where I wanted to, or I couldn’t get myself into the position that I wanted to be in to execute the right move. Little things like that can sometimes mean the difference between a 25 foot screaming fall or a big fat pat on the back after executing the right ingredients of moves. I soon realized that it was going to take some outside the box thinking in order to keep this body of mine working the way that I wanted it to.
As a wee laddie in my late teens and early 20’s I’m pretty sure that like the rest of you folks I thought I was invincible. I literally thought that life was going to be all about me just kicking some serious ass. Not a single amount of advice by the elders was given the slightest pause. Well….. I don’t have to sit here and tell you how wrong I was. As we get older we become more and more like the Tin man from the Wizard of Oz. We need oil and constant movement to keep the machine going. I started yoga about two and a half years ago. For someone who pretty much wrote the book on ADD it was hard to make the time to take care of my body. Words like “squirrel” no longer a distracted me. I’d moved on to the hard stuff like
“synapses” and “neurotransmitters”. I always told myself things like “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I feel ﬁne today”. As my brother once said, “if the ﬁre is hot enough, then you will climb the rope”. Words like that could not be more true…
Since I have taken up yoga, I’ve seen a surprising amount of side effects occur. These side effects include increased mobility, less daily pain in my arthritic back, more smiles and the ability to just do. It’s hard to explain to anyone something that they have no idea of. It takes a certain amount of being there to at least put on that pair of shoes. I can only speak on my behalf but I’ve learned to stop saying that I understand even if I think that I do, simply because everyone is different and everyone experiences things on a different level. Nowadays I simply just listen.
I leave you with this.
You are all worth something. And do more yoga. That is all.
Trask Bradbury was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. After spending some time in Missouri he moved to Colorado to pursue climbing.Soon climbing became an obsession. Finding work wherever he could Trask was able to climb most of the year. Rock climbing turned into ice climbing, ice climbing turned into alpine climbing and soon he was traveling all over the globe to climb. Trask was able to turn his passion for climbing into a career by starting up a rope access company called Gemini Rope Access Solutions. By bringing ropes into the inspection and repair world of heavy industry Trask soon learned that work could be performed from ropes versus scaffold and crane at a fraction of the cost. Athleticism and agility were key to this niche and keeping the body prime was key. Yoga and stretching were the most important tools for this task.