The Time I Was Obsessed With Rock Climbing

I drove for 2.5 hours and waited for what felt like an eternity to cross the border. I don’t remember what I did during that time other than pig out on my bag of chips. Perhaps, I don’t remember because that was all I did.

I was greeted by an officer who looked very handsome. In case you are wondering, NO. He won’t become my second husband because I’m already married!

Oh no, how can you forget!? With Blue Mountain, remember?


He asked me where I was going and I said Letchworth State Park. You should have seen his face, it was priceless! He looked very confused because he had no idea what that place was. Shame on him. It’s so close to the border that it should become mandatory for officers to know about it. Come on… the description says “Grand Canyon of the East”! He quickly scanned my passport and let me go before he embarrassed himself again.

Another 30 minutes of driving brought me to my destination, Letchworth State Park. I’ll keep it brief. It is the Grand Canyon of the East and features three waterfalls, Upper, Middle, and Lower. The waterfalls were nice, but as an avid climber, I couldn’t help but think about rock climbing.

Letchworth State Park, New York

Being able to hike by the canyon walls has it’s perks. I started to picture myself climbing the walls. I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. As all climbers do, I will test it to see if the holds are good and say things like, “No, this is not climbable or yes, I can climb this!” Being a climber is fun because when I reach the top, not only do I feel like I’m good enough, everyone that is part of the crowd thinks so too.

Best. Feeling. Ever.

Letchworth State Park, New York

After a 6 hour round trip, I realized how strong my love for rock climbing was. The waterfalls might have not gotten the attention, but I learned something that was certainly more important.

Rock climbing changed my life for the better. I started to believe that I was good enough. Just like snowboarding, rock climbing allows me to be me. I don’t have to worry about others and more importantly, being disappointed in myself.

When you stop doubting yourself and start believing in yourself, your life changes.

Now please, don’t make me choose between snowboarding and rock climbing. I just can’t. Can I have two husbands???

About Fionn Luk

Fionn is an adventure seeker that is attracted to danger. She is always on a mission to wander around the globe curiously. Whether it will be hiking to the bottom of Grand Canyon, swimming with whale sharks, or finishing the World’s Toughest Mudder, she will always be there with her camera(s) in her hands, a smile on her face and butterflies in her stomach. Oh, and did she forget to mention that she is also a foreign Piña Colada drinker?

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