OUTSIDE: What's a 5.14 crack?
Rodden: You're climbing with the very tips of your fingersusing maybe just half a fingernailand standing on tiny round bumps. But the crack's also offset, so you're grabbing it at a weird angle.
I'd tear open flaps on my knuckles and wear my skin down to nothing. It was like sandpaper grindingfive Band-Aids at night. Luckily, I have a hand therapist who's awesome. I don't think crack climbing is very healthy for you.
Well, you managed not to hit the ground. That's worth something.
I don't think I fell on the first piece, though I did hang on it. But I fell on every other piece of gear. That's a little scary.
How did you feel on the rock?
Very insecure, I'd say.