mariel hemingway abseiling

I love mountains we all know that! But it is a wonderful joy to meet like minded people whom enjoy all that the mountains provide and finding out what makes them love getting out and upwards.  The lovely and positive Mariel Hemingway is one such person, who has taken a passion for climbing and hiking to reach new heights.  Here is an insight in her own words on how climbing has inspired her and how she gains so much from it.

From the desk of Mariel Hemingway

When I think of climbing I think of silence peace and challenge. I have not climbed for long… a little over a year but I have been hiking and loving nature all of my life. My love of the outdoors never ceases to grow in intensity. Nature gives me what people cannot… truth honesty and unconditional love. It guides with the power of temperature smell tastes and sensations that thrill me in and out!

mariel hemingway rock climbing

Since I began to climb I have an understanding of mountains in a different way. I am sure you have heard this that climbing makes you present. For me it makes me humble real and aware. I cannot do the shopping or worry about my daughters or my career or what I am going to make for dinner. I can only “be” when I am on the side of a rock.

I have climbed a little in Yosemite, the Buttermilks, Joshua tree and right here near my home in Malibu state park. I am not skilled but I am enthusiastic to learn and get better. I am disturbed that I don’t use my legs more and that I cry when I get scared and I get scared often. And most of the time I am on top rope, which means that I can’t really fall because my boyfriend Bobby @bwillbe is always there for me.

At the end of the day getting outside and breathing and taking in the beauty of mother nature is what moves me… takes my breath away. When I climb I am more connected to that thrill. I can only focus on the task at hand… it occupies my mind my body and my senses. When I am finished I have a heightened sense of awareness of everything in me and around me that I didn’t have before. I am more me than I was and that is a gift.

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  1. Avatar of Gina SuuperG Stark Gina SuuperG Stark says:

    I love your honest presentation of what you love about hiking/climbing and about what still scares you. But, isn't that where life's true thrills grab us? When we overcome natural fears and go out and DO it, in spite of them! I love hiking, too and only started seriously in the last few years, taking it to a huge level for me this April with Paul in the Himalayas…you should join us! 🙂 Since you're close, you should consider Idyllwild for world class rock climbing. I'm sure your BF has heard of Tahquitz and Suicide rocks. Gorgeous surrounds! (I'm still too scared of rock climbing to go beyond an indoor wall, so I applaud you!) Enjoy and thank you for sharing your passion! Gina

  2. Avatar of Anita Nelson Anita Nelson says:

    Mariel, what a beautiful and inviting look into a sport I have long considered out of reach for myself. What you say about not using your legs – whatever it means to you in that situation – it resounds deeply to those of us who have never tried. I think your words may have changed my 2011. Thank you and Happy New Year~!!

  3. Avatar of Jackie Bigford Jackie Bigford says:

    Paul, great post…even though I am afraid of heights I can certainly admire those that have a passion for climbing..I love the pictures of Marielle…have you ever met her to set up a climb together? Now that would be a tremendous thrill 🙂 I am looking forward to your adventures this coming year…You ROCK! No pun intended 🙂 Jackie

  4. what a beautiful post! I don't climb, but do want to get out walking with the dogs this year, I live in a beautiful part of the country and I want to take advantage of that.. so thank you for an inspiring post to help me get going again.. 🙂

  5. Avatar of Jaky Astik Jaky Astik says:

    That's so nice. Even I like rock climbing. But the fearful me just enjoys watching others climbing from the distance, kidding. Once started, the fear is gone. Just because it's so wonderful to be in the cradle of nature. Good that so many people are enjoying this. In India, where I live, climbing is a passion.

  6. Avatar of Diana Adams Diana Adams says:

    Wow, what an inspiring post and incredible pictures, as always!!! Thank you! =)

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