Mariel's Notes on Climbing and Nature


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!

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.

About the Author

Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams

Academy Award Nominee, Actress, Author, Model, and Health & Nutrition advocate, Mariel Hemingway has teamed up with Adventurist, stunt man, Actor, and Health & Wellness guru, Bobby Williams to engage and enlighten people throughout the world as they share the knowledge and insight they have gained by “walking the walk”. Mariel and Bobby are partners in life and share a common vision of making each individual better, stronger, healthier, and happier while respecting the planet and all it has to offer. They tour the globe sharing their insights to crowds of people, and are currently working on a new book that chronicles their adventurous lifestyle, and allows people to view the world from a different perspective. Mariel and Bobby invite you to join them in making a better "you." They have been described as “hands-on, honest, and revolutionary” in their approach to living.  Look at www.runningwithnature.com for products they love and more health and wellness inspiration

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