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Taking it to the extreme: Rocking her world

SARAH SHEPHERD
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012

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I had never rock climbed before and my fiance, who had been doing so for the last 20 years, thought I'd enjoy it.

I fell in love. I am obsessed with it. It's the one sport for me where my mind is clear. I have no thoughts of work or life stress buzzing around my head.

The only sound that comes through is when I get nervous, the breath speeds up, and then I hear: "PUNCH IT SHEP" (give it hell and keep going). I climbed for about a year before I shredded my ACL and meniscus (knee injuries) in a bouldering accident.

It took six months off work to rehabilitate post surgery. When I got given the all clear I went back to rock climbing and then bouldering.

So the photo, top, is my first big route six months post surgery - the back of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Climbing is like yoga on a wall.

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