WHAT I’VE GOT: indoor bouldering + climbing
I picked up bouldering last summer out in SF (which is, I’ll admit, about the least original thing one can do in the Bay Area) and I have to say I got bit by the bug pretty bad. It’s a totally addictive sport/exercise/activity, and even in the throes of final review week I’m still determined to carve out time.
Mostly I boulder, but even climbing no more than a dozen feet of the ground delivers a serious satisfaction. I think there’s something so complete and contained about climbing: you use your entire body, see the complete challenge ahead and are left to yourself as an individual to ascend (or not) the wall. Sure — there’s the much-discussed draw of intellectual problem solving, but I’m much more interested in the intuitive physical aspects of climbing.