Rock-climbing rookie takes bite out of height


 Rock climbing is not in my genes, but the temptation can be overwhelming sometimes.
In once trying to prove my mettle as an outdoorswoman to a former beau, I revved up the bravado and hastily scaled up one side of a huge boulder that loomed above Trancas Creek in Malibu.
Once I reached the top, the bravado evaporated and panic set in. The descent was dizzying and steep.
Well, there must be easier ways to sour a budding love match. The beau cajoled, I whimpered and clawed my way back down t...

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