A new passion has arisen among two of my three children-rock climbing. The kids climbed at the US Whitewater Center many times when they were younger. They always enjoyed the thrill of completing a route. I remember the first time that Sims climbed with a person belaying him instead of using the autobelay. I think this is when he became hooked. He saved up and purchased his own harness, which he passed down to Sawyer and now Parks.
Fast foward a few years…Sims and Sawyer display amazing confidence in the climbing gym and on a rock face. They both have learned how to read routes and to know how they climb. They have learned so much about self-control, breathing, mindfulness, and how to work with what you have (short stature, tall stature, less flexibility, anxiety…). They are learning about safety while climbing outdoors and how to help rescue fellow climbers.
They utilize many of our school lessons while climbing. Sims researches outdoor climbing areas to learn about the rock type. His geology lessons from last year are being put to use now. He understands the importance of weather on the rock. He discusses the physics behind the different types of gear used and why each is important. He looks at the terrain to get to the rock faces. They both train and show true commitment to the sport. I look forward to watching them grow in this passion!