Location: 45 minutes East of Seattle, near North Bend ~ Washington.
Climb: Exit 38 (off the 90), Interstate Park (I think!)
What a super fun day! I got to be in the outdoors, learning some pretty great skills and with some inspiring kids & guides…
After packing up all the gear (yes, there is a lot to carry!), the other guides and I arrive early (8am) to secure our spot on the rock.
After about a 1/2 mile hike in, we arrive at the top. At this spot, Exit 38; there are three climbing walls: Far Side, Neverland, & Interstate Park.
After lunch and a couple more hours of climbing, we circle up to close the day. The kids shared their experiences of feeling: fear, trust, accomplishment, encouragement, perseverance…and more fear! They made the connection between asking for help (vocalizing), the support they received on the rock…and realizing this is something they could strive for at home with friends and family.
Even if you’re the belayer, fear can come up as well. You have a lot of responsibility for your climber. You’re leading them…and they’re trusting you! Climbing is really a mind/body experience, because at the end of the day your mind can really help or hinder you. A great reminder for me today…
I am always surprised at how receptive the kids are to staying open, learning new things and conquering their fears. Because at the end of the day, they feel so good and it shines through their eyes! The kids and the guides (who encouraged me while climbing as well!) are always such an inspiration.
Big GRATITUDE today!
Heading back down!