Climbing with the Boy Scouts

June 07, 2012  •  1 Comment

Yesterday a good friend invited me to go climbing with him as he lead a group of Boy Scouts in rappelling and climbing up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It's certainly not my first time with type of activity, in fact, I covered the same friend while rappelling down a 1200ft waterfall.  It was rewarding to watch the boys get up the courage to go higher and higher as they climbed.

Courage can be a tricky thing; I recall as a child my first attempt at the "high dive" in the little town I grew up in.  At about 10, I made it up the ladder to the high dive and then froze.  The older boys were making fun of me below, people were urging me to jump off, and all I could think about was NOT going off.  Then in just a few seconds, I ran off the end of the diving board and jumped!  Looking back on that, it's something I'll never forget...getting up the courage to go off of there.

I was reminded of this as I was tethered in a crack just above the wall where the boys were climbing.  I noticed off to my right a guy who seemed to be struggling climbing up the wall.  As he came parallel to me he told me it was his first time climbing...I said, I remember that. In the end, he made it all the way up.

Courage is defined as; the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.  Enjoy life!


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Spencer Mefford(non-registered)
Anna and I did our first climb at Dogwood as well! Great shot Chris, love it!
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