Published at Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 - 09:02:23 AM. . By Nona Oneill.
Since this first trip, we have gone climbing many timesboth at the indoor gym near us and back outdoors at the Gunksand Mason has enthusiastically embraced his newfound identity as a climber. When were out at the park near our home, Mason brings his little rope and gear and strategically plots the route to the top of whatever \"mountain\" he is climbing, no matter how big or small. And although that first trip started as a way to introduce our son to a sport we love, weve since seen the other benefits climbing has brought to him. Climbing has given Mason a newfound sense of confidencethe confidence that comes from overcoming your fearof the unknown, of failure, of taking risksand pushing yourself to try something new and then achieve. Its also given him a greater well of resilience that has spilled over into other areas of his lifeto work at things that are hard, to overcome small failures, and to relish in the challenge. For a shy little boy like Mason, these benefits have been unexpectedly meaningful and rewarding. At school, his teachers have seen him come out of his shell and become a more social and vocal member of his class. Although this is due to more than just climbing, I cant help but believe that the confidence hes gained through climbing has played a big part. As I think about our next outdoor adventurethis time traveling to Colorado, one of our favorite places in the worldI think about the proud smile of my son, standing next to my husband, on the top of the highest mountain in the world that day.
Hiking is such a great fitness activity and it gets you outdoors in the fresh air. Anyone can do it and you don’t have to fight traffic or breathe in the smog, and it’s free! Some people like to work out indoors in a fitness gym when it rains but I much prefer the outdoors. I have been hiking almost every day all winter and because it has been a mild winter on Vancouver Island we have been getting lots of rain and very little snow. Even when it snows you can hike in the snow using snow shoes. I like to say that there is really no such thing as a bad day of hiking or any excuse for not going, just inadequate clothing and gear. Be well prepared and you will enjoy hiking in the rain.
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