By Ester Shaffer. Outdoor Gear. Published at Wednesday, May 02nd, 2018 - 11:31:20 AM.
The Best Deals Will Come From the Most Unusual Places, When my girls one day came running through the main gate, they were carrying a miniature garden chair with them. This was a splendidly designed camping chair. On finding out from where they got it, I went to check the area out personally. There was a bedroom-sized garage full of clothes and sweaters and camping chairs. I was stunned at their exquisite beauty, and the throw-away price at which they were being sold. I bought them all for the sheer joy of having them.
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.
There is a moment at the start of any climb when the mood shifts. The drive and the hike in can be casual and chatty, but then comes the time to get on the rock, and the climbing begins. We arranged the gear and my husband, David, started up the cliff to set the belay. After he reached the top and set the anchor, I clipped the rope to Masons harness, tied myself in a few feet below him, and we headed up. With my husbands belay carefully set within eyesight up the cliff and me a few feet below him, Mason started up. He hesitated, a little scared, and balked. For a moment, I wondered whether Masonmy shy and cautious little boywould have the courage to continue. But with some encouragement, he pushed through his fear and made his first move. Then anotherand anothergrowing more confident as he learned to scan the rock and find the best hand and footholds. Before I knew it, we were halfway up the cliff and I was hurrying to keep up with him. By the time he got to the crux move (the hardest move on the route), he had a smile on his face. We made the belay with hugs and delight. Mason couldnt have been happier. At the top of the cliff, we settled in to enjoy a picnic at the top of the world. It was a brilliant moment and the proud, ear-to-ear smile on my quiet boys face was unforgettable.
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