By Tina Solis. Outdoor Gear. Published at Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 - 16:42:27 PM.
New And Emerging Sport, Today, indoor rock climbing is a new and emerging sport that is attracting huge interest from rock climbers. In essence, indoor rock climbing is performed on a simulated rock climbing wall that is normally located in indoor gyms and its main aim is to provide rock climbers a means with which to learn how to perform various aspects of rock climbing in a controlled as well as safe environment.
After our leisurely lunch, we had one last challenge. As climbers always remind each other, the climb is only half done when you reach the top. After double-checking the anchor, I clipped Mason and myself to the rope and we rappelled down the cliff. The first step is the hardest as you trust your anchor and step out over the edge of the cliff. Mason and I held hands as we leaned back into the rope. Once the rope had our weight, it was easy. Down we went, taking our time to enjoy the feeling of total safety on the vertical face of the mountain. At the bottom, we celebrated again, and then it was time to pack the gear and head home.
Pulling into New Paltz was exciting. A quick stop at the climbing shop was like visiting an old friend. When we arrived at the trailhead, it was early afternoona far cry from the alpine starts we aimed for in the past, though seldom achieved. My husband and I, back again at our favorite cliff, now with our son, were ready to embark on our adventure. Wed given a lot of thought to how to give Mason a sense of ownership and accomplishment in our day and the first thing we did was have him pack his own pack. We let him choose a few things he wanted to carry and included a piece of group gear so that he could contribute.
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