By Elma Olson. Outdoor Gear. Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 11:20:54 AM.
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.
So, one bright sunny day in early Autumn, we rented a car, dragged the gear out of the closet, packed the pack and, after a quick stop at Zabars to grab some supplies for lunch, headed upstate to the Shawangunk Mountains, known as \"the Gunks.\" Our first pre-climb drive with our son was fun, but noticeably different from the pre-climb drives my husband and I had taken before. Instead of talking about routes to consider and plans for getting in as much climbing as possible, we did sing-a-longs and talked about the various trucks we passed on the highway.
Enjoy Hiking In The Rain, You might wonder why anyone would want to hike the rain? Isn’t it just wet, miserable and cold? Well you might recall when you were a kid you couldn’t wait to get outside and splash around in the puddles whenever it rained. Ever wonder why we sometimes lose that childhood excitement when we get older. Well spring is just around the corner and with spring comes rain here on the west coast. I for one actually quite enjoy hiking in the rain and as far as I am concerned a wet day hiking is better than a dry day indoors. But how do you stay dry and warm when it is pouring outside? Well I hope that after reading this article you will have this question answered and you will get out and enjoy hiking in the rain.
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