The White Family Goes Rock Climbing
A rapidly growing interest in a new way to play outdoors is usually accompanied by a rapid onset of sheer terror on my mother’s end. Unlike skiing or mountain biking, neither of my parents had ever rock climbed, save for once or twice on an indoor wall. As I was describing to my mom how much fun I’d been having in Utah, I realized that she had no concept of how much safety and thought is put into climbing. I asked if she, and the rest of my family would be interested in going climbing for a day while I was home. There was a unanimous “yes”, and after a bit of research of places offering climbing guides in the North Conway area, it turned out that the EMS Climbing School was the best choice for us.
The day after I Presi Traversed with Andrea, my family showed up at the EMS in North Conway, ready to go at 8:30. We met our guide, Paul, filled out the necessary paperwork and were set up with climbing harnesses and shoes that fit us perfectly. When we got to the crag, our day began with a hike to the top and a belayed rappel down.
This was a really great way to build trust with Paul, because we while we were in control of our descent, if we made a mistake, Paul had us. After that, we set up a top rope on an easy climb and had some fun. A couple of drizzles came through, but it wasn’t a big deal. After having fun on the easy route, we set up a much harder route.
Everybody made it to the top, and everybody relied heavily on the rope. There were a couple of moves that were super interesting.
At the end of the day, we were all happy, and my grandfather and grandmother had even walked up the trail to the bottom of the crag. Paul was impressed, especially because it was my grandfather’s 85th birthday that day. I have a feeling that the rest of my family are all up for another day of climbing or two.