Lessons for success a the North Country Climbing Center.
I’ve been surprising myself lately as I have been unusually open to trying things that in the past would have made me quiver with fear. This weekend with wind chills sending the temperature well below zero we decided that it would be a great day to go and check out the North Country Climbing Center (N3C) in Lisbon, NH. Prior to our visit I had been hearing great things about the climbing gym and had been seeing awesome pictures from the rock walls plastering my facebook feed. The North Country Climbing Center offers open climb where you can have an instructor working with you to belay you, you can also spend time on the bouldering wall or if you are certified to belay you can climb with your partner. The also offer a women’s climbing night every week which I am now curious to try.
Our visit started with getting the kids and ourselves outfitted with harnesses and climbing shoes and then a basic tour of the climbing space. The gym features brightly colored climbing routes of varying difficulties and an area for bouldering that has a giant mat in case you fall. We were happy to run into several people we knew at the gym who also came out of their cozy cocoons at home for a little daytime adventure. Organic Runner Dad went first and quickly climbed to the top of the first route. The kids were nervous at first but after seeing their Daddy climb and enjoying a little dancing as they waited were ready to give it a shot. They each took a turned climbing on belay with the instructor. Even though they didn’t make it too far up the wall you could feel the pride beaming out of them as they gave it a try. This was a good lesson in the meaning of success.
After seeing my kids give it a try all fear had subsided and I was ready for my turn. I felt relaxed and ready to climb. In the past I have felt unsure and not trusting. I worried that no matter what happened I would fall and it would be scary. This time when I started climbing I felt strong and empowered. I focused on the hand and footholds on the wall. The wall became like a puzzle with my focus being on finding the best way to maneuver my body from one hold to the next. I trusted my own strength and felt reassured by the instructor who belayed me. She encouraged me to use the strength in my legs and to trust my choices as I moved upward. Finally I made it to the top of the first route. It felt exhilarating. When I came back down my adrenaline was high and was ready for more.
We took turns spotting the kids as they worked on climbing in the bouldering section of the wall (and having fun running around on the mat and dancing like little maniacs). I ended up completing four routes in all. It was exhausting but now I am ready to climb some more. Through this climbing experienced I pushed through and invisible wall within myself. In the past I would have passed on climbing, worried that I’d be too scared. This time I was determined to climb no matter what and I no longer felt afraid to fall from the wall.
There is so much satisfaction and pride in knowing that you have tried your best even if you did not make it to the top. What was a challenge that you have worked through or continuing to work through and how have you measured your success?
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