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Another great Unplugged event for the books! The girls had so much fun climbing, we didn't even have time to make friendship bracelets. This event was our largest turnout yet, making for great group morale throughout the entire day. It was fabulous to meet some new faces, and see the group coming together as the year goes on!
What I love about climbing in general is that it really challenges you to use both your mind and body to get up the wall. The girls did a great job pushing their boundaries, more than impressing the staff with the routes they completed!
The event started with a really fun team-building activity, where the girls were all clipped together on a daisy chain and had to maneuver their way along the wall without anyone touching the ground. If they touched the ground, they had to start all over again. The group put their minds, bodies, and communication skills to work as a team. The girls seemed to enjoy tackling this quest, and it was entertaining for us to watch.
For the remainder of the afternoon Maggie, Sarah, and I belayed the girls on the routes they wanted to climb. Everyone had the opportunity to climb at least 4 or 5 times, challenging themselves to attempt harder routes as they gained confidence. Routes are marked by certain colored tapes on each hold. If you were to take on a red route, you can only use the red taped holds for your hands and feet the whole way up. Routes are ranked on a scale known as the Yosemite Decimal Rating system, from 5.00 to 5.14. Most routes the girls were climbing were around 5.6's but we did have two girls conquer a 5.8 and a 5.9, a very exciting feat that impressed the climbing gym staff! Getting these girls up the harder routes was very rewarding. I'm sure they will had some sore arms today!
Maggie and I would like to thank everyone who came climbing yesterday, and Sarah for helping belay. It was another amazing and fun weekend with the girls! REMINDER: our next event is WINTER CARNIVAL ON Sunday JANUARY 29TH AT PETES CAMP IN WINDHAM from 10 am - 4 pm. All age groups of Unplugged with be there, and we hope to see all of our girls there!
Happy Holidays and New Year, see you in 2017!