photo of the day (climbing high)

Clare and I have recently had the pleasure of being part of an amazing group of young girls put together by a dynamic and enthusiastic homeschooling mom. The Young Explorers group is an opportunity to make friends, learn about women who have changed the world and to take part in activities that are interesting, fun and sometimes a little bit challenging. Last month, the girls learned about Amelia Earhart and then followed up their monthly meeting with a trip to the Danbury Airport.

This month’s women were Lynn Hill, Stacy Allison and Fanny Bullock Workman. All three were mountain climbers. Fanny Bullock Workman was one of the first women mountaineers. Stacy Allison was the first American woman reach the peak of Mt. Everest. Lynn Hill was the first person to free climb a sheer peak in Yosemite called The Nose to it’s summit. After this month’s meeting where everyone shared what they had learned about the three women, the group met again at the Sports Center in Danbury to attempt a climb of their own up the 40′ climbing wall.

See how excited Clare is start her climb?

One by one, the girls (and a few boys) got harnessed up and headed up the wall.

Some of them were much more comfortable with heights than others. For some of them, Clare included, the challenge was merely to get that harness on an give the wall a try.

I was so proud of Clare for getting up there despite her discomfort. I am so height phobic that I get dizzy just thinking about it.

Lizzie made it up to the top twice while Esme made the 40′ ascent four times. Seriously. You go, Esme!

It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. Even for those who felt a great deal of fear but managed to get harnessed up and try anyway. It helps when you have the support of friends.

~ by photobella on 15 January, 2011.

One Response to “photo of the day (climbing high)”

  1. …Is it weird I can spot Clare in the first picture? 😛

    ~Hiiro, Clareh’s bff~

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