Mission Cliffs hosted a climbing event for course setter Kent Schmitz’s 5th grade class from Guadalupe Elementary on March 15th. There were over 30 students that participated in a two hour climbing session at the gym.
“The students learn so much about themselves when they go climbing”, says Kent. “They learn that all they need to do is try in order to succeed, and then they understand that nothing can stop them. It’s a great self-confidence building activity”, he adds.
Most of the students never had an opportunity to climb before. They were a little hesitant at first, but afterwards they knew that they can overcome many of there fears.
In a letter received by Willie, he writes "I learned how to rock climb. I learned it’s ok to be scared. I learned that I will not die rock climbing in the jim, but the best part is eating lunch and watching Mr. Schmitz climb."
Another student, Richard recalls, "my favorite parts is when I fall because when you fall it feels like you are flying like a bird. My other favorite part is when you make it to the top and come down. I like to kick off the rock because it is so fun. I do not know why."
Christine writes, "Rock climbing isn’t as easy as I thought it would’ve been. Okay now I’m not scared of heights going to Mission Cliffs. I like challenging myself. Rock climbing is the best way to challenge myself into not being afraid of heights. I would call myself bad at rock climbing. I want to be better at rock climbing, but I can’t do anything about it now."
Jacky writes, "I learned how to tie a double figure eight knot and a safety knot. Well I learned the double figure eight knot and the safety knot at class but I actually forgot. I also learned not to stick my hand in the thing where you put your rope in or else when you fall, your finger gets ripped out of your hand, but I don’t believe that’s true."
This is our 7th session working with one of Mr. Schmitz’s class and we truly enjoy seeing the kids grow within the short two hour climbing session. This experience will be embedded with the students for a very long time.
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