Today’s fun excursion was completely The 7-Year-Old’s idea, and I must admit, I was shocked. We’ve gone rock wall climbing before, and although he’s always eager to go, his fear of heights kicks in about 6 feet up the wall.
He asked if his friend could join us and I was all for it. Maybe seeing another child climb would help.
A few pushups to warm up.
And we’re up!
His friend was an awesome climber! A real natural.
Seeing him did excite Ryan, and he headed up.
That’s about as high as he made it before freezing, and I had to do some negotiating to get him down.
He decided to give it one more try, and I was proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone. Like I said, he has the desire but his fear takes over around the same spot every time.
However, for as much as he struggled with climbing he excelled at taking photos. My budding photographer stole the camera and took these shots.
Besides a few tears we had a great afternoon. I’m seriously considering taking a belay class so I can climb more (I LOVE it) and work with him on the height thing when he wants to try again.
In case you are wondering, we went to Earth Treks Timonium. This was our third visit and I have nothing but good things to say. The staff is friendly and informative, the climbing options vast, and they have everything you need if you are a beginner.
Oh! — as for my weekly budget, I knew this would put a dent in it but it was worth it. Since I haven’t taken the class, we have to use the open climb, which costs $25 for 3 climbs, the equipment, and an instructor. That means today was $50 because I HAD to climb, too. But I’m proud of us because again we brought snacks and our own water. No miscellaneous purchases!
Staycation total cost so far is now $139 leaving only $11 for the next 2 days. THIS is gonna be fun!