Christmas @ The CRUX is an open climb event where we invite the general public to come in and monkey around on our Speed Wall and bouldering wall. We deck the walls (pun intended) out with Christmas decor and throw up as many Christmas lights as we can! This event proved to be like others, and it brought with it a mixed bag of ages and experiences. We hosted a group of post-college climbers and our ages spanned all the way down to a six year old who accomplished a new feat:
After pandering about all night and never really trying to climb it, the youngest girl at Christmas @ The CRUX decided to give the Speed Wall a shot. She had been pacing up to and staring it down all night, and her first attempt reflected her worried attitude; a quarter of the way up, she panicked and said “NO!” As she let go, the auto belay (we love our Trublue auto belays) lowered her gently back down. Finally though, after much cheering on from her siblings, she climbed past the halfway mark and very nearly made it all the way to the top! As she came down after this last climb, her joy was apparent through a beaming smile. The youngest climber climbed further than she ever thought she could go.
Climbing, especially bouldering, is something anyone at any level can participate in! Time and time again, kids come into open climb, or with rental groups, and claim they cannot do it. They claim they cannot simply because they have not before. And like we tend to do, they compare themselves to other people they have seen climb. However, just like the above testimony, it really does not matter where you start…what really matters is where you finish!