We Keep Climbing
This year in Explore was the first time I tried rock climbing and it has certainly been quite the experience. I discovered that when I go rock climbing there is an extremely good chance that I will end up injuring myself and start bleeding. Nothing major or life threatening at all, just minor scratches and knocks. I have managed to successfully injure myself while climbing; rappelling and belaying…yes even in the seemingly safe skill of belaying I was able to bring harm to myself. I have also accomplished the incredibly embarrassing feat of cutting my knee on the indoor rock-climbing wall at Prairie. One particular incident of rock climbing injury occurred on rock climbing specialization. I was attempting an un-named climb when I stopped and noticed a sharp pain in my toe. I looked down and made the startling discovery that my there was a large hole in the toe of my now bloodstained, climbing shoe and my toe had paid a heavy price. It was time to head down and repair the damage the sharp rock had inflicted on my toe. I am honored to say that our group, in memory of that fateful incident, called the unnamed climb, “Evan’s Toe”.
Looking back on that event, I think of how we experience similar events in our lives. There may be times when the sharp rocks in our world cut us and we bleed anger, frustration and sadness. Though we may have to head down off the rock to receive care for our wounds, we don’t give up. We keep climbing.
Evan is a first year student that comes from B.C. He specialized in rock climbing this fall, enjoys his gummy bears and making others laugh.