El Capitan’s granite wall, which has been deemed the most difficult climb in the world, was recently free-climbed for the very first time by two climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson.

Though they used ropes as a safety precaution, Caldwell and Jorgeson did not use any equipment to aid in gripping or climbing of the granite wall, which added to the difficulty of the feat.

Climbing is more than just an adventure

When asked about the climb, Caldwell replied, “Climbing is more of a journey of just passion than it is seeking thrills.”
Jorgeson added, “… I think [climbing] kind of points to larger themes that everyone can relate to: dreaming big, and seeing their projects to the end … everyone has their own Dawn Wall”

Benefits of adaptive rock climbing

Some of the most critical aspects of adaptive rock climbing is that it’s not only a strength-based sport, but also a mentally challenging sport, as well.
Every movement, grip and decision is thoughtfully calculated and planned in order to ensure success, much like in real life. The lessons learned in climbing can be easily applied in everyday life. Without taking the time to critically think and weigh out the options, the results could be catastrophic. Conversely, diligence and steadfast concentration can lead to rewarding experiences and boosts in confidence.

Mirroring the principles of blueFire

Caldwell & Jorgeson’s words strongly mirror the principles of wilderness therapy at blueFire. blueFire’s myriad of adventure activities, such as adaptive rock climbing, provide ample opportunities for struggling teens to experience new things and build life skills.

The teens in our program will gain hard skills learned from adaptive rock climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking and equine riding. They will also gain valuable soft skills such as communication, discernment, critical thinking and foresight which are required if you want to thrive beyond your usual comfort zone.
If you are interested in learning more about adaptive rock climbing or wilderness therapy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to tell you more about our program, and how we can help your teen.

You can reach us at 844-413-1999 or on the web through our contact form on the upper right corner of our home page.

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