On our second day of our Odyssey trips, we went rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul! Not only was this a good day of personal physical challenge, but it also involved learning about the parts of our bodies that get especially strengthened during rock climbing as well as discussing the problem solving necessary when finding your route up the wall.
The boys seemed excited as we drove to St. Paul on Tuesday morning. We talked and read about the certain muscles that rarely get used in our bodies that would probably be sore after we left the facility. These parts included the muscles in the forearms, the back of the calf, as well as their biceps and lats. I did not have to encourage the boys to jump on the wall and give 100%, they did that without any prompting!
Both Matthew and Sam began climbing the walls together, starting at the kid's wall. By the end of our time at Vertical Endeavors, they were venturing to different routes up the wall, challenging themselves personally, not creating competition between each other. They even took a stab at bouldering and did very well!
The boys challenged themselves personally and seemed thoroughly empowered and exhausted by the time we were done! I know Ms. Post sure was.