Needless to say one of our guides, Devan, was quite the ham!
1st Adventure – Tree Climbing
After our orientation to climbing it was time for us to get tied off and start climbing. Mom and I loved watching all of the other ladies tackle the tree. It was a lot harder than it looked!
My Mom was a little uncertain on what her skill level would be citing, “I’ve never done this before.” That excitement that led us into the trip had dimished and that little voice of doubt was getting louder in her head.
With hesitation she tackled the tree. And guess what… SHE ROCKED IT:
Yes, not only was my Mom flying up the tree, but she was doing it with style and grace. All of the ladies in our group were cheering her on as she reached up and moved steps closer to her goal. I was running around taking as many pictures as I could, yelling, “Dad is not going to believe this,” with tears in my eyes. (They somehow seem to have reappeared as I’m writing this!)
It was a truly amazing moment to watch as my Mom conquered her fears and exceeded her own expectations. Mark one up for Mom!
Next was my turn to try the line. I’m going to be honest, I don’t love rock climbing. Gripping to a rock edge is not only terribly uncomfortable, but I really am not flexible enough to maneuver my way on a climb. So while I wasn’t nervous for the height or the activity, I wasn’t excited to be struggling to find holds.
I’m happy to report though that tree climbing is WAY more fun than rock climbing and not as tiring! There are more places to sit and get a hold, as well as bigger places to get a good hand grip to pull up on. I was proud to make it all the way to the top of the tree and would absolutely love to try tree climbing again.
Tree climbing was one of those moments that we will never forget from our trip! Before we headed off on our next adventure we had to pause for one more picture with our guides!
2nd Adventure – Rappelling
If you want to learn how to rappel a waterfall, one must first learn to rappel a rock face! This was another big first for many of the women on our trip, so the RLAG team took it nice and slow, starting us off with small rock faces and slowly working us up to the big waterfall.
My mom wasn’t as confident in rappelling (or so she thought!) but check out her tackling the wall with ease:
I absolutely LOVE this picture! It’s one of those moments that I’ll never forget. As much as this adventure was about me and my experiences, it was pretty cool having this moment where I was able to witness my mom overcome her fears.
Now that we were all practically masters on the ropes, it was time for our biggest challenge yet, the one we had all flown here for. It was time for the waterfall!
I popped up and took the opportunity to go second, I was so excited to try something unlike anything I had ever done before… and being a water baby this felt like an opportunity to explore a new playground!
I flew down the waterfall… it was so much fun!
Rappelling was relatively easy and felt very similar to being on a straight rock wall. The most challenging part of the whole rappel was letting go! When you let go, your rope is supposed to pull out from you, but I didn’t trust it. I was thinking it was going to pull me back in! But after being coached by Devan, I counted to three and took a huge leap into the cold water:
Check out the video of my rappel and fall: