DMC climbing – Justin Tschinkel, Senior Climbing Instructor and Counselor
Every afternoon participants in DMC’s climbing program leave campus and travel a short distance to one of the many climbing locations in the surrounding San Juan National Forest. On some days, climbers would scale “X Rock”, or master their skills at Durango’s premier rock climbing gym, or rappel down the canyons of Cascade Creek, or free climb boulders at Turtle Lake. All climbers have received instruction in the use of ropes, knot tying, commands, belaying of other climbers, and rappelling.
An important aspect of climbing is that it allows campers to set and achieve personal goals in a non-competitive setting. Our climbing groups work together to learn the skills and also ensure each person’s safety by following climbing guidelines. Often other campers would cheer climbers as they overcame particularly challenging sections. Along with mastering new skills, climbing also contains a distinct fear factor. Encouraged by other campers and staff, many climbers were able to push themselves through climbs they did not believe themselves capable of achieving.
This has been a quick update of everything climbing we do here at DMC and will continue to keep you guys updated as camp continues to climb on!