For some of you, Red Wolf and the Red Wolf Tales Blog seem to have been somewhere off in the woods searching for the others in the wolf pack. In reality, we are so proud to tell you that the Lynchburg College Outdoor Leadership Program was working to open a new experiential teaching environment with the Climbing and Bouldering Wall. The climbing wall is located at the entrance to the LC campus, thus engaging more members for the wolf pack,a.k.a., the Outdoor Leadership Program.
For the past number of weeks I have been coordinating the building of the new wall with its anchors, climbing holds, storage bins, ropes, harnesses, helmets, mulch, carabineers, and so much more equipment. Nevertheless, all these pale in comparison to hiring of LC students with no previous experience in belaying. The term “belay” has many definitions: these are three 1. Nautical: To secure or make fast (a rope, for example) by winding on a cleat or pin. 2. To secure (a mountain climber, for example) at the end of a length of rope. 3. To cause to stop (Citation) TheFreeDictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/belay.
What a thrill to be part of the experiential evolution of a student with no previous belay experience! To be able to expose them to a new skill such as belaying holding others in a contractual safety net. Watching these students as they gain the mastery of the skill of belaying is incredible – kind of makes this old Red Wolf howl to the moon and the rest of the pack!