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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Rock climbers scale up effort, engagement

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Elise Hu

Although not as popular as sports like basketball or football, rock climbing has found its niche within the Gunn community. For many students, rock climbing isn鈥檛 just a sport to train and compete for 鈥 it鈥檚 a hobby that fosters camaraderie and personal growth among the demands of school life.

One of these climbers is junior Cameron Ennis, who began his rock climbing journey in middle school after his dad brought him to a climbing gym on the Stanford University campus. Ennis shares his personal journey of improvement using the V scale, where the difficulty of climbs increase from V0 to V14.

鈥(At first), I didn鈥檛 take (rock climbing) that seriously,鈥 he said. 鈥淭hen when COVID hit, I stopped entirely. About a year ago, I got back into climbing, but this time, a lot more seriously. When I started, I could only climb V1鈥檚 and occasionally V2鈥檚. The progression that you get from working your way up the grades was really motivating for me. A year later and I鈥檓 climbing V5鈥檚 and V6鈥檚.鈥

According to Ennis, rock climbing is especially appealing to students due to its inclusivity regarding one鈥檚 physique and skill level.

鈥淎 lot of sports are significantly easier for people who have a specific body type that鈥檚 optimal for that sport, like basketball with tall people,鈥 he said. 鈥淐limbing, on the other hand, is a lot more accessible since people of any height or weight can climb and have fun. Climbing gyms are made to be for everyone, and the community is super supportive, so you don鈥檛 have to feel embarrassed about not being able to climb stuff that really experienced people can.鈥

Sophomore rock climber Annika Kulawik echoes Ennis鈥 points about the inclusivity of the rock climbing community, saying that accessibility is one of the many common misconceptions that deter participation in the sport.

鈥淪ome people think in order to rock climb you have to be super strong and need a ton of special equipment,鈥 she said. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛. Gyms make climbing way easier and more accessible now, and you are unlikely to hurt yourself falling.

According to Ennis, many people, especially those afraid of heights, believe that rock climbing is dangerous. In reality, many safety precautions are taken before even one begins climbing.

Sophomore Joshua Rene-Corail believes that the importance of rock climbing comes from the necessity of perseverance and character building.

鈥淩ock climbing is for everyone, because it can be both an individual and team sport, and you don鈥檛 need a lot of experience to start out,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 all about setting goals and challenging yourself.鈥

Rene-Corail has been rock climbing for five years, during this time, he has achieved a healthy balance and between his schoolwork and sport.

鈥(Rock climbing) definitely removes a lot of pressure and stress that I have with different classes or assignments,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an easy way to escape work sometimes.鈥

To Kulawik, although rock climbing takes up a lot of time, she believes that its benefits greatly outweigh its costs.

鈥淚鈥檝e met friends at the gym and it can be fun to work on climbs together,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t does take a lot of time. Sometimes I spend three hours from when I leave my house to when I get back, which gives me less time to do homework, but it鈥檚 worth it.鈥

Rock climbing at Gunn embodies the spirit of community and resilience, welcoming all students to challenge themselves and find solace in a sport that transcends mere physical activity. As rock climbing continues to establish itself in the Gunn community, it fosters student connections and inspires individuals to pursue their own unique paths.

According to Ennis, Gunn鈥檚 Rock Climbing Club readily invites those who are curious about or interested in climbing.

鈥淚f you鈥檙e thinking about trying out rock climbing, I鈥檇 recommend getting in contact with climbers at Gunn, such as people who go to Climbing Club,鈥 he said. 鈥淲e do regular meetups at the nearby climbing gyms, and we鈥檙e totally down to introduce you to climbing and give advice.鈥

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