Adventure #43: Climb the Highest Heights at Climber’s Rock.
A few week’s ago, I wrote about our Mount Nemo Day adventure where we hiked along the edge of the escarpment with spectacular views overlooking Burlington and much of Halton Region. But that’s not the only way to experience this elbow of the Niagara Escarpment.
It turns out that our majestic North Burlington mountain is “the most beautiful and best quality rock climbing in the Toronto area” according to the Climbers Guide to Ontario Rock.
Mount Nemo is popular for rock climbing due to it’s unique character and varied climbing on clean vertical cliffs that are 50-80 feet high. Millions of years of erosion have shaped the limestone into the distinctive slopes that climbers have come to love today.
Climbing Mount Nemo sounds like fun just from reading the route names… Fat Man’s Honor, Revenge of the Forceps Baby, I Owe a Lot of Money to a Man Named Guido and Dehyrdrated Yuppie Brains are some of my favourite route names here.
So far, I haven’t attempted rock climbing myself as I don’t have the special training required. But I now know that the place to go for this training (and plenty of fun practice climbs) is Climber’s Rock on Harvester Road in Burlington.
Recently, Baby Burlington was invited to an outreach event for kids with diabetes at Climber’s Rock. Because he’s too young to climb, his older brother gladly took his place and
the rest of us looked on. This was the perfect opportunity to learn more about how Climber’s Rock teaches the skills necessary to climb local cliffs like Mount Nemo and Rattlesnake Point.
Our adventure was lead by Canadian Olympic rower Chris Jarvis, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14. His charity, I Challenge Diabetes, was founded in 2007 to support the needs of people living with diabetes and their families through experiential programs and events just like this one.
The kids were helped into their climbing harnesses and taught some basic information such as the role of the belayer and what a Figure 8 knot is.
Before long it was ready to climb and Jr Burlington was eager to give it a go.
Because this was his first time climbing, he was encouraged to try getting up the wall using any grips he could reach. When we return to Climber’s Rock again (and we plan to go back soon), he’ll be ready to follow the coloured route paths since this is the fun of climbing and where the challenge lies.
After reaching the top, he was rewarded with a fun “ride” back to the ground and then climbed back up again!
In the short time Jr Burlington was climbing, the challenge went from something he thought seemed impossible to an exhilarating achievement! With his success in accepting a new challenge and learning the skills to make it happen, came new found confidence.
If the thought of rock climbing seems like fun to you, why not give it a try? Soon you’ll find yourself climbing the face of Mount Nemo believing there is little you can not do…