Personally, while the runs were absolutely gorgeous and we were blessed with next to perfect weather all week long, most of my favorite moments were when we were not running. For example, having scheduled an afternoon away from running, we instead found ourselves scaling “The Thumb”- a mountain for novice rock climbers near Estes Park.
Virtually every camper was stepping into the harness for the first time while simply getting to the rock’s cliff-face was a challenge for some. One camper had to overcome fear of balance issues brought on by a recent car accident. Others simply had to conquer fear of heights. All of us had to get out of our runner’s comfort zone and embrace something new. It was here where we learned much about everyone.
From Day One we knew the relative speeds and skillsets of each runner. He would be here and she would be there. Little changed in that regard. But on the cliff face we had a new set of skills to unlock. A camper who you thought might struggle instead succeeded. One who may seem timid, was as bold as a lion. It was an absolutely glorious day and one that those who seemed to hesitant to accompany us on enjoyed immensely.
Later on in the week, as we all broke bread around the dinner tables, tales of life experiences and personalities abound were revealed. With ages ranging from the 30s to the 60s, the campers were a diverse group. However, we all loved running. That was the tie that bound.
SPIbelt, Oxygen4Energy, LinSocks, Julbo, ROAD ID and Stuffitts for their wonderful contributions to the camp. More often than not we were one matchy-matchy camp looking all done up in our cool duds and gear.
With questionnaires out and being scoured over, Terry and I will take the constructive criticism (and hopeful amount of equal praise ) and shape the camp to make it even better in the future. I know I am still learning and plan to never stop. The trails near Estes Park are a wonderful classroom.
Looking forward to a new set of students/teachers next May!