COLORADO SPRINGS – It’s never too late to try something new. seniors off The Stockades at Broadmoor Park learned to climb city rock Climbing hall on Tuesday.
The seniors were new to rock climbing and went as far as they felt comfortable, some even reaching the top of the climbing wall. The youngest climber was close to 70 and the oldest was 88. With a harness, rope, carabiner and a little courage, these seniors scaled to new heights.
“It was a nice feat to be up there, but it was a bit scary that high,” said Steve Smith.
“Belaying is the process of one climber taking the rope for another climber so they don’t hit the ground if they fall, but nobody’s going to hit the ground today,” explained Sara Middleton, City Rock Instructor.
For some, rock climbing was something to tick off their bucket list. For others, it was them who overcame their fear of heights. Smith didn’t dare look down when he reached the top.
“If I did that, I would have been frozen and just focused on the buzzer up there,” Smith added.
“How does it feel?” asked a reporter from FOX21 News. “Kind of scary,” De Anderson replied.
Every senior tried the wall.
“Even walking in today they were nervous, so it’s super exciting to see them try something new and then succeed,” said Emily Cozzetto, Director of Resident Enrichment at Palisades at Broadmoor Park.
Climbing is an activity that is physically and mentally demanding.
“They have a puzzle to solve as they climb the wall, so it engages their brain and also physical activity, they move their bodies in different ways,” added Cozzetto.
“It’s like when we started marathons,” Anderson said. “I wanted to try something new and see if I could be successful with it.”
The seniors are now encouraging others to try rock climbing regardless of their age.
“There’s no barrier, you’re the barrier, so never think you’re too old or too young to try something new,” Cozzetto said.