At Central Rock Gym, this Project Adventure class climbed out of its shell

Maia Vachon and Saron Nebiye

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On May 8, 2018, Adam Joyce took his Project Adventure classes at Watertown High to the Central Rock Gym, which is conveniently located in Watertown. Students walked over to the gym from the high school and spent the day there, climbing and belaying their classmates.

Excluding a lunch break, the time at Central Rock Gym was dedicated solely to climbing. Imogen, one of the students who went on the trip, explained that “they have actual [climbing] walls here and lots of different things to do, making it a fun trip for everybody.”

There are a variety of walls to climb Central Rock Gym, with difficulties ranging from easy to very difficult. This provides everybody and anybody with opportunities to climb within, or slightly beyond, their comfort levels.

Raider Times photo / Adam Joyce
Adam Joyce’s Project Adventure class from Watertown High School visited the Central Rock Gym climbing facility in Watertown, Mass., on May 8, 2018.

Though there are many traditional climbing walls, there are also ones with letters or rungs instead of rock handholds, which makes climbing even more fun and enjoyable.

One of the more memorable parts of the trip was getting to see science teacher Jennifer MacDonald conquer a lead climbing wall, which is one of the more grueling walls to climb. Ms. MacDonald said that climbing has been a hobby of hers for a while and that she recommends the activity to everybody.

After talking to many of the students who went on the trip, the general consensus was that the trip was a fun one. When asked to summarize his interest in continuing to offer this trip to students, Mr. Joyce explained, “Sports aren’t for everybody and I think that climbing is an awesome alternative that is physical activity while also being a lot of fun.”

(For more information about Central Rock Gym in Watertown, go to https://centralrockgym.com/watertown/.)

Raider Times photo / Adam Joyce
Adam Joyce’s Project Adventure class from Watertown High School visited the Central Rock Gym climbing facility in Watertown, Mass., on May 8, 2018.

–June 6, 2018–

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