Ever wanted to hang from a rock? How about one covered in rainbow spray paint?

Our Young Adult Outdoor Adventure Club had the chance to do just that, with help from our friends at Waypoint Adventures.

(Courtesy photo)

Quincy Quarries is not your typical rock climbing site. Everywhere you look, the beautiful rock cliffs are covered in what could be called urban art. When taken in all together, it’s actually breathtaking.

We were able to get up close and personal with these rocks, as our adventurers tried their hands (and feet!) at outdoor rock climbing. For some of us, it was our first time climbing outdoors or even ever. The experienced climbers helped us novices with our gear, and everyone cheered the climbers on.

Discussing climbing safety before starting on the rocks (Courtesy photo)

The goal at Yachad is, of course, inclusion. At Waypoint Adventures, the staff takes this goal and applies it to all kinds of outdoor activities. We are always impressed with their thoughtful instruction and innovative methods.

For our group, Waypoint set up a rope ascension system so that our participants with limited mobility could participate. The assisted climbing device allowed Raffi and Sam to use a pull-up bar to get up the rocks. Sam was also able to climb on the rocks themselves, with help from Adam at Waypoint.

Raffi in his special climbing gear (Courtesy photo)

We could not have asked for better weather. It was the perfect early-fall day, and we enjoyed the sun as we sat and ate our picnic lunch, taking a break from the climbing.

All of our climbers had a blast climbing in whatever way they were able to. Since only a few could actually climb at a time, the camaraderie on the ground was solid as everyone cheered and clapped for their fellow climbers.

Adam helps Sam climb! (Courtesy photo)

There were smiles on everyone’s faces as we concluded our day — proof of the power of inclusion. Whether we had made it to the top or just got off the ground, everyone was able to be proud of their accomplishments. Climbing is not easy! We definitely got in a good Sunday workout.

Stay tuned for our next outdoor adventures! We hope to see you there.

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