SUISUN CITY — Youngsters and adults got to strap into some rock-climbing shoes and try their hand at bouldering during the Kroc Center’s open house Saturday.
“This is the social part of climbing,” said Jorge Marles, the Kroc Center’s rock-climbing lead.
Bouldering is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. Top roping and belaying, while offered at the Kroc Center, require training and are basically a two-person activity, Marles said.
Green Valley Middle School student Eli Rothas has been bouldering a lot recently and enjoys the challenge.
“Sometimes it’s hard,” he said. “There’s something you can’t reach . . . but it’s fun to figure out how you can do it.”
Fitness attendant Katrina Waller said the activity requires thought and calculation.
“It’s as mental as it is physical,” she said.
Rock at the Kroc was a part of the Kroc Center’s occasional open houses, which introduce the center’s facilities to the public.
A group of volunteers from the Travis Air Force Base rock gym joined Marles to help with the informal bouldering competition, which included prizes from event sponsors Entre Prises and Asana. The climbing wall at the Kroc Center is open to all members and day pass holders and is recommended for members over the age of 18 or those with parental supervision.
Airman Max Tebo, 19, has been climbing since he was 7 years old and now climbs five to six time per week.
“(It’s) the thing I like to do to relax – a way to stay focused on things and keep me on track,” he said. “(It’s) something that kind of clears my head.”
Dan O. Root Elementary fifth-grader Joseph Cardwell, a member of the Kroc Center, seemed to negotiate the routes with ease.
“I just like climbing,” he said.
For more information about the Kroc Center, call 439-7880 or visit www.gokroc.org.
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