March 22, 2010


Photo provided by Recreation Therapy of two WBRC students approaching the top of a rock climbing wall with a rock climbing instructor nearby

How far would you be willing to push yourself to succeed? How far would go to see if you still had it in you? Well, for a group of veterans at the Western Blind Rehab Center, they were willing to do whatever it took to get to the top of the mountain, literally. A small group of veterans joined Recreation Therapy for a trip to an indoor rock climbing facility in Santa Clara. Some guys hadn’t climbed a wall since basic training 30-40 years ago, and others had recently given up on the idea being able to climb again as a hobby. Of the 8 veterans that attended, more than half were between 60 and 70 years old. The most amazing part was that every single veteran made it to the top of the wall, at least once! For some the bragging rights were enough, for others the knowledge that they could still climb brought back the fiery drive of, “What else can I still do?”. So I ask you… far would you go?

Nicole Marquez RTC, CTRS
Recreation Therapy Assistant
Western Blind Rehab Center