Myself and a couple leaders went and got belay certified over the weekend. I forgot the thrill of climbing; it has been too long! I also realized the importance of having a current belay certification. The last time I was belay certified was back in college and I had no recollection of how to tie the knots.
We took a class at Patriot Outdoors. Our instructor was wonderful. She walked us through everything step-by-step and made sure we all understood each part of belaying. We went over harnesses, daisy-chains, hooks, ropes, knots, and belay calls. After a few rounds of practice, all three of us were confidently belaying each other. And we all had ample opportunity to climb the wall.
Getting this certification has just added to my excitement level in anticipation of Girls Camp. I know this will be a phenomenal year where the girls can enjoy nature and the great outdoors, grow closer to each other as sisters, and strengthen their testimonies.