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Climbing and Mindfulness Trip

The Climbing and Mindfulness class headed out to Vantage, Washington to put their mental and physical skills into practice. For Bush students, wilderness trips are as much about preparation and reflection as they are the activity itself. Trip leaders Upper School Outdoor Education Teacher Jay Wyatt, Extended Day Assistant Sean McNally, and Middle School French Teacher jillian nicks use such trips as opportunities to help students develop leadership, resilience, and consideration. Prior to the trip, Jay taught the group about climbing movement, strength training, climbing history, safety, and proper use of equipment, as well as the not-insignificant mental aspect of climbing through mindfulness. As Sir Edmund Hillary said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”