Climbing club helps youngsters learn the ropes
After breaking a heel in a gymnastics accident three years ago, Margo Hayes tried indoor rock climbing to keep her upper body strong while her foot healed, and she fell in love with the vertical sport.
Now the Boulder seventh-grader is focused on climbing, and she is an American Bouldering Series youth champion who loves to compete.
“I love that feeling, probably because of gymnastics, of having butterflies in my stomach,” said Margo, 13. “If I get at the bottom of the wall and look up, you’re just like, ‘OK, how can I do this?’ I love that feeling of anticipation and excitement.”
Margo is a member of Team ABC, a competitive youth team that works out four to six times per week in sessions that typically last three hours or longer.
“I really love testing myself and trying
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