Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed outdoors activities, sports and adrenaline. Fortunately I’ve always had the chance to practice activities that stick into these characteristics. Formerly my mother used to work teaching kids and putting together recreational activities where she would organize camps to which I attended ever since I was very little and where I gained a lot of great experiences and a lot of knowledge that has been very useful my whole life.
What I like about practicing these type of activities is that you get the opportunity to change your routine, get out of the city, clear from the noise and pollution; realize how small we are compared to the mountains, enjoy amazing landscapes; test your resistance, physical condition and knowledge about how to react to perilous or risky situations but mostly the thrill of adventure since every experience is different.
What a wonderful surprise to find out that here at IPS there’s people who shares my taste for these activities and that thanks to the initiative of Jonathan Gibler and the club he created, people who’d never thought of themselves hanging from a rope or get to the summit of a mountain have had the chance to live such experience. We have organized several getouts on the club and it’s wonderful to see my friends so eager to train after work, riding a cable car or “Chupon” hill with a lantern on their hand because of the darkness risking to find a bear on the trail, all in order to be able to climb some of the other hills which are taller and more difficult to climb around our city. such as the northern peak of “Cerro de la Silla” or the M at “Chipinque”, where you need to walk for several hours through rocks and go up more than 1000 mts. tilt to get a wonderful view of our city.
One of the best experiences that I can recall was when we went to learn rappel techniques at one of our mate’s house; we learned the bat technique which is when you have to be almost upside down to protect yourself when entering a cave and we then used it to go into “nido de aguiluchos”; a cave that goes across one of Huasteca’s mountains and the only way to get in and out is by rappelling and then we also used it just for the sake of it on a 150 mts rappel at “punto y guion” Mitras hill. I also watched them leave their fear behind and start enjoying the more and more the thrill involved in rock climbing and all of these type of activities; I watched Lyz, who used to be afraid of heights and now takes the lead at Huasteca and Potrero chico, considered one of the ten best places to climb in the world.
A lot of people tells me that I must be mad for practicing these adventurous sports, but the truth is that anyone can practice and enjoy them , each at their own way and level, what’s important is to have saavy enough to use the equipment correctly and approach people who know to learn from them.
We have recently gone to Matacanes, it’s been a great experience that’s helped a lot of our peers lose their fear to heights and realize that they can do something they never imagined.