My Rock Climbing Journey


Amelia Bowman

What makes a good climber isn’t the ability to be fearless or never make mistakes. It’s to keep climbing even when you’re scared and think you can’t continue.

Amelia Bowman, Brimmer and May School

NESPA Winner: Sports Story, 2022

The Gator, Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

When I tell people that I do rock climbing, their first reaction is either, “Wow! That’s so cool!” or “Yeah, but what real sport do you do?”

Yes, climbing is “so cool.” And yes, it is a “real sport.” While you might think soccer and football are more important than rock climbing, you probably aren’t too familiar with the sport. Most team sports are so basic that you can get very good at them, but there are limits to how skilled you can be.

Rock climbing has no limits. It’s constantly changing and evolving. New climbs are being invented every day by some of the most skilled climbers in the world. There are rules to follow, but breaking them is one of the most fun things I do. Making up your own climbs and your own moves is so much more fun than kicking a ball around a field.


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