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Why we climb


In this modern age, very little remains that is real. Night has been banished, so has the cold, the wind, and the stars. They have all been neutralized: the rhythm of life itself is obscured. Everything goes so fast and makes so much noise, and we hurry by without heeding the grass by the roadside, its colour, its smell, and the way it shimmers when the wind caresses it. What a strange encounter then is that between us and the high places of this planet! Up there we are surrounded by the silence of forgetfulness. If there is a slope of snow steep as a glass window, we climb it, leaving behind us a strange trail. If there is a rock perfect as an obelisk, we defy gravity and prove that we can get up anywhere. -Gaston Rébuffat

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Why we climb


In this modern age, very little remains that is real. Night has been banished, so has the cold, the wind, and the stars. They have all been neutralized: the rhythm of life itself is obscured. Everything goes so fast and makes so much noise, and we hurry by without heeding the grass by the roadside, its colour, its smell, and the way it shimmers when the wind caresses it. What a strange encounter then is that between us and the high places of this planet! Up there we are surrounded by the silence of forgetfulness. If there is a slope of snow steep as a glass window, we climb it, leaving behind us a strange trail. If there is a rock perfect as an obelisk, we defy gravity and prove that we can get up anywhere. -Gaston Rébuffat

 

 

I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place. -Xun Zi

Climbing: there's nothing else like it.

It instantly changes our perspective. Who, where, and what we are...these questions get asked in a very profound way when we step off the ground.

To ask the question: why do we climb, is perfectly legitimate, even though the answer never needs to be spoken.

The answer, after all, is action

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Athletics-Education-Mentorship


Learn to listen with your fingers. -Helen B. Taussig 

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Learn to listen with your fingers. -Helen B. Taussig 

There's something inside of you that needs to explore and challenge what's possible. Climbing is the thing that expresses this desire. When you're on the wall, you try harder than any other time in your day-to-day life. 

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When you're not climbing, you have intensity and calm, focus and patience, agility and grace. These are the benefits of a well-rounded approach to climbing. We use three approaches to achieve this:

ATHLETICS

An athletic approach to climbing allows for success and satisfaction. Whether training towards a competition, or working on a hard redpoint, athleticism is what allows us to set goals, and build the tools needed to achieve. 

EDUCATION

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We learn by doing, and sometimes by failure as much as success. Kids need freedom to experiment and play, but also need a safety net and boundaries. We get it. As educators, we treat each youth we work with in this capacity.

MENTORSHIP

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Climbing is more accessible than ever before, but good mentors are not. We love climbing, and we love sharing it. As mentors we take personal responsibility in passing on the joy, experience, and mistakes we've learned over the years.

The explosion in growth of climbing gyms around the US has opened the door to climbing in ways never before possible. Touch The Sky provides the next step in getting our youth outside. 

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Mission


Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. -Franz Kafka

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Mission


Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. -Franz Kafka

OUR MISSION:

TO GET youth OUTSIDE THROUGH CLIMBING.

TOUCH THE SKY provides climbing opportunities to youth in order to foster environmental stewardship, physical awareness, and interpersonal relationships. Our programs are fun, challenging, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Touch The Sky relies heavily on contributions to keep our programs affordable. If you believe in what we are doing, please make a tax-deductible donation today. It will make a difference.

Touch The Sky, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity. Our programs are available regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or creed.