Today we had a go climbing Jacob’s Ladder.
This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page.
Boys 1 and 2 went first. After the second rung, they both decided they wanted to come down, as they could not bear to work together, let alone be on a ladder together – which is a key skill required.
To get to the top, you are encouraged to hold on to each other’s ropes, loops and harnesses, and create steps for each other with your knees. I went up second with Boy 3, who hadn’t wanted to have a go but did well getting to rung four. He also acted as an anchor point for me.
I got to the top with a boost from the instructor for the last two rungs. I wasn’t afraid of the height, but without a helper alongside me, I was unable to do the splits well enough to hook my ankle over the next rung (which was at my neck level) to hoist myself up. Instead, I used the metal rung at the side plus a tug on the belay rope to get to the required height.
Dad stuck to belaying – he did not trust our belaying skills to hold him (although the instructor had every confidence in the kit), plus he didn’t want to aggravate his foot. Instead, he and our Scottish helper cracked jokes about deep fried mars bars and put the world to right.
Boys 1 and 2 decided to be friends again and work as a team. This time they got over half way. They did great.
Have you had a go at Jacob’s Ladder?