My first outdoor climbing experience was unexpectedly powerful. I remember attempting to climb a route for hours without success, as I was patiently coached by a trustworthy climbing leader. Eventually, after hours of attempting the route something clicked and it all came together. My first climbing victory was about much more than climbing a route. At sixteen, I unconsciously learned that I was capable of far more than I ever dreamed or imagined. I learned that failure was the gateway to success and that it was valuable to ‘try hard at things that are hard’. This experience, and others like it, began to shape me as an individual. Climbing was the venue, but patience, care, and intentionality, on the part of my guide was the recipe. Nothing is more fulfilling than walking with people as they encounter challenges and overcome them.