Jill, mother of the Giacalone family hit one of those milestone birthdays this year. The kind where you get to suggest any kind of birthday gift you’d like, and be sure that you’ll get it. So what did this mom of an adventurous family of 5 ask for? A day out on the rock with her family!

Brother and sister climbing both variations of Beginner's Route

Brother and sister climbing both variations of Beginner’s Route

With a cousin/nephew tagging along, I was able to take 6 of the Giacalone’s out for a nice morning at Rumney NH. We were able to set up both variations of Beginner’s Route at the Meadows so the whole family could climb next to each other, 2 at a time.

Glenn stepping outside of his comfort zone. What a good husband!

Glenn stepping outside of his comfort zone. What a good husband!

Not only did Glenn, the patriarch of the family, bring everyone up here for this experience, but he stepped well out of his comfort zone to be a part of the experience that his wife wanted to share with her whole family. Its hard to see folks struggling with their fears, but at the same time it makes for the sweetest victories, when you also get see them push through those fears and tackle what they can.

The whole family cheering on Glenn

The whole family cheering on Glenn

This was one of the most supportive group of guests I have encountered. It was awesome to see them cheer each other on and relate their own experiences of pushing through fears or obstacles to encourage their brother/sister/ father/ mother/child push through as well. I spent a lot of the morning sitting back in awe at the positive atmosphere.

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It sounds like the Giacalone family shares outdoor adventures frequently, from Acadia ME to Moab UT. Thanks for visiting Rumney NH this time, and doing so with Mooney Mountain Guides. I was thrilled to be a part of this family outing and wish you guys many more fun ones in the future!

Erik Thatcher

MMG Guide