People have climbed mountains for the whole of human history, and they have done so for a variety of reasons—spiritual, strategic, prospecting and hunting, surveying, and probably simple curiosity.
Mountains were climbed in ancient and classical times, and even before recorded history.
Mountain climbing, often called “mountaineering” and sometimes “Alpinism,” is the activity of attempting to reach the summits of mountains.
The activity is distinguished from hiking or backpacking by the difficulty of the ascent. For this activity, we used a little bit of engineering to demonstrate the process of “rappelling”.
Rappelling involves descending a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled around the body and fixed at a higher point.
Using yarn, beads, pictures of mountain climbers and some engineering, we enjoyed watching our mountain climbers rise and fall with our arm motions!