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Guides at the park say it is fun to watch groups and families bond during their climb.
"We found the climbing is especially memorable for families on national park tours where they are spending a lot of time in the car and maybe there is a little tension between mom, dad and the kids," he said. "Teenagers cooped up in cars sometimes like to hang upside down and say, ‘Look mom, no hands, no feet, take my picture.’"
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Bordner’s determined climb up Route 2 was a different kind of family outing.
While crawling over ridges and stepping into thin air to find an iron step she felt the presence of the mother-in-law she never had the opportunity to meet. She found strength thinking of the countless hours her husband, Jeff Bordner, spent caring for his mother. Inspiration came from knowing she was climbing a route picked by one of the best alpinists in the world, now unable to make the same journey.
Perhaps most importantly, Bordner realized how thankful she was to be able to physically make the climb on her own.
"I am grateful I can walk and climb and that I can talk," Bordner said. "It does motivate me to try. If you put your mind to anything you can accomplish it. I’m a big believer in that. You put out into the universe what you want to get and it will come back to you."
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