A group of MERO alumni hit the rocks yesterday at the Planet Granite rock climbing gym in Belmont! This was the first time any of them had climbed, but after getting roped in they gave it their all and every one of them made it to the top on at least one route. It was really cool to see them step outside of their comfort zones and push themselves to try something new and a little bit frightening. Our favorite part was seeing the smile on each student's face when they came down after accomplishing something they didn't think they could do. Thank you Planet Granite Belmont for hosting us and making this event possible!
Marco getting roped up, climbing, and coming back down after reaching the top.
Left: Alexia nears the top of her first climb. Center: José pushes himself on a 5.11! Right: Guadalupe gives a thumbs up from the top.
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Welcome to El Mero Mero, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. El Mero Mero is Spanish for "the best" or "legit", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!