On Friday, October 7th, The Wild Creatives hosted another exhilaratingly fun adventure. Climb ’til Sunrise boasted an entire overnight held at the North Kansas City RoKC Gym, where attendees had the chance to rock climb and boulder until the early hours of the morning. People were invited to bring camping equipment, snacks, games, and gear to partake in a night of fun with various creatives from around the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Luckily enough, I got the chance to attend with a good friend.
I arrived at the gym around 8pm, right after event coordinators, Wild Creatives partners, and partners in life Collin Isham and Tara Shupe had finished load in. Collin was constructing a tent in the entryway, and Tara was helping set up the night time snacks and coffee bar, provided by Broadway Roasting. She greeted me with a warm hug, knowing full well I was there alone for the first couple of hours and was feeling quite awkward amongst strangers.
But it wasn’t long before I had made friends with several people. Once we filled out our waivers and signed in to the event, Tara handed us each a cute bag full of goodies, including an adventure mug designed by Carrie Makes with the words “Breath Adventure, Drink Coffee” and the Wild Creatives logo on the reverse side. (There was also a beautiful – IS THAT A THING? – pencil and more info on their workshops and events.) It was a cute little welcome gift to get the ball rolling.
Being the person who defaults to the corner, I was invited to be the first to dig in to the coffee. They made me a pour over in my fancy new mug, and had several dairy and sugar options to choose from. I enjoyed my coffee, clad in my workout attire, in the corner before braving bouldering for the first time with one of my new friends. I was actually pretty good at it, but didn’t want to wear myself out before the friend who was attending the event with me showed up. (Mostly because he climbs at that gym and would undoubtedly have energy to climb for most of the night.)
Tara helped me with my first climb up the wall, and belayed me back down when I realized how high up I was (and remembered that I’ve always been terrified of heights). Once that was over, I made friends with a strange young boy who told us way too much about his life, since the gym is open to the public until 10. Around 11, I left briefly to pick my friend up.
Once we got back, pizza had been delivered and snacks and coffee had been moved from one of the event/yoga spaces into the climbing room. It was insane the amount of energy that room had, many of them experienced climbers. Tara had us play a relay game and I was, for the first time in my life, picked last for a team. (And then I was swapped to another team, but that’s neither here nor there.) To be fair, my team would have won if my vertigo didn’t hit right before I nabbed the last couple of foot holds, so I understand everyone’s hesitation on that front.
But you know what the most amazing part was? The team I was on was full of college kids who were all avid climbers and – although I’m sure they were annoyed at my inability to join their ranks – they were so supportive of me before, during, and after that climb. It was actually invigorating. So when Tara pulled the projector out to play The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I stayed in the climbing area and tried it all out in the dark. And – though I climbed much slower and much less than others – I consistently tried my hand at it until about 3:20 in the morning.
That’s dedication if ever it did exist.
Luckily, I had Tara on-hand to make another mug of brew for myself and my friend, had a few handfuls of Cheez-Its, and partook in a lot of really fun banter and good conversation. Which I know is what The Wild Creatives intend for their events. A time for people to try new things, meet new people, and experience humanity in a different light. It was an adventure and it was mine as much as anyone else’s.
If you’re ever in the Kansas City area, I implore you to check these guys out. They’re currently planning some getaways to far off places, and it never hurts to try it out.
Meredith has spent her life pin balling across America. She is often referred to as an entrepreneur, photographer, writer, and multi-media maven. She would label herself “butcher,” “baker,” and “candlestick maker.” (Hint: One of these is not true.) She is currently trying to find the perfect design for the DIY ukulele her twin gave her for Christmas. You can find her random musings on Twitter and Instagram.