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Bryce Goodman and Becky Bauer scale a wall, clipped into safety ropes that will protect their bodies — so long as they can conquer their fear.

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Building community by conquering fear

Students get new view of themselves from atop an adventure rope course

Applause erupts as sixth-grader Karen Reger steps off the ladder. But her leg shakes, and her hands quiver, and she gasps for air. She didn’t make it to the top of the 35-foot-high climbing wall of the adventure course outside Payson High School because of her fear, but it did not matter. Instead of putting her down, all the Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) students in her physical education class gathered around to pat her on the back and congratulate her.


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