August Dunkin traversed the rocky face of a granite cliff on private land near Taos Ski Valley on Friday (June 10), looking for a place to grip the rock with his hands and feet. It was a perfect sunny mountain day. Recent moisture had encouraged the high country wildflowers to bloom, and there were birds soaring near the cliffs. But for Dunkin, 9, the moment was all about finding the next hold so he can continue to move up the cliff.

He is part of a group of local Taos kids who learned to climb with Jay Foley of Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures all that week.

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