A suitable analogy might suggest the road to physical fitness is filled with many peaks and valleys.
The Oregon National Guard brought both to Lakeview High School on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, as part of their Physical Health and Adventure Tour (PHAT) program.
Included in this interactive presence was a 25-foot climbing wall as well as a gymnasium filled with an inflatable obstacle course and other fitness-related equipment.
“It’s a good opportunity for the Guard to get out in front of students,” said Anthony Bond, an Army National Guard recruiter for the Klamath Falls and Lakeview areas.
Students took turns at climbing the simulated rock wall in the basketball courts just west of the Daly Middle School building. Inside the gym, there was a massive 110-foot long by 25-foot tall obstacle course that pitted student against student.
The obstacle course features multiple slides, tunnels and ladders
A pugil pit served as an American Gladiators-type contest in which students stood on inflatable pods and attempted to knock each off with large, padded mallets, of sorts.
This activity helps students develop balance as well as endurance.
Sgt. First Class (SFC) Jarred Morgan noted that the Guard runs the mobile events tour throughout the state, with recent stops ranging from Coos Bay on the coast to Pendleton in the northeast corner.
Four weeks out of the month, they bring the tour to high schools throughout Oregon, he said, but they also attend other events, such as rodeos and miscellaneous community-based events.
“We’re here to promote physical fitness and confidence-building in the students,” Morgan said, noting that team-building exercises and providing an entertaining atmosphere for fitness are among the goals.
Morgan said that the tour reflects the community-based philosophy of the National Guard.
“This is one way we can give back to the community…,” he said, “plus the kids really seem to enjoy it.”