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Climbing for Credit: Applying Kurt Hahn's Principles for Promoting Holistic Lifestyles

Brand, James; Kruczek, Nick; Shan, Kevin; Haraf, Paul BA; Simmons, Daniel E. MEd

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31824733a3

Climbing is a sport, a hobby, and metaphor for life's lessons. A climbing course for undergraduate students was designed on the basis of the principles of rock climber and educator Kurt Hahn, who transferred lessons learned from physical activity into lessons for life and whose philosophy underpins the Outward Bound program. Hahn's 10 principles for sound mind-body-spirit are described.

Athletic Department, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Daniel E. Simmons, Athletic Department, Drexel University, 3301 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.