By Julie Pendray
IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Jim Dover says he was always afraid of heights. “I remember being in the elevator in the Eiffel Tower and being terrified.”
Yet the Idyllwild outdoorsman is among thousands who visit Joshua Tree National Park each year to test themselves against massive quartz monzonite boulders. Scaling the boulders, one step at a time, is therapeutic in more than one way. Dover says he now has a whole new lease on life teaching others how to climb.
“I think I’ve found my calling,” he says.
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