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rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 16, 2008 - 11:06pm PT

My wife asked me when I would stop climbing.
After all we now had a family.
My eyes musta bulged out of my head as I said Rox will be four, Mon three next year and that should be old enough. Besides I climbed seven of the eight years we dated so what makes you think I will ever stop?
In the past twenty five years not all or even most arguments have gone my way or ended as fast.

Lower pitches
Devils Tower same year 83
Vedauwoo last year

Boulder Canyon today


Out of the six parties we saw climbing two were all girls , the other were 50/50 split no all guy parties to be seen.
Sir loin of leisure...

Trad climber
X
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:08pm PT
my daughter started climbing when she was 17 days old,shes 7 now,,been skiing since she was three
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2008 - 11:12pm PT

Pictures did not come thru I will try later....
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Arid-zona
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:22pm PT
I can't wait to take mine!
jbar

Mountain climber
Inside my head
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:44pm PT
I have a friend who is a guide in boulder. On a bad weather day He jokingly told me that the guys hate going to the BRC because of the groups of girls there that climb better than they do.
sibylle

Trad climber
On the road again!
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:48pm PT
I don't have daughters —only a son, who started climbing when he was 4. My teenage son and I went on a 4-month road trip this summer. We climbed at City of Rocks, Tuolomne, Squamish, Smith rocks, and a few desert towers near Moab.
I wrote Fun climbs Colorado: Best Family Climbing Trips after all my friends asked me where to take their kids climbing.



A friend's daughter:
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz Mountains/Los Gatos
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:48pm PT
my daughter climbed with me for about 5-6 years, from about 10-16 years old,and they were some of the finest times of my life, without doubt. she learned in the local gym and then we started cragging at the Pinnacles. longer trips to the valley, leap, and especially the meadows (our favorite). and then annual trips to more distant destinations, canadian rockies, south dakota needles/mt rushmore, the tetons, city of rocks, sw utah, devil's tower, and other spots.

so many fine moments and memories. if I was techno savy I would copy and post a photo.
in particular, one of the finest moments of my life was as we were falling asleep in our tent the night before planning to summit the grand, she's maybe 13, she says 'thank you dad' unsolicited in the most sincere and heartwarming tone.
very special.
sibylle

Trad climber
On the road again!
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:51pm PT

My book, Fun climbs Colorado: Best Family Climbing Trips.



rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2008 - 12:11am PT
Today
Boulder Canyon
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2008 - 12:18am PT

Vedauwoo last year

Slick Rock by Mcall ID.

On top of Slick Rock Roxanne 9 Monica 8

Somewhere on Devils Tower the same year
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:27am PT


Michael D

Big Wall climber
Napoli, Italy
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:37am PT
My daughter, Sierra, started at 7yo. Her first multi-pitch a couple years later. El Cap and WFLT at 11. It gave her the confidence to tackle other goals like Kung Fu, Competitive Swimming, open water swimming, Skiing, etc. It even crosses over into school studies too. Great way to teach kids about being aware of other places and people. Cheers
Sir loin of leisure...

Trad climber
X
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:38am PT
agreed
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:55am PT
Victoria at age 2

Age 7 or 8


Age 10




She will even carry a pack in the back country.



JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 17, 2008 - 01:26am PT
My photos are treating me with contempt (technical difficulties), so I'll have to rely on narrative. I took my daughters hiking and climbing well before they were in school. They're both over 21 now, both list climbing as among their favorite activities, and the mountains as their favorite place. Best of all, they still lower thmeselves to climb with their parents at times.

I took my wife up Cathedral Peak while we were still engaged. That must have terrified my future in-laws, because they immediately pre-paid for golfing lesson for me (I'd never swung a club). Of course, all that did was create another hobby -- and my wife still climbs on occasion.

When I started climbing in the late 1960's, women were few and far between on the rocks. I'm grateful for how that's changed. I like to think that we -- and all the other parents that took their daughters climbing -- were a part of that process.

Hat's off to all who take their children climbing. We've reaped priceless rewards, and I hope you all will, too.

John
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 17, 2008 - 01:30am PT
Great stuff!
Mike.

climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 01:36am PT
Totally cool stuff.

Love the Chucks on DT, Rich.

Good to hear from ya, TT, and see some pix.

Damn, how they grow. Props to you dads for getting them involved.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 17, 2008 - 02:13am PT
I've climbed on many occasions with daughters, and for the most part greatly enjoyed the experience. Other people's daughters, that is.
Realist

Big Wall climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 08:34am PT
Great post Bump it to keep up the top
Gunks Guy

Trad climber
Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 17, 2008 - 09:58am PT
Here is my daughter Maggie last summer at 3 years old.






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