First time climbing with your child?

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tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Mar 24, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
check this kid out...

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GuapoVino

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
I've recently gotten my two youngest kids (11 and 13) interested in climbing. I built a wall in our attic to work out on. I took almost a year getting them worked up to doing a top rope climb. I took them to top rope the first time and the youngest one got spooked. I didn't want to make him hate it before he ever really got started so we stepped back and did some bouldering and climbing on our wall for a while to get them used to it. Then they did their first day of top roping a couple months ago. They loved it.



tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Mar 24, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
ran into this family from Bavaria a couple of summers ago...Dad had set up a top rope for them on the Dike Route, Pywiack

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LilaBiene

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Hey, thanks for all of the great ideas and guidance here.

Gene, especially loved your ideas for the lowering to the ground and running stops, and swinging!

Psyched to get scrambling with the muppet any day now...now if it would just STOP dumping snow here, we'd already be in business! ")
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Mar 24, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
probably want to invest in a kid's harness...
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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 24, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
kids love the "toys."

LilaBiene

Trad climber
Jun 6, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
BBST
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jun 7, 2013 - 12:49am PT

Crystal Crag in Mammoth. Not my sons very first climb but maybe his third or fourth. He was 10 at the time. I try and get out once a week but am not pushing him, just easy fun stuff.
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Jun 7, 2013 - 02:43am PT
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 7, 2013 - 03:34am PT
The gym is a good place to start I think personally because they won't get bored while you hump to the top to set the anchors and such. sure they can follow and learn, but we also had the dog to worry about. plus, at least here, we started when it was cold out so the sitting around makes them unhappy. and then there's the auto-belay. they love it (although i've been to other gyms with auto belays that lowered much more slowly and weren't as fun). after they gym they were that much more excited to do it outside. and don't forget to take pictures so they can put them on their facebooks









and from last night, near shakespeare rock


I also try to mix other stuff in as well. climbing then the beach, etc. last night it was climbing then sunset pictures from inside shakespeare rock. turned out awesome as we were attacked (buzzed several times by very large owls). it was awesome but we felt they wanted us to leave so we did.
OnsightOrGoHome

Trad climber
Fair Oaks
May 31, 2019 - 11:57pm PT
My son and myself.

My dad, brother, sister, and myself.
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