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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Greg doesn't surfing addiction lead to behavior where one learns that it is okay to be extraordinarily mean to noobies and non locals?
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Greg doesn't surfing addiction lead to behavior where one learns that it is okay to be extraordinarily mean to noobies and non locals?

Only when they get out of line, don't obey surfing's rules of the road, and fail to respect their elders, Jim. :-)

I haven't seen much of the extreme localism you're talking about since the late '80s... except when some shoulder-hopping punk ass up from Santa Cruz keeps dropping in on the locals at Ocean Beach... then the hammer falls.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Credit: S.Leeper

bump for a great thread
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:30pm PT


Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:32pm PT










Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Greg I sent you an article I wrote about taking my son climbing a couple of years ago. It was when he was living with me that we did the big climb. A multi-pitch climb on Beacon Rock. I called the piece "Bringing Up The Boy".

That was when he was 12. Now 5 year later he hasn't lived with me for 4 of those years. A lot has changed. One thing I did was I didn't push the climbing on him much. I always made it available but never made him go.

My daughter has not lived with me since my divorce and I don't get to see her as much as I would like to. I never pushed climbing on her at all. She has been a couple of times.

This next weekend I am taking both of them out hiking. My son has taken a shine to one of my secret climbing spots and wants to go up there again. His sister is wanting to go too. I don't care what we do as long as it is outside. I love sharing with my kids my love of the outdoors and exploring.

They both know I am a nut about climbing and that's all I talk about. I try to tone it down around them, but they know this is my lifestyle and give me a pass and will gently let me know when they have had enough.

I see a lot of potential with my kids as climbers. They have an abundance of energy and are tough as nails. My son is skinny as a rail and went climbing with me recently. I have not given up hope that one of my kids will turn on to the climbing gig. My daughter is 11 and I set up a rope in a tree to teach her how to jug a rope and she just flew up it several times. Maybe she will be a big waller. She certainly has the focus and mental toughness. Little itty bitty thing she is.

My son is going to turn 18 next year. I can't wait to take him on a road trip adventure. I see it big and am dreaming......
Noah my son after the Beacon Rock climb.
Noah my son after the Beacon Rock climb.
Credit: Plaidman
Emily being funny. She is a riot!
Emily being funny. She is a riot!
Credit: Plaidman
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Hey Greg, it is great to have you involved here! Thanks for your real climbing related posts.

As for the children, I don't think a parent should determine a specific path to follow and then somehow "enforce" it upon their child. We were sure to introduce our daughter to the outdoors from an early age . . . pretty much from in utero . . . Indian Creek even! She started skiing at 4 and was a very good hiker until the age of 10 or so. Then she went her own way with softball, basketball and eventually volleyball. We worked with and supported her in whatever she chose. At 18 now, I would have to pay her to go for an actual hike . . . no big deal, she is her own excellent person. I think you are intuitively on the same path of acceptance with your son. I have talked with my friends who coach young skiers in Telluride and many of theses kids are burned out on the sport at ages of 12-14 due to being pushed by their parents.

Go Demons! Sophie don't climb . . . yet.
Go Demons! Sophie don't climb . . . yet.
Credit: Kalimon
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Feb 15, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Love the pictures of your kids all, thanks.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 15, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Shed the mantle, Von....shed the mantle.....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 15, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Find your own path.....be unique;...be an individual.......check.......









Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 15, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Apple don't fall far from the tree...(check out that sparkle in his eye;....).....

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 15, 2013 - 01:11am PT


Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Feb 15, 2013 - 08:00am PT
Bob was always a good helper:
Bobby D.
Bobby D.
Credit: Charlie D.
Now he's my rope gun:
Bobby D. & Charlie D.
Bobby D. & Charlie D.
Credit: Charlie D.
Eric the youngest, now my ski buddy from Bozeman:
Tele-master Eric D.
Tele-master Eric D.
Credit: Charlie D.

Enjoy it all, every day, every minute!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 15, 2013 - 11:15am PT






Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Feb 15, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Fine looking bunch of kids there Todd good work!!!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Wow, this is really turning into a fun thread. I'm loving all the outdoor pics of us out with our kids.

@Charlie D: that is bitchin'. A colossal success. You look like you're having SO much fun.

@TG: good to know that fun is getting payed forward in the desert.

@Kali: Who are you? Are you the person who once found a message-board bomb in Refugio Frey? (Greatest practical joke I've ever played.)

Campus Point, summer 2009, Ryan graduates from boogie boarding to the ...
Campus Point, summer 2009, Ryan graduates from boogie boarding to the soft top, prepping for his first ride
Credit: Gregory Crouch

The lesson continues
The lesson continues
Credit: Gregory Crouch

The ride
The ride
Credit: Gregory Crouch

Dad, psyched
Dad, psyched
Credit: Gregory Crouch

Ride #2.... don't think he beat the section
Ride #2.... don't think he beat the section
Credit: Gregory Crouch
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
@ Plaidman: I remember the story. Excellent that you're still getting 'em outside. :-)
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 15, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
Just got him some new shoes. This may entice him further into the trap.
Credit: Plaidman

That story is still on my blog at:
http://blog.oregonlive.com/climbing/2009/12/beacon_rock_-_bringing_up_the.html

Plaid
Brock Wagstaff

Trad climber
Larkspur
Feb 15, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Great thread Greg! I took both my kids climbing at an early age, but never pushed them. Many years later both of them love the mountains. My son never took to climbing, but my daughter still does it occasionally. Pics are from last summer when we did Moon Goddess together. Best part of that was spending time in the back country with my daughter and getting a chance to catch up on her busy life. I try to do at least one mountain trip a year with each of my kids.
Moon Goddess Arete
Moon Goddess Arete
Credit: Brock Wagstaff
Temple Crag
Temple Crag
Credit: Brock Wagstaff
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