Was your dad a climber? Or your Mom? Or neither?

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micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 5, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Mine wasn't. But my dad taught me how to backpack. My mom how to make a good campfire. Climbing for me started out of a backpacking love of the mountains, that grew into what it is today after seeing some climbers coming down a trail, looking haggard, gear jangling all over their packs. I was smitten.

But now I'm a dad who is showing my children climbing at a young age. The Force is strong with them and my greatest days in the mountains have been on summits with my children.

Was your Dad a climber?
Or your Mom?
Or Neither?

I think it could be a fun thread (with photos if you got em)to hear of old school moms and dads who helped create the climber you are.

Gabriel &#40;10&#41; topping out Cathedral Peak...his first big summit...
Gabriel (10) topping out Cathedral Peak...his first big summit...two weeks ago.
Credit: micronut
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
My Dad. He climbed in Yosemite during the early 70s, then became an Arborist. He's had me swinging on ropes my whole life.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Are those the only choices?
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Neither.
They think it's stupid.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
Neither. Hillbillies don't have to go camping. They were living on the land, they didn't have to go visit it.
chick_on_ice

Trad climber
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
If I was 1/10th the badass my dad is and had half his rockin' style, I'd be at a good place in my life.

Soviet sufferfest 1991-sytle. Far left is my hero with only part of hi...
Soviet sufferfest 1991-sytle. Far left is my hero with only part of his nose left.
Credit: chick_on_ice
1995 With V. Gorelik on Pobeda.
1995 With V. Gorelik on Pobeda.
Credit: chick_on_ice
One stylin' Soviet
One stylin' Soviet
Credit: chick_on_ice
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 02:31pm PT
Chica on Ice...How cool. Those old dues were so hard. Glad he showed you the high places.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Ghoul,

That's probably a common sentiment. I'm sure you're not alone.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
My Mom started climbing when she split with my Dad. She was never serious about the climbing, but was really into the hiking/peak bagging.

My mom on some peak.
My mom on some peak.
Credit: WyoRockMan

She did make sure I got a love of the slab and wyde early on though. She has always been supportive of my climbing.

Way better.
Way better.
Credit: WyoRockMan
My first OW. &#40;Hyalite Canyon, MT&#41;
My first OW. (Hyalite Canyon, MT)
Credit: WyoRockMan

My oldest son hates it, but my daughter is just starting to get into it.

Meadow having a ball.
Meadow having a ball.
Credit: WyoRockMan
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
Neither ....but I fixed that...


http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Lost-Arrow-Spire-Fun-in-Sun-with-Father-and-Son/t11735n.html



dad on the spire summit
dad on the spire summit
Credit: matty
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
No. My Pop was not a climber at all. He was a good hunter and a good car camper :-) plus he could run a small farm and pretty much handle most anything mechanical, electrical and construction oriented. He could trouble shoot equipment he was newly familiar with and taught me trouble shooting logic from a young age. I think all of the skills I learned from him as a boy factor into my style of climbing even though they weren't necessarily related to climbing-movement.

I had the run of the woods and a small recreational farm, first in NJ and then in Tenn. Had a horse and open access to firearms, camping gear and canoe. The biggest thing my pop did for the future climber in me was invest faith that I could use these tools without supervision.

"Can I borrow the canoe? Me and Junior want to float Turnbull Creek and camp out somewhere along the way. Mom will pick us up Sunday?"

He let me do that sh#t from the age 13 onward! That is when I became interested enough in technical climbing to invest some of my own - allowance and work money saved up for a goldline rope and some runners. And I was off to the races.

At about age 15 or 16, I was in the garage one night, sorting what little gear I owned. Pop wandered in and wanted to know from what. So I explained a little and he asked me to show him how the rappelling worked. He'd seen me once dulfersitz the chimney on his barn with a polypro rope, so he was a bit dubious.

I showed him knots by tying rope to bench and running it out the door. I showed him the diaper harness by putting it on. He wanted to know materials strengths (a metalurgist by training and welding engineer by practice), etc. which I could easily spout. He marveled at the strength of tubular webbing.

I showed him how a carabiner was used to bind the harness and connect the figure 8. Then I showed my how it worked by rappelling out of the garage and down the driveway (it was steep but not THAT steep). He seemed quite satisfied I knew what I was doing and aside from general curiosity some 25 years later on a visit to California, he never once questioned my gear or competence again, not once.

The other great gift he gave me was enthusiastic support for some 30-years after I flew the nest. Invariably, when we talked by phone or in person he asked me if I was climbing still. He didn't seem to want or need to hear the stories, he just wanted to know I still had a passion and the energy to pursue it. He'd always answer the same,

"Good, it keeps you young." And he'd nod a firm, but friendly approval.

He asked me that question about 2-weeks before he passed at 85 years of age. Still brings tears to my eyes. I was in Death Valley the night he died, too.

Miss you Pop!
DMT

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
My dad taught me how to backpack and was one heck of a belay slave, but he never climbed.

He's a hardcore roadie, he's got 3500 miles this year (so far) averaging around 19 mph. Dude is badass, just not a climber.

Thanks dad!
chick_on_ice

Trad climber
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
micronut:

my dad is still a pretty ridiculous 'hard guy'. Here is a photo from our deck right now, where he is busy being domestic. He still smokes me running, skiing, climbing.... the only thing I can marginally do better than him is technical ice and rock and that's only because he's never tried it (you know, the whole Soviet siege-style expedition sufferfests were very much 'in' when he climbed with them. Not so much the light and fast alpine styles).

54 and rockin' the short shorts. Some things never change.
54 and rockin' the short shorts. Some things never change.
Credit: chick_on_ice
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Mt. Buckner 1972
Mt. Buckner 1972
Credit: my dad
Both.
I don't encourage my kids to climb, though - too many family tragedies (already).
But I'll go if they initiate it. They are into running and biking and seem to be having lots of fun....
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Neither parents climbed but they supported me by driving me to J-Tree, Tahquitz and Yos Valley before I could drive myself.

I am passing the stoke/tradition on to my son in law
Mitch.
Teaching Mitch belay device basics
Teaching Mitch belay device basics
Credit: T Hocking
The noob shows good form.
The noob shows good form.
Credit: T Hocking
Family victory shot.
Family victory shot.
Credit: T Hocking
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Neither, which makes my mom's OK with it when I wanted to learn at 13 and my dad driving me to the crags and belaying me all the more supportive and memorable. When I was 16 I ran away from home to go to the Valley (well, my two big sisters drove me to the bus stop), they didn't even try to drag me home. My dad just drove up, made sure I was OK and had enough cash until I was ready to head home when school started. Crazy good parents.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Very cool Clint. Great photo. I hear you. I want my kids to love the outdoors. To enjoy a trout rise, a well gained summit and a breathtaking sunset. I wouldn't "choose" a hard driving alpine lifestyle for them if I had the choice. As a dad I realize the reality of the danger in climbing and sometimes its a bit of a dilemma for me. Who knows where they'll end up, but I sure do love being out there with them.


I love that my seven year old asked me the other day if we had to "rap off the summit" or if we could downclimb. Its fun just hearing the word "rap" in your kindergartener's lexicon.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Neither climbed. My dad worked on the dams and power stations in the Big Creek and San Joaquin River Canyon areas in the early 1920's, and had months of bivouacs when he served as a Sea Bee in WWII. Between those two activities, he didn't really view camping in the mountains as a vacation.

He did, however, carry me up Moro Rock when I was an infant, and his sister took my mother, sisters and me camping every year. I hiked to Half Dome with my mother when I was 11, and that hike probably got me going climbing.

My mother is 101, and my dad, if he were alive, would have been 112, so they won't be climbing now. Then again, to paraphrase Tom Patey, with two golden wings as a passport, Dad wouldn't need to climb to get up a wall.

John
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
[Ritner Walling]
I've met him! He was/is a cool dude.
[Edit: he is not Russ's dad - Russ was just having fun]
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Avid fisherman. Did backpacking with me as a kid, and then later family trips throughout the Sierra.

He's summited Mt Whitney and I haven't!! :)

He's done more 14'rs than I have too!

I've had him out climbing once. That was cool.

Trying to get mom out too.
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