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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.






Check out that form!

Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:02am PT


Bevin and I on top of a Courtright Dome, who's name escapes me.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:30am PT
lamadera

Trad climber
New Mexico
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:07pm PT
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:13pm PT
Girls rule in the outdoors and at the crags.



Both of my daughters have endured and enjoyed a climbing family lifestyle since infancy: day trips to local crags and road trips across the western U.S. Claire in Wyoming on an extended road trip.



Our youngest, was a regular at the gym and local crags since 2 months old.



Tuolumne Meadows is her favorite place to spend vacation time.



The important thing is to find a balance between climbing and kids having fun doing other stuff too.



This summer we took a family backpack trip in the Sierras. She carried all her own stuff and hiked 8 mile days without complaint (we were blown away how well she did).



Families and kids at the crags has become more and more a common sight as climbers age, marry and have kids.



klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:24pm PT
great thread. but how did such a motley collection of lowballs produce such good looking kids?

the men of ST obviously have a tradition of marrying well out of their league.
Gene

climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 12:28pm PT
the men of ST obviously have a tradition of marrying well out of their league.

Truer words have seldom been spoken.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 17, 2008 - 02:14pm PT
Yeah, that worked for me.
BoKu

Trad climber
Douglas Flat, CA
Nov 17, 2008 - 03:45pm PT
Climbing with your daughters rocks! The most fun climbing I've done has been with my teenage daughter, I can't wait to climb with her younger sister.

Munginella 19 October 08:


CS Concerto/After Six 8 November 08:



This summer we also did Great White Book with the Wide Wednesday crew (she liebacked the chimney and cruised it, I chimneyed it and flailed). We also made an attempt on Hobbit Book with them 7 September but had to retreat after she got a laceration that required eleven stitches:


Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 17, 2008 - 03:52pm PT
That, was an adventure, Boku, I thought it fitting that she got a raffle prize @ the facelift.
BoKu

Trad climber
Douglas Flat, CA
Nov 17, 2008 - 04:16pm PT
That, was an adventure, Boku, I thought it fitting that she got a raffle prize @ the facelift.

It sure was! I was super impressed how she kept it together on the retreat. You and the Wide crew were super gracious about it as well.

The swag pack she got at the facelift included the coolest utensil I have ever known: a titanium spork. It's a spork, and it's made of titanium; what's not to drool over? I am still green with envy.
BBWolf

climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 06:13pm PT




Two point five yrs old and she loves to climb!
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Nov 17, 2008 - 07:37pm PT

Bouldering-2008


Colorado-2005


Oregon-2008



first Lead 2006

sween345

climber
back east
Nov 17, 2008 - 08:45pm PT
My youngest (now 11) and me at Mission Gorge.
And high steppin' back onto Ken's Crack (I allowed her to restart from the boulder, as she had started from the ground)
At the end of that day, as we were walking out she asks "Dad, for my next birthday can we camp here for the weekend." (The Gunks is usually a day trip for us)
I was so flustered with joy I had to stop walking and collect myself to answer "Sure, if that's what you want"
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2008 - 09:03pm PT


I would even climb with a daughter from another father . As sweet as this one anyway.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Nov 17, 2008 - 09:13pm PT
Not climbing...sorry, I don't have any pics of her climbing.



Gene

climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 09:15pm PT
Rich,

Great freaking shot! You caught the moment. Classic.

GM
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2008 - 02:12am PT
GM
I caught the Horny Toad her dad took the picture.



Mike
Here is a picture of the last pairs of CTs with Stealth rand rubber soles and rand.
John sold Progressive about the time they were they were made.
jbar

Mountain climber
Inside my head
Nov 18, 2008 - 02:44am PT
So much cool stuff. I've never seen chucks with stealth rubber!

Mrtropy that first lead photo is AMAZING!

AbeFrohman

Trad climber
new york, NY
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:51am PT
that is awesome. makes me so psyched.

Izzy's 2nd birthday was yesterday. I can't wait to take her out in the spring. I will definitely get her the harness and those little tiny shoes! (and a helmet of course)
Indianclimber

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Nov 18, 2008 - 09:49am PT
Roxanne Sims

climber
Nov 18, 2008 - 06:08pm PT
Dad-Rich Sims- I do not even know why mom bothered asking you:) I miss those shoes.
matty

Big Wall climber
Valencia, CA
Nov 18, 2008 - 07:38pm PT
So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without warmth from
A woman's good, good heart

On behalf of every man
looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters, too
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:34pm PT
This is that same girl.. Highest point in North Dakota.


bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:41pm PT
Indianclimber, that's an awesome pic that only a climber could probably understand. Mom makin' sure her daughter's all backed up proper. Sweet!
rock grrl

Trad climber
CA
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:46pm PT
Sunday I took a picture of a 4 year old climbing with her parents (with their permission), she's so cute! Her parents said she does much better in the gym but really vertical stuff scares her (she was at the bottom of a 5.9 and didn't want to go higher).

My sister has identical twin girls, they are 14 mos old now but they started walking early and already have good balance so maybe I'll be taking them out early too.

I hope to be the cool Auntie ;)

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:49pm PT
"how did such a motley collection of lowballs produce such good looking kids?"

that's just funny....

Good to see so many rock-rats. Mine's only 6 months right now, going on trips next year. He's a boy too so I shouldn't be posting in the 'daughter' thread.

Mr Vogel, that girl's facial expression on the 8mile pack-hike is kinda what I look like at that point, it's not happy until ya hit camp.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:53pm PT
I hope to be the cool Auntie ;)

On some great days I get to be Adventure Uncle.
Five of my nieces (three nephews too) have gone climbing with me.





Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:24am PT
the museum,

You can use the free software Irfanview to crop and adjust the colors on your scanned photo:



(done with 2 keystrokes: ^Y to crop and U to autoadjust colors)
Gilwad

climber
Frozen In Somewhere
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:12am PT
Nice topic, and great looking kids/families doing cool things. My daughter is 18 months now, and loves going walking in the mountains. Cool.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:36am PT
Museum, as I recall from Verm's 50-state slide show years ago, North Dakota (along with
Louisiana) was one of the two hardest states in which to find anything climbable. Your
photo of the high point doesn't look promising in that regard either (though it's cheerful).
Is there anything worth climbing in North Dakota?
salad

climber
Escondido
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:49pm PT
posted most of these before, but....

2 months old, first trip to castle rock


3 months old sonora pass bouldering trip


slab workout, culp valley, 1.5 years old


gettin her thang on at the pollen grains


thats munge cranking...


getting some beta at the happy's (where did all my hair go?)


great partners dig the approach, this is mono pass in route to mt starr


alpine style on mt starr


stoked for her first summit


daddy daughter summit shot


white mtn summit, first 14er. those little legs friggin powered all day!


coupla weeks ago - first time roping up





GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:52pm PT
Where's Dingus???

I don't have any kids, but I've gotten to be the cool uncle to my my niece Abigail a couple times:



GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 19, 2008 - 01:19pm PT
GO, I think nieces count too! Or should do, not everybody's got daughters (or climber Dads).
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:11pm PT
My girls are 16 and 17 now. They have done a few climbs here and there over the years but never got into it. They do love road trips though. First one was Red Rocks then J Tree about 11 years ago. They jumped out of the van at Red Rocks, ran around, then said "This can't be a desert there is too much vegetation!"
That was a real eye opener that desert can be much more than Sahara dunes.
Wait till your family trips evolve into raving at Burning Man!
Chris2

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:54pm PT
Ok, I will go against my nieces wishes...edit
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
somewhere without avatars.........
Nov 19, 2008 - 08:24pm PT
UUUUGHHHHH!!!! This thread was going so well too!
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
Nov 19, 2008 - 08:34pm PT
Today, my daughter said "I want to go climbing this weekend."
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 10:21pm PT

So this is not a climbing shot. I am sure that climbing was a big factor in the woman she is.
Yes I am a very proud dad as we all deserve to be
salad

climber
Escondido
Nov 19, 2008 - 10:25pm PT
wow, awesome rich! i expect that day to be a beautifully tough one...
dougs510

Social climber
down south
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:04pm PT
Best thread ever! Here's a couple of my daughter Cassie at table rock in Linville gorge N.C.

HI Cass!!



At the belay, all smiles!!
rich sims

Trad climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2008 - 11:10pm PT
Salad
Truer words never spoken.

The relationship we have climbing with our daughters- (children) is strengthen to levels never achieved going to a swim meet , ( fill in the blank) or dropping them off at the mall.
The joy I have received climbing, Snowboarding and kayaking with my daughters goes far beyond what I thought was possible.
For you younger dads give mom a break take the kids out one on one. The break you give mom is nice. What you gain is priceless.
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:14pm PT
That's runout, or maybe onsight, everytime, for sure Rich! Cheers!
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:36pm PT
Thanks Clint - I have irfan view on my desktop - I'm just too lazy sometimes!! You've inspired me though! this winter I can clean up all the old pics.

the museum
dougs510

Social climber
down south
Nov 20, 2008 - 12:06am PT
t*r... it is the best thread. I had so much fun with my kid when she was growing up.. climbing, skiing, worrying about boys.... wait a minute! Haha... seriously, it is worth it. Today, she has my granddaughter and I'm like, hey, she needs to be skiing (shes 4), and Cassie is saying.. "Oh no, that's too dangerous!" Whatever Cassie, I seem to remember a 17 year old speed demon on the, slopes, flying by me at the speed of light! I was thinking... man, she needs a helmet!
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Nov 20, 2008 - 12:23am PT
I guess every Grandpa thinks his granddaughter is the strongest, smartest, most beautiful child on the planet...

But you'll have to agree, she does seem able to make the moves:










And, Oh do I love to boulder with her:




Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 20, 2008 - 01:18am PT
This is (one of the) verybestthreads™

at this point I don't want to post reruns, so I'm combing the corporate cores for new ( at least previously untacoided) images.

begs the question though, a poster's daughter ? Or other of our sisters who are all daughters, after all.

Similar deal on the Genes thread™; our double helices express themselves in more ways in our own kids.; we all have parents, siblings, genome-ically extended family members etc

Too bad Jody ran away, he has some awesome, related images.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Nov 20, 2008 - 01:28am PT
Time for some mother-daughter action rather then just grand/father-daughter action.

Shzzzzt, I never did get my daughter ( or my son ) into rock climbing. She discovered it on her own in grade 10, two years ago, when she participated in a specialty outdoor education program. It was made more interesting by there being no provision for her learning-disability so I home-schooled her in "essentials math 10". It'd been 31 yrs since I had done trig.

I coach my daughter in circus arts, tho', and feel a need to add her skills at that to this thread. Presently she's working a fliffis on tramp - double front flip with a 1/2 twist on the second flip (makes the landing easier ) - among other things.

Love her attitude towards her training - and everything else :
Hard work !!! Gotta do it !

Hope to see some good snow in the mtns this winter so our whole family can get out there on the tele boards. Yey !

Cheers, Tami
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Mar 18, 2009 - 08:47pm PT
More pics please..sweet thread.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Mar 18, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
First time in Fontainebleau, I saw a mother-daughter team climbing at Bas Cuvier.

The daughter was in her early sixties. Her mom? Who knows?

So Tami, there's hope yet.
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Mar 18, 2009 - 09:16pm PT
I need to scan some old pics. I have one of her when she was 6 weeks old at the pinnacles, we took a friend with us so someone would hold the baby while my wife and I got to do some climbing. Another pic about 1 yr old with her binky haning off a biner, clipped to a prusic loop on her neck. Then the living room climbing wall.

I'm looking forward to a great summer of climbing, hiking, camping et al.

Here's a few pics from last year.

First lead



Belaying her brother, I've never known anyone to be so fired up wanting to belay. The same attitude she has about driving, in AK you can get your permit at 14, and I'd been giving her lessons at 13. She did belay me up a 4 pitch route, for some reason I forgot the camera that day.



She did awesome at cross country running this, her freshman hs year. Ended up on the varsity team, second fastest in the school, and was just shy of making it to state championships. Every race she was faster, and I honestly don't think she knows what she is capable of.

I love her dearly, the absolute best thing is when we are out somewhere, so comes up and puts her arm through mine leans in close and says how are you pappa. Thank you God for daughters!

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 18, 2009 - 09:31pm PT
Nice thread Rich.
If I had a daughter I would be bragging and showing her off like you all! Instead I'll show off my boy Jake (I'll brag later)! He is a gym climber as well as a trad guy. Mom, after all, is a gym manager.


mooch

Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Mar 18, 2009 - 09:48pm PT
My then 8 year old daughter Cierra staying sober on 'Whiskey Bill' (5.8), Fresno Dome



I wish Barbella would chime in. His daughter Alex is a super talented gal. I remember climbing a handful of routes with her throughout the summer of 2006 and also into the next season at the Monument with the SSCA gang. I'll never forget when she lead her first 5.9 there (Exfoliation Confrontation 5.9+) in the Corral. Watched her pop off before clipping the 2nd bolts (nice 12' whipper off the start!) and getting right back on it without batting an eye and sending it into the record books.

John, if your reading this, you are truly blessed.
Ted

Trad climber
San Rafael, CA
Mar 18, 2009 - 10:27pm PT
A fun little video we made last spring in Joshua Tree:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs6_NTufQ_Q

Triangle Boulder

Hannah - 3 1/2
Ryan - 7 1/2


Crimpergirl

Social climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 18, 2009 - 10:44pm PT
What a happy and fun thread! Great photos, happy people...so happy it has re-emerged!
dougalclimber

climber
Mar 18, 2009 - 11:37pm PT
I don't really climb with my daughter anymore because she climbs on a different planet than I--one with less gravity. But I've certainly enjoyed watching her over the years.





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bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Mar 19, 2009 - 12:04am PT
This thread is inspirational. Paul, Dave, Ted, Mooch, and Doug, good stuff...

here's to another proud Dad who's daughter climbs like a badass.

Woody Stark and little Tia!
doc bs

Social climber
Northwest
Mar 20, 2009 - 12:43pm PT
Ive seen that kid, isnt she is the phenom from WA state? She IS totally out of this world...

I wasnt too disappointed when my kid quit the climbing team because it means I will be able to keep up with her for now and she wont be too bored with the things that I can climb.
salad

climber
Escondido
Mar 20, 2009 - 12:53pm PT
alabama hills

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 20, 2009 - 01:43pm PT
Look at that smile, Salad!!!!


Whoo hoo, it says it all!
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 20, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
A few years ago with Kyra on top of Dinkey Dome, 3rd class.

salad

climber
Escondido
Mar 20, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
you'll notice the jaw is a little tight... she was a bit nervous at that point!!
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Mar 20, 2009 - 02:48pm PT
Great thread.
Jim E

climber
away
Mar 20, 2009 - 02:58pm PT


Gene

climber
Mar 20, 2009 - 03:31pm PT


A repost from an earlier thread, but it means so much to me and fits this thread well. Did we ever have fun on that trip!

A few years later...


Cody, now 19, will be spending next fall semester in South Africa and then working for a few months in an HIV/AIDs clinic in Lesotho.

gm
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Mar 20, 2009 - 07:41pm PT
I feel blessed to have spent many hours in the outdoors with my daughter. I gave her many opportunities to climb and she'd still rather ski powder and that ok.

Climbing Powerdome, something she had wanted to do since her first trip to Courtright



Yesterday on Kaiser Peak, her 1st backcountry ski adventure, (does having Balloon Dome in the back ground make it climbing related?)
Gene

climber
Mar 20, 2009 - 07:46pm PT
Doughnut Dude,

You obviously qualify for the ST Fathers' discount on Shotguns.com.

You are blessed.

Gene
salad

climber
Escondido
Mar 20, 2009 - 11:00pm PT
Jim E - where is that?
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Indiana (the other Mideast)
Mar 21, 2009 - 11:24pm PT
My 16 mos. girl sent the 15 ft. ladder to the top of the jungle gym at the park the other day...terrifying and exhilerating at the same time (for me that is...she wasn't fazed either way!).
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 4, 2009 - 10:56am PT
From Spring Break- Everyone should know this climb



first lead
perswig

climber
Apr 4, 2009 - 07:58pm PT
Salad, Sterling Jim's pics are from Whitehorse Ledge, NH.
More of the story here:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=660503&msg=660710#msg660710

Dale
Dingus Milktoast

climber
Apr 5, 2009 - 09:23am PT
doughnutnational - Skiing IS climbing, brother. Particularly back country ski mountaineering, but even lift served skiing is climbing's cousin (the expensive hooker sort of cousin)

DMT
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Apr 5, 2009 - 09:32am PT
apt metaphors methinks.
doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Apr 5, 2009 - 10:28am PT
Very true DMT, unless you ski at Sierra Summit, then skiing is the low budget hooker kinda cousin. I am now gonna drive my daughter to visit the low budget cousin and make her climb at Tollhouse on the way home (I'm trying to give her some class).
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Apr 5, 2009 - 10:42am PT
I've climbed with a few daughters (none of my own, they were borrowed) and liked it. one 12 years old gal had thise real calmness abut her, she (thanks ato a GREAT dad) was doing trad like it was just the normal way to climb, no big eal, just her aving fun placing that tricam, very pleaseant to see.

I've climbed with a few sons too, also very nice, also none of my own, also borrowed. another good experience every time so far (likely to end taht way too, since I don't seem to be climbing capable any more).

Let me add one thing though, and I'm just about positive that pretty much nobody on this site needs to hear this, but I sure wish some others could:


I have seen some terrible interactions between parent and child during 'climbing lessons'-- kid terrified and in tears, parent yelling and embarrased, people in the area very concerned.

man, if they are not up to it, DO NOT PUSH EM, and if they want down, LET EM DOWN NOW. and do not give em grief. it's not right, and NEVER works out well to upset the kid and y0ourself, especially when a life can be at risk, and at 12 feet or higher, I think the kid could be in trouble. maybe not likely, but possible.

Like I said, I don't think this message applies to anyone who is a regular here, but those guys in the examples I gave, that was not something I made up, those happened, and it was not pretty.
PaulC

Social climber
Apr 5, 2009 - 10:55am PT
I have two daughters (15 and soon to be 13) who love to read, travel, climb, hike, play soccer, watch the Simpsons, discuss theological issues, be goofy, do things for others, argue about music (big fans of The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, Placebo et al.)and do a little surfing. Below is my oldest daughter, Beth Ann, warming up last month.

A little highstep:

Now, I need to get photos of my youngest daughter, Rebecca, posted.

I love being a parent.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Apr 5, 2009 - 11:14am PT
This thread is simply awesome. Being a father for my daughter is one of the finest things I have ever experienced.


Where is Beth Ann climbing at PaulC?
PaulC

Social climber
Apr 5, 2009 - 11:38am PT
T2,

She was bouldering near the entrance of Zion. Both daughters will have their first multi-pitch experience at Seneca Rocks. It will be 30 yrs after my first multi-pitch climb which was also at Seneca.

Paul
johngenx

climber
Apr 5, 2009 - 12:48pm PT
My daughter started at about 4, is turning 10 this summer, and anything I can lead, she finds dull. I need a ropegun!!

A close friend and climbing partner of mine has three adult daughters that grew up climbing, backpacking and skiing. Today, they are capable and confident women that have fitness and the mountains as part of their lives. Too many kids that participate in team sports stop when school is over. Climbing can be "for life."

My munchkin, summer 08...



T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Apr 5, 2009 - 01:55pm PT
Johngenx says:

"A close friend and climbing partner of mine has three adult daughters that grew up climbing, backpacking and skiing. Today, they are capable and confident women that have fitness and the mountains as part of their lives. Too many kids that participate in team sports stop when school is over. Climbing can be "for life."

I could not agree more. I get my daughter out climbing and backpacking as muck as I can but not as offten as I should. Today we had to settle for a surf session, shucks maybe some climbing next week on spring break.
PaulC

Social climber
Apr 5, 2009 - 09:52pm PT
I still have not uploaded the Rebecca's Zion photos (her sister's Zion bouldering photos appeared a couple posts back). However, I did come across an old shot of Rebecca topping out on the blackyard climbing slab.

Rebecca at 4:


Keep posting! Great thread (comments & photos).

It will need a June 21st bump.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 6, 2009 - 07:32am PT
Jim E

climber
away
Apr 6, 2009 - 09:03am PT
Pine Tree Eliminate?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 6, 2009 - 09:38am PT
Good eye for the route, Jim.

That was a while back, of course. On our most recent adventure we looked more like this.



(Jim Estabrook photo)
Rudder

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Apr 6, 2009 - 02:42pm PT
Fun thread!

Here's my lil' (cough) 19 year old...



jeff_m

climber
somewhere fairly insignificant
Apr 6, 2009 - 08:53pm PT
No, couldn't pass up this thread...

I'm extremely proud of my daughters and their love (and ability) for climbing, but I think a lot of it has to do with the general supportive nature of the climbing community and having good role models to climb with and be around. (Yeah, you heard me. That might sound like a stretch to some of you, but if you've ever been around the parents/kids/mentors of any organized sport---or god forbid the "acting/theater/dance" community---climbers are about as saintly as you get....give or take.)

That said, time for pics of the 12-year-old and the 7-year-old (though these are from the last few years):

End o' the day JT race on Maggie's Farm & Rainy Day Women


The elder on Sweet Pete, Alabama Hills


The younger on same


Getting some cleaning practice on Toe Jam


The elder working through Butterfly Crack at Goddesses last year


It's really great when you can leave them to their own devices...


The younger topping out AFPA rock


Slogging up Whitney again


...and topping out


The youngster pleased at pulling through her first bulge/overhang


The older getting some slab work in


Hanging with one of those great role models I was referring to


Okay, that's enough (for now)...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 7, 2009 - 12:23pm PT
Really fun thread.
PaulC

Social climber
Apr 7, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
Blueberry and huckleberry picking at Bear Rocks near Seneca:


Rececca bouldering at Calico Basin:


and Zion:


Beth Ann & Rebecca hiking near Monteverde, Cost Rica:




ninjakait

Trad climber
a place where friction routes have velcro
Apr 7, 2009 - 02:36pm PT
"Sunday I took a picture of a 4 year old climbing with her parents (with their permission), she's so cute! Her parents said she does much better in the gym but really vertical stuff scares her (she was at the bottom of a 5.9 and didn't want to go higher). "

I know these people! Maybe I can coerce them into putting up some more pictures of their kid. =]
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Apr 7, 2009 - 03:02pm PT
yesterday, munginella

T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
May 26, 2009 - 12:39am PT
Victoria turned 13 today. She had told me about a week ago that she wanted to climb for her B-day. She didn't have to ask twice. So we did her first multi pitch up Tahquitz. What a steller day we had!











Chinchen

climber
Living on the road
May 26, 2009 - 01:17am PT
Cool! My turn...
Been on the road for ten months, heres some pics of my daughters Ani and Avery

Ani at Triassic, shes 8 and will be competing for fun in the Teva games coming up












Scrubbing Choss at Alabama Hills





Zion


Avery is just 4 and goes for it!
Zion boulder





Moab


This is inevitable
Bishop




We have been having some fun!!

T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
May 26, 2009 - 01:29am PT
Sweet pics chinchen, Ani is crankin there bro, I'll bet she will shine at the Teva event.
Chinchen

climber
Living on the road
May 26, 2009 - 01:40am PT
Thanks, man what a great thread. Its so cool to see all the great places you guys are taking your girls. Its a really special thing to share with our kids but for some reason the feeling of giving the girls something powerful that they can be good and share with us is the best!
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
May 26, 2009 - 10:29am PT
Was at a party in Canmore a few days ago and got talking to some folks i have not seen for a few years. It turns out their 12 year old daughter is leading 5.12. I guess thats what happens when the dad is a guide.
John Vawter

Social climber
San Diego
May 26, 2009 - 12:56pm PT
I've got some slides of my daughter in diapers on the arete of a boulder upstream from the Tuolumne campground. When she was 9 and my son was 7 I took them up the Great White Book. They lost interest in high school, but they found it again not long after that. They're both leading now at 24 and 26. Last summer Dashielle led the Water Crack and the 5.9 variation on Northwest Books on Lembert. Smooth too.
Gene

climber
May 26, 2009 - 01:03pm PT
T2,

That photo of your young lady asleep in the car is classic! Nothing finer than a great day with Dad in the hills.

gm
rich sims

Social climber
co
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
I’m just doing a little prep work.
I had my almost three year old sitting in my lap looking at this thread.
We probably would have looked through a third time but dinner was called.
Over and over she said look at that girl.
Seeing mommy and Aunty Roxanne was special also.
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