Climbing with Daughters


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

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

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)

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

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


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)...

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

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:


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


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!


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


Avery is just 4 and goes for it!
Zion boulder


This is inevitable

We have been having some fun!!


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.

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!

Trad climber
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.

May 26, 2009 - 01:03pm PT

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

rich sims

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
Iím 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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