Trip Report
day out with the boys... on the rocks

by sac
Tuesday June 7, 2011 9:12pm
Took my sons out for a long promised, weather delayed, proper "let's go climbing"... day.
No shortage of enthusiasm, I must say, and off we went, making the not so big 10 min.drive down to "the beach" (cragspeak). The boys carrying their lunch, and one quickdraw each.
The hike in took over an hour for a usual 10 min. walk.
...sidetracking tidepools...
...sidetracking tidepools...
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Great hiking indeed, on clean, ocean washed granite the whole way, although
not very experienced w, climbing shoes, the boys are well aware of "sticky rubber". Until the rope came out, for all their years, this type of hiking is
what the boys knew of as "rockclimbing".
good hiking terrain, eh?
good hiking terrain, eh?
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We finally reached "the big cliff", and the boys busted out their quickdraws, and shoes. Andrew, the eldest was sporting some "stingers" that his mom had bought for him when he was 6mths. old. This was his first time using them
A. and his Stingers
A. and his Stingers
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After much discussion of who went first, We tied in, and A. walked up to the rock aaaaaand... honestly,no coaching!! Needless to say, I was one proud Papa!!
ATTABOY!!
ATTABOY!!
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Will. the youngest, was all about the fun, although not technically honed on the rock, I think he gets the climbing spirit!!
Style IS important, son.
Style IS important, son.
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The rope IS your friend, son.
The rope IS your friend, son.
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We spent the afternoon goofing around,climbing, and soaking up the ocean and sun, an Eagle flew over us, not 20 ft. away!! Of course Papa missed the shot.
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Credit: sac
Credit: sac
Credit: sac
Later, the snacks ran out, and for any parent,that means, time to move out.
Our friend Abbey showed up and we took the high route back.
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Credit: sac
Credit: sac
I stopped at a "puddle" and took this shot.
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Back on the road, we stopped by our climber friends, Jason and Nola's house.
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All, and all, a great day out with the boys.
Later, after supper, Papa went ten minutes in the Other direction, and had some
tr-solo time, and smiled as I looked back down at where we spent the day.
Looking "out"
Looking "out"
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looking down
looking down
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... and I thought, hmmm... I'm thinking this day was worthy of my first trip report at the taco stand.

Anyway, really wanted to share I guess, can't help the gushing parental thing,
Thanks for listening!
A.










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sac is a trad climber from Sun Coast B.C..

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mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
  Jun 7, 2011 - 09:14pm PT
great job guys!!!
Frogjamm

Trad climber
San Francisco
  Jun 7, 2011 - 09:20pm PT
Hand jamming instead of trying to grab the crack - with no instruction? That kid is destined for greatness!
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Jun 7, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
That's one cool dad, keep it up.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Jun 7, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
Very cool sac.

DMT
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Jun 7, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Great stuff. Brings back some memories...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 7, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
SWEET. Nothing quite like training up some new rope guns.

It starts the adventure all over in a weird kinda way doesn't it?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Jun 7, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
That TR is the envy of any Papa. Nice!!!
Silver

Gym climber
  Jun 7, 2011 - 10:24pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#173241

I want to play
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jun 7, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
get em started young! nice!


helmets soon, cuz these guys are going to rock it!
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Jun 7, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
Nice post!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 8, 2011 - 07:55am PT
Awesome, that's two lucky kidos!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 8, 2011 - 08:02am PT
I thought it was Acadia at first. Where were you?



DON"T BE SHY ABOUT "HUMBLE" TRIP REPORTS AROUND HERE FOLKS. WE NEED A LOT MORE OF 'EM.

That's how I made my rep anyway......
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Jun 8, 2011 - 08:18am PT
killer TR debut, hope there will be more to come!


cowpoke

climber
  Jun 8, 2011 - 09:21am PT
I love this TR -- the pictures are great, really conveying the day's joy. thanks so much for sharing it.
Ben Emery

Trad climber
Back and forth the Pacific
  Jun 8, 2011 - 09:25am PT
Thanks for posting that one, great to see kids getting out and doing stuff.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Wyoming
  Jun 8, 2011 - 09:28am PT
Just stunning, Sac. Thanks for sharing these tender wondrous moments with us.
JohnnyG

climber
  Jun 8, 2011 - 09:39am PT
Nice!
I'm looking forward to my first trip to crags with my little guy. He took some of his first steps today. So we have little bit before we tie him in. But, even now, I know that gushing parental thing in your TR.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Author's Reply  Jun 8, 2011 - 11:24am PT
Wow! Thanks soo much for the positive feedback!!
Much appreciated! Yeah, kinda humble, I gotta say, DMT's tr - inspired! thanks DMT.
I showed this tr to the boys this a.m. and after reading all the great comments, they paused, and asked when we were
going climbing again!!
Survival, we were @ Stillwater Bluffs, Upper Sunshine Coast B.C.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jun 8, 2011 - 01:08pm PT
Very, very nice. That's the way to do it!

Thanks
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
  Jun 8, 2011 - 01:39pm PT
Wonderful report! That report made my heart ache, enjoy them cuz it goes by way too fast. With me in Ca., my daughter in Denver and my son in New York, I'm missing those kind of days big time!
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
  Jun 8, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
mighty fine, mighty fine
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Jun 8, 2011 - 02:26pm PT
Lucky lads you have there Sac-I was thinking Gulf Islands when I saw the topography, great area and how fortunate you are to live in such a beautiful place. Yee haw, summer is almost here.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Mar 3, 2019 - 10:56pm PT
Missed this when it first showed up so many years ago. But seeing it now resonates on many levels...

Taking my own sons climbing...

Taking a belay test at the new gym in my new home town with some kid named Andrew...

Finding out that Andrew has a dad who climbs...

Meeting the dad, and tying on with him in the gym, going for a beer (or two) and realizing that this guy is another stuportopian, and...

Yeah, the world is a small place. And if it gets any smaller we shall all fall off...

But, with a bit of luck, when I fall Andy (Sac) will be belaying, and things will all work out.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Mar 3, 2019 - 11:11pm PT
Thanks for bumping that Ghost. Hope you're doing well up there.

Loved the original post. I still can't quite place the first climbs nor the roped solo, but they all looked cool.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Mar 4, 2019 - 05:31am PT
Great awesome killer stuff.

This is why experienced performers don't like to follow kids on stage.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
  Mar 4, 2019 - 07:16am PT
Beautiful scenes with lots of emotive resonance.


How come I missed this? I look in that direction often. I musta been outta town.
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
  Mar 4, 2019 - 07:23am PT
Most excellent !
i-b-goB

Social climber
Nutty
  Mar 4, 2019 - 07:32am PT
I didn't know they made shoes that small!
That will be some great memories!
hellroaring

Trad climber
San Francisco
  Mar 4, 2019 - 09:20am PT
Very nice! Father of the year material no doubt. More Dads like you would make the world a saner place no doubt. Your boys are lucky, course I’m sure they already know that.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Mar 4, 2019 - 09:45pm PT
Thanks for bumping that Ghost. Hope you're doing well up there.
Loved the original post. I still can't quite place the first climbs nor the roped solo, but they all looked cool.

Well, the climbs in Andy's TR aren't anything you would have seen on the cover of a magazine, just little things around here. And "around here" is pretty much the definition of obscurity.

But, obscure or not, I think you'd like it here. There's a small-but-growing nucleus of climbers (of all ages), and, for those willing to put in the effort, endless potential for new climbs.

As Andy said to me over the pints last night, he's now more interested in moderate routes on clean granite, but there is a group of young guys who seem to be keen to dig out and clean those routes for us old guys.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Mar 4, 2019 - 10:38pm PT
This gave me a big smile :)
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