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#1 of 5 Old 10-22-2008, 06:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Are there any other rock climbing parents out there?

I've climbed a bit on and off over the past decade (mostly off since I had my daughter), but recently had a wonderful idea. My daughter Denali (age 5) loves to rock climb, and so do I...why not do it together and get us both some awesome winter exercise?

My daughter has been enjoying rock climbing since she was about 3.5 years old. We'd go to the local rock gym occasionally and let her boulder around a bit (climbing without a harness: staying close to the ground and going from side to side rather than up and down). As most kids seem to, she took to it right away and had a wonderful time.

This year I got us a family membership to the climbing gym. We've become hooked on bouldering together!
Denali and I have started going 3 times a week. She climbs while I spot her, and then I climb while she sits on the bench near my route. Then it's her turn again. We climb, alternating turns, for about an hour, or until she gets bored (which is seldom before the hour is up). We go in the morning when the gym is almost empty so that we get our choice of all the routes that are best for her. So far it is working out great!

My rules for her are: no running in the gym, no yelling, no intentionally jumping off a route from more than three feet up (those crash pads are way too tempting!), she may not climb or walk directly underneath anyone on the wall, and she must sit on a bench or the floor near by when I am on the wall (for her safety).

It is super exercise for me, really gives my legs, arms, and core a wonderful workout. If feel stronger, more energetic, and have lost a lot of back pain and tension.
Denali gets to exercise, too, and gets to burn off a lot of that little kid energy while using her whole body and her brain. Its the perfect routine for the winter, when the weather outside is to wet, cold, and nasty for going to the playground.

If there are any other climbing mamas or papas I would love to here your experiences, if you climb with your kids or if you climb solo, and any stories you'd like to share.
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#2 of 5 Old 10-22-2008, 10:37 PM
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my kids climb at our gym. They seem really good to me. They gym has a competitive team that I thought about signing my oldest up for, but I couldn;t work it into our (overpacked) schedule. I have yet to try the climb wall , but I may try it this weekend.

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I could have written your post.
The only difference is that my just-turned-six-year-old son has to climb alone now because I have a 3 month old to watch. So he climbs in the bouldering room and dd and I watch him. Same rules and everything. Very funny.
He has climbed on the big wall using a specialized harness they have at our gym.
Unfortunately, he can't join the climbing team until he's ten
I hope at some point to be able to join him climbing again...

Lucky wife to DH and mom to DS (10/02) and sweet DD (7/08) and DSD (3/93) and assorted animalia
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We are a climber family. DH has been a climber for 15 years. He introduced me to it when we met. I instantly loved it. We were travelling around to climb, camp, and go to hot springs for our first few months together. Then I got pregnant. It's taken us a while to find a groove with climbing and parenting, but it seems we've finally found it after 3 years. DH went 2 days a week (I'm a SAHM and he has 3 days weekends) during the summer and I went the other weekend day, the 2 half days DS was in school, plus I have a bunch of mom climber friends with kids, so we take our kids places where we all take turns climbing or bouldering while the dads are at work. DS isn't into putting a harness on yet, so we just let him boulder around when we go on walks in the backyard. We seem to always be by rocks, living in the Rocky mtns and all! The gym that we go to is also really cool about us bringing our kids, so in the winter it's sort of a playgroup there.

I did my first lead climb this summer!! : Nice to meet all the other MDC climbers!

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I used to go all the time, even worked at the climbing gym, and did both sport and traditional climbing all the time. Then we moved to a flat place without even indoor climbing We've recently moved to MT, and have a nice climbing gym nearby. Dh and I have started going again, and ds went for his first time last week!

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