Climbing with Kids
Climbing is a pretty intense sport and those who love it, will always love it way beyond their means. And nothing stops them from going climbing, not even kids. Besides, climbing is a great teacher of teamwork, decision-making and managing fear. The level of commitment required for climbing teaches kids patience and sometimes the ability to let go. It also helps kids appreciate the nature.
While for some children climbing comes naturally and they enjoy it, for some parents it’s not so easy. It’s a task to manage yourself and the kids when all you want to go do is climb and they don’t want to. So while we are on this, lets discuss some ways of handling the kids and making them have fun rock climbing.
Target smaller milestones
As an individual climber, you may be used to challenging yourself and setting higher milestones but when climbing with kids, target smaller milestones. You can set more milestones as you start gauging how much they can take. Rock climbing for kids can be a fun activity, but let’s save some of their energies for them to enjoy post the climb.
Carry all required gear
Climbing with kids is a tiring responsibility since they rely on you to make their major decisions for them. Make sure you carry all the essential gear like helmets and harnesses, without which you shouldn’t be letting your kids climb. Another essential is kids climbing shoes as a proper climbing shoe with the sticky rubber will help them tackle difficult terrain.
Make it fun
If you strictly make it a teaching lesson, the kids are not going to learn how to enjoy climbing like you do with a passion. Make it fun. Let them compete. Let them set their own milestones and watch the happiness when they accomplish it. Don’t keep the entire trip just about climbing and let them let their hair down and goof around, as that’s exactly what they are supposed to be doing at that age!
Involve their friends and bigger groups
Climbing, as an activity is more enjoyable in bigger groups and what better than letting your kids have their own friends. The more, the merrier. Let them unwind and have their fun with their own friends while you get to gloat about being the cool parents who like fun stuff like rock climbing. Try indoor rock climbing or one of your kids’ birthdays, as at a natural rock climbing spot it will be difficult to take care of too many kids.
Carry their favorite food
Kids get cranky when they get hungry and that’s the last thing you need when you are climbing. Carry their favorite snacks and they’ll be happy. After all, who doesn’t like crisps after a long climb?
Now go, have fun.