Like most rock climbing or bouldering families, there was probably a time in your life that you spent countless hours hanging from a rope or sending your next project. So why does that suddenly change or stop when we have kids? All too often, parents are reluctant to pick up or start the sports they once loved, out of fear of the unknown, complexity in just making it happen, or lack of sleep (all parents can relate here).
Well, as a mother of two and family of 6 (that includes 2 bat S*#@ crazy dogs), I’m here to share some tips/tricks in how we continued to boulder with our kids since a very young age. I’m not saying it’s easy, but with a few ‘FUNDAMENTALS’, you will ‘ROCK IT’ once again.
What is BOULDERING?
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where enthusiasts scale small to mid-size rocks ranging in size from a few feet to 10-15 in height. Getting from the ground to the top are considered ‘lines’ or ‘problems’. Problems can range in difficulty from ‘scale in sneakers’ to ‘super darn hard’. Whatever the difficulty you are comfortable with, boulder within you limits, set those for your kids and know the basics before you step a foot off the dirt! That’s my rock-climbing disclaimer for the day.
The benefits of bouldering with kids
Like any sport you were introduced to as kid, they set a foundation of commitment, clarity, focus, and health orientated fitness. Getting your kids to step outside, interact with nature, learn something about their abilities and limits; sets a foundation of mental strength that caries them well into adult hood. I can remember countless lessons learned about life, from clearing all distractions, focusing on the boulder problem at hand and applying every ounce of myself to be present in that exact moment. Take your kids bouldering and you’ll be surprised by the exploration and personal level of confidence that follows.
5 STEP GUIDE - Getting started:
Step 1 – Ensure you know the fundamentals
Step 2 – Put together a game plan
Step 3 – Gearing up
Step 4 – Focusing on FUN
Step 5 – Foster the vision & let them create
Bouldering with kids is a sport, hobby, passion, and memory that you will carry for a lifetime. Lessons learned sitting on a crash pad, to stories told wandering through the forest, adds so much richness and laughter to one’s life. It’s about exploration, adventure and connection. It’s more than just bouldering. It’s a way of life | a way to be present | a way to connect.
So, get out there and start exploring. IT’S NEVER TO LATE!
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