Parents: find a leader for an activity below. You can also find and reach out to a Rock Climbing Leader and let the leader recommend activities to do.

Bouldering

Bouldering involves short, challenging routes. Practice in a gym or outside. Easy to learn- a lifetime to master!

Activity Details

This is a high risk activity and should be performed and supervised by an experienced instructor.

Instructions

Beginner through advanced climbers welcome!

Routes are short enough that a rope & harness isn't necessary, but what it lacks in length, bouldering makes up for in challenging moves. Bouldering is a fun activity that teaches patience and persistence, and makes celebrating your "send" so much more rewarding when you finally reach the top!!!

Equipment
  • Gyms should have all the equipment you need available for rent:
  • Climbing shoes
  • (Optional) chalkbag
  • For outdoor bouldering:
  • climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Crash pad
  • 1st Aid kit
  • Cell phone

Leader Prep: Ask the parent about the child's climbing experience (if any) and what is their current skill level so you can plan appropriate routes. Discuss with parent whether you intend to take their child to a local gym or use outdoor bouldering sites. Whatever site you choose, spend a minimum of 1 hour learning the site & which routes will be appropriate for the child's skill level.

Parent Prep: If you are expecting the leader to use a local climbing gym, be prepared to pay gym entry fees plus any rental equipment (shoes, optional chalk). If you are expecting the leader to use outdoor sites, ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one.

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Top Rope

Climbers wear a harness attached to a rope which passes through an anchor at the topmost point of the route (top rope). Practice in a gym or outside. Perfect activity for kids of all ages!

Activity Details

This is a high risk activity and should be performed and supervised by an experienced instructor. Leaders must be certified in belay for both outdoor & gym applications. For outdoor climbing, leaders must also be certified in setting protection (not necessary for climbing gyms).

Instructions

Let's face it, kids love to climb- furniture, trees, risky attempts to scale who-knows-what? You've seen it all and so have we. Let your children do what they naturally love in a safe environment with a skilled instructor. All abilities are welcome and will receive personal tips and coaching for improving their climbing technique. Children who demonstrate the capacity to understand more technical skills will learn how to tie the various climbing knots and will learn how to belay.

Equipment
  • Most gyms will have equipment available for rent:
  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • (Optional) chalk bag
  • For outdoor climbing, bring all items above plus:
  • Helmet
  • Rope
  • Webbing
  • Caribiners
  • 1st Aid kit
  • Cell phone

Leader Prep: Ask the parent about the child's climbing experience (if any) and what is their current skill level so you can plan appropriate routes. Spend at least 1 hour of prep at the gym or outdoor site learning which routes are appropriate for the child. All gyms will require leaders to pass a belay demo test, usually 5-10 min.

Parent Prep: If you are expecting the leader to use a local climbing gym, be prepared to pay gym entry fees plus any rental equipment (shoes, harness, optional chalk). If you are expecting the leader to use outdoor sites, ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one. Please note that the amount of equipment required for outdoor top rope is extensive & expensive, so leaders may or may not have all of the equipment to lead outdoor excursions. Ask them what which equipment they can provide, and what they expect you to provide.

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