Our kids have done a lot of climbing walls. However, Mum and Dad haven’t!
Real rock climbing is something we’ve always wanted to do, so we decided to tackle it as a family.
Watch the video below to see how we got on.
We had booked a family group session with mountaineering guide Graham Uney. This was a great way for us to do it as a family, and Graham provided great instruction to us all.
The kids started off on the ‘Easy‘ grade to find their legs. We then moved onto the ‘Difficult’ grade.
Then it was time for Shell and I to give it a go.
The hand holds were a little further apart, presenting more of a challenge for our younger climbers.
However, they tackled it with their usual fearless approach.
Surprisingly this climb felt easier than the less difficult one though abseiling down was a little harder.
The view from the top was stunning.
Is climbing for your family?
So would your family be up for a climbing activity like this?
Perhaps someone doesn’t have a great head for heights?
Well, it’s confession time: I don’t have a great head for heights either!
I have no problems being up a mountain, but looking straight down a drop, and some vertigo kicks in. I understand that’s a depth perception issue and not just a ‘fear of falling‘, which I think we all have! 😉
However, climbing didn’t present a problem and I really enjoyed it.
push yourself a little out of your comfort zone and give it a go
So, if you aren’t quite sure, I recommend you push yourself a little out of your comfort zone and give it a go.
It will be a real confidence boost to you and your kids.
Find a good local instructor, and book yourself in as a family group.
Useful Climbing Resources
If you want to learn more about getting your family climbing, click on the links below.
There’s also a few people we’ve been with that can recommend.
- Graham Uney was excellent, providing really good instruction to all ages.
- Earlier this year we went Ghyll Scrambling with Distant Horizons who also provide family Rock Climbing sessions. Again, they were excellent, with really good support for the kids.
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