Trying Rock Climbing as a Family

October 3, 2016

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.

Bring it on
Our youngest, who is now just seven, had never climbed before. The rock face looked a little daunting, but it didn’t put him off, volunteering to go first.

The kids started off on the ‘Easy‘ grade to find their legs. We then moved onto the ‘Difficult’ grade.

Often kids find things easier than adults
Again, the kids tackled it with no problem at all.

Then it was time for Shell and I to give it a go.

Mum climbing
Having never climbed properly before, we approached the cliff face ready for the challenge of the ‘Difficult‘ grade.

Mum made it to the top
The climb wasn’t too difficult but we didn’t find it as easy as the kids did!

Kids are fearless
The final climb of the day was was graded ‘Very Difficult‘ and involved navigating up a chimney.

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.

Sending kids up the chimney
After sending the kids up the chimney it was our turn again.

Surprisingly this climb felt easier than the less difficult one though abseiling down was a little harder.

A nice day at the office
Before finishing off for the afternoon at the crag, we climbed to the top for a spot of abseiling.

The view from the top was stunning.

Abseiling down the cliff
Only one of us had abseiled before, but we soon all got the hang of it.

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! 😉

push yourself a little out of your comfort zone and give it a go

However, climbing didn’t present a problem and I really enjoyed it.

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.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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