By Maryanne Ellison. Outdoor Gear. Published at Friday, May 04th, 2018 - 13:48:39 PM.
There is a moment at the start of any climb when the mood shifts. The drive and the hike in can be casual and chatty, but then comes the time to get on the rock, and the climbing begins. We arranged the gear and my husband, David, started up the cliff to set the belay. After he reached the top and set the anchor, I clipped the rope to Masons harness, tied myself in a few feet below him, and we headed up. With my husbands belay carefully set within eyesight up the cliff and me a few feet below him, Mason started up. He hesitated, a little scared, and balked. For a moment, I wondered whether Masonmy shy and cautious little boywould have the courage to continue. But with some encouragement, he pushed through his fear and made his first move. Then anotherand anothergrowing more confident as he learned to scan the rock and find the best hand and footholds. Before I knew it, we were halfway up the cliff and I was hurrying to keep up with him. By the time he got to the crux move (the hardest move on the route), he had a smile on his face. We made the belay with hugs and delight. Mason couldnt have been happier. At the top of the cliff, we settled in to enjoy a picnic at the top of the world. It was a brilliant moment and the proud, ear-to-ear smile on my quiet boys face was unforgettable.
So, one bright sunny day in early Autumn, we rented a car, dragged the gear out of the closet, packed the pack and, after a quick stop at Zabars to grab some supplies for lunch, headed upstate to the Shawangunk Mountains, known as \"the Gunks.\" Our first pre-climb drive with our son was fun, but noticeably different from the pre-climb drives my husband and I had taken before. Instead of talking about routes to consider and plans for getting in as much climbing as possible, we did sing-a-longs and talked about the various trucks we passed on the highway.
Risks that Need to be Considered, To be sure, there are many risks closely associated with mountain climbing including the terrain and the weather conditions and a few other conditions as well. Thus, to ensure that you are able to enjoy safe mountain climbing, you must ensure that you use the proper mountain climbing gear including proper pair of climbing shoes. Fortunately, manufacturers of mountain climbing gear have succeeded in providing climbers with the best equipment and so, you can be sure that whatever gear you buy it will be strong and durable as well as light in weight - and also very safe.
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