By Georgette Porter. Outdoor Gear. Published at Sunday, February 04th, 2018 - 16:30:12 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.
Go crazy with bushcraft, Bushcraft is a way to enjoy nature without feeling pressure that there is a \"right\" or a \"wrong\" way of doing it. While you may think bushcraft is only for the crazy survivalists it is a great way to teach your kids different ways to survive. Even though you are in your backyard you can give your kids the knowledge that they can do anything when they set their minds to it. I got some news for you. Kids go crazy over things like making fire with a fire plow or bow drill and creating a tinder bundle. Fire is essential for survival in the wilderness. Show them different ways to make a fire.
Of course, not every rock climber that has undergone indoor rock climbing training actually will graduate to climbing in the outdoors though it does nevertheless provide a good opportunity to them to learn as well as practice the various aspects of real outdoor rock climbing.
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