By Kathleen Fields. Outdoor Gear. Published at Sunday, May 06th, 2018 - 16:46:15 PM.
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.
Besides climbing shoes, you will also need to use other mountain climbing gear such as gloves, ropes, harnesses, belay devices, racks, karabiners, helmets as well as axes, ATC and headlamps as well as many more items which you will probably choose according to your needs. Obviously, you will also want to include food and water as well as sunglasses, sun block, first aid kit and camera, and tent and cookware. Among the special items of training equipment you need to have are grip savers, campus boards, fingerboards and even a knife.
Pulling into New Paltz was exciting. A quick stop at the climbing shop was like visiting an old friend. When we arrived at the trailhead, it was early afternoona far cry from the alpine starts we aimed for in the past, though seldom achieved. My husband and I, back again at our favorite cliff, now with our son, were ready to embark on our adventure. Wed given a lot of thought to how to give Mason a sense of ownership and accomplishment in our day and the first thing we did was have him pack his own pack. We let him choose a few things he wanted to carry and included a piece of group gear so that he could contribute.
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