Buttermilks Climbing

Our last two days in Bishop were spent at the Buttermilks climbing area.  We parked the RV right next to the climbing for 3 days, so Laura and I were able to climb with short approaches while C and R tagged along.  R showed some interest in climbing, which was nice, but mostly played in the dirt.  While we climbed, R and C played in the dirt with their beach toys trying to bury each other.  It was difficult to watch because i knew they both had to get a shower before dinner and they HATE showers.  So i did what every parent would do; i bribed them with Oreos and a movie.  We didn’t get pictures of the really dirty days, R literally was rolling in dirt trying to bury himself.  One morning we caught them pouring dirt onto their heads.  Yeah, in their hair.  
The climbing was good and by the last day my finger tips were raw and sore.  My main goal was to send the famous Iromman Traverse.  On Monday i tried it alone and was unable to link the moves, but later on Wednesday, with our inspirational German climber/RV neighbor/fellow dad, I was able to link all the traverse moves and fell throwing for the finish hold.  
i wish we had more pictures of ourselves climbing, but while one climbs the other watches the kids or spots the climber.  So i posted more pictures of dirty kids then us climbing.  

This was taken about 5 minutes after getting out of the RV for the first time.
While we climbed R covered himself in dirt and sand.

This is right before the dirt in the hair incident, as you can see C is pouring dirt down her shirt.

Ryder did find “Ryder boulders” to climb.  He even used the his new crash pad.
R trying to carry his new crashpad for our morning session.
Laura sending the classic King Tut (V3)

New River Gorge with Kids

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Hiking in a Creek

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Climbing Gym Etiquette With Kids

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

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The Mount Rushmore Dilemma

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.


  1. great pics!! boulders look great, good job Laura! your spotter (Cala) was a bit distracted but i guess she knew you were going to make it ajjakeep posting and good luck with the rest of the trip!