Concessions for kids on an outdoor adventure trip

This past spring, my husband and I rented an RV for our two week climbing trip to California.  We aren’t usually the “RV type”, if there is such a thing.  Or, I should say… prior to kids we weren’t the RV type.  Our trip to Bishop and Yosemite this past spring may have given us a window into the RV life.  And it didn’t suck.   Yes, it’s a bit gas guzzling, and yes, it seems like a lazy way to go.  Say what you will, I consider it a win that we enjoyed a two week climbing trip on the road with two kids under 4 – and that we loved each other and our kids MORE after the trip.

Our children (15 months and 3 years old at the time) were great travelers.  They enjoyed the plane.  Once we had the RV in our possession, they loved the “cool factor” of living in our vehicle.

Pluses to traveling with kids in an RV:

  • We weren’t trying to find restrooms all over the desert.
  • We could roll out of our vehicle in the morning (in Bishop) and stagger to the rocks.
  • One of us could nap with the kids while the other bouldered within shouting distant.
  • We didn’t spend tons of money on restaurants,
  • We didn’t have to take two kids under 4 into a restaurant on a daily basis.

One other piece of technology that certainly made things easier. . .  The netbook that we brought with us.  It was loaded with kids movies and allowed us to post on our travel blog, check the weather, and entertain the kids at night and during travel.  While I would normally frown upon using such a crutch, this helped on the plane, on cold days, and in getting them settled down when in a one room RV for weeks.

While RV camping isn’t for every climbing trip, it was certainly a great way to travel on this vacation.

New River Gorge with Kids

New River Gorge Climbing Trip We finally made our way back to the New River Gorge in West Virginia for a weekend of climbing.  It has been years (pre kids) since we had been to this area as it seemed to be a bit less kid friendly than other areas that we had been to.  Our app was showing predictions of snow on Friday night - and it wasn't far off.  The drive took us eons, especially in the Appalachians with the travel trailer.  We … [Read More...]

Hiking in a Creek

Have you ever started out on a day hike with children only to have it turn into something completely different that what you planned?  Ha. Of course you have. Many of our adventures start out as one thing ("I want to climb X route" or "sleep at X campground". . . "I want to relax in a tube on the water", or "I want to sleep in the sand") and end up as something completely different ("The route had a group staked out on it for the day" or "I couldn't … [Read More...]

Climbing Gym Etiquette With Kids

Tips for taking kids to the climbing gym. There are few things more troublesome than going to a new place and not knowing the spoken and unspoken rules.  Add to the uncertainty the presence of children, and it can be quite intimidating to enter into unknown territory.   For those new to indoor climbing and/or new to indoor climbing with kids, here are a few tips for bringing your kids to the gym. Those that know me will laugh at the irony. . . My … [Read More...]

Stand Up Paddleboarding

The best rock climbing areas tend to be located in or near wilderness, national parks, mountains, and forests.  There are exceptions, of course!  Still, when we took a family trip to the jersey shore this summer, there was no rock to be found.  As usual, my husband and I sought out something both "active" and "family friendly" to try with the kids. Surfing, Kite Surfing, Kayaking Ryan has wanted to try surfing for years, but that's a solo endeavor, as … [Read More...]

The Mount Rushmore Dilemma

Visiting Mount Rushmore with Kids Our summer trip to Wyoming and South Dakota was amazing.  We combined climbing with family time, history, geography, science and more.  When we planned the trip, climbing was the main focus, but hitting some of the National Parks and National Monuments were also a must.  Mount Rushmore is one of those locations that combines both.  There are amazing climbing opportunities in the shadow of the National Monument.  There are … [Read More...]

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. theDaddy says:

    hi there,i've got a blog with a similiar topic as yours, its're planning a trip to bishop with our kids as well, i wonder if you could give me some more informaiton on how suitable it is to go there with little kids in spring? how about the snakes?cheers

  2. Our children (15 months and 3 years old at the time) were great travelers. They enjoyed the plane. Once we had the RV in our possession, they loved the "cool factor" of living in our vehicle. mens Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans

  3. Climbing Mom says:

    Sorry for the delay ( . . we were on our annual climbing trip/vacation! We didn't have trouble with the snakes (May of last 2010) but they are always a concern. We primarily just tried to "vet" any new areas, and scare anything out ourselves, before the kids got to digging/playing in an area. That being said, that was our primary concern as far as dangers and predators in the area. As for the weather – the spring was great. I definitely wouldn't do summer because of the heat/sun and the early spring is tough because of the night time temps and the mountain temps (we hit some cold days, even in late May). Hope that helps! We LOVED Bishops and it was probably one of our easiest "w/kids" climbing destinations thus far.