Kid Friendly at Governor Stable, PA

Photo from GS Website.

(Saturday March 19) is one of a limited number of “open climb” days at Governor Stable – a local bouldering area in the shadows of TMI (Three Mile Island) in Northwest Lancaster County Pennsylvania.  The area, like many of PA’s best climbing, has experienced access issues over the years.  In recent months, the group “Friends of Governor Stable” has succeeded in negotiating access for members of the organization.  The GS area has a high concentration of boulders in a wide range of ability levels from VO to V10 with more than 30 unsent projects of various presumed grades.

In a recent addition to their website, the Friends of Governor Stable have addressed a question I asked when purchasing my charter membership.  What are the membership requirements for children visiting the area with their parents?  The answer was a generous one…children ages 12 and up must have a membership (and/or pay to climb on an open climb day) and be accompanied by a membership carrying adult.  Children under 12 climb free but are required to have a parent-signed-waiver. This means that we can take the kids without incurring additional charges (yay!).  Access to the boulders is only minutes from the parking area and the area itself is primarily flat and safe for children to play.  The primary safety concerns for both children and adults are twofold. . . the abundance of ticks, and the presence of potentially poisonous plants (poison Ivy, poison Oak, and Witch Hazel).  Neither of these are deterents, merely do they require some vigilance to avoid.

So we are off to climb at GS tomorrow with both kids in tow. We look forward to climbing – it is a members only access day (no open climb tomorrow which means fewer people for the kids to bother) and a great number of problems to send!  I appreciate the efforts of those who have established access to the area and look forward to their upcoming competition on April 9th. Register here for the comp.

What other membership policies have you run into in your experiences in climbing with children?  I’d love to hear of other policies and restrictions and their relative flexibility and/or fairness. . .

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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.