News - Part 2

Altitude Sickness and Kids

At this time of the year, families across the country (and world) are taking vacations. They head to the beach, the mountains, to the lakes & the deserts.  In the United States in particular, many east coasters head west to see our National Parks, our majestic mountain ranges, and our still-wild frontier.  The effects of…

Gunks Bouldering Trip Report:...

This past weekend we took Dave’s advice and braved the rainy forecast for a belated Mother’s Day trip to the Gunks.  The trip was a lesson to us with regard to future trip planning.  Some of the lessons were logistical and others were things we KNOW but don’t always follow.  Here’s the trip report with…

No risk, no reward....

What is “appropriate” risk? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately as I read other blog posts about risk taking for the adventurous adult (example, Amy Christensen’s Expand Outdoors).  Adults in general, and parents specifically, are constantly evaluating risk as it relates to themselves and their children.  Getting in a car, going to an…

Gear Review – practical...

So now that you’re convinced that your kids should have their very own chalk bags (or not), where can you find kids sized chalk bags? Well, practical climbing recently sent us a few of theirs to test with the kids (gear review disclaimer).  Here are our initial thoughts.  Note: durability testing will continue as we use the chalk…

When can kids start...

Winter means hitting the climbing gym.  For us, that’s PRG, Valley.  We are lucky enough to have the ability to take our two year old and almost-four year old to the gym (PRG is quite open to kids of all ages being on the gym floor).   Check with your gym on age limits, and when…

New River Gorge with...

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….

Wednesday

Again rain.  We decided to stay in the Bass Lake area and have a lazy day not climbing or hiking.  After a morning of debating what not to do, we decided to call the local scenic railroad we pass everyday on our way into the Valley.  I called the Sugar Pine Railroad at 10:30 AM and we…

Thursday – The Best...

Laura, against my will, hired a climbing guide for me.  Which was extremely generous and earned her the title – Best Wife Ever.  While I had a very fun climb on the Cathedral Wall, The Kor Lieback 5.9, in the rain, wind and hail, Laura had to deal with 2 toddlers by herself in the…

Bouldering in Camp 4

Today we again made the trek into the Valley.  It is about an hour ride over two mountain passes on the windiest roads I have ever driven.  Mom, I don’t think you will ever make it to Yosemite Valley, when Laura drove yesterday I was starting to feel woozy and I never get motion sickness.  Luckily, the kids…