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Climbing Season is Upon Us

Climbing Season is Upon Us

It’s been awhile since the last update but climbing weather is finally here in southern Germany.

I’ve got a Donautal trip planned for June 26th with a friend from the US. Not sure whether we’ll hit Schreyfels, Stuhfels or Aussichtsfels, or maybe two of them.

Here’s hoping for a few good outdoors trip soon with my meetup group!

5 Reasons Climbing is a Great Sport for Kids

5 Reasons Climbing is a Great Sport for Kids

We all love climbing for different reasons. Some enjoy being outside, some the challenge and others prefer more solitary sports vs. team ones. Whatever the reason, it’s a particularly great sport for children. Why?

1. It promotes individual accomplishment vs. relative win

Team sports are quite popular, especially in the United States. However, they are not for everyone and many children who prefer smaller groups get the impression they are “not good at sports” when the reality is, they haven’t found something that suits their personality. It took me over 30 years to realize this!

Climbing is an excellent all-round sport for those who prefer small groups and individual activity.

2. It’s a full body workout

Unlike sports which focus on the same muscle groups or the same movement over and over, climbing is very dynamic. While certain groups are used more than others, it requires a wide range of movement, general strength and stamina.

3. Kids are just natural monkeys (climbers) anyway!

We all know this intuitively. Children are just drawn to climbing on things from furniture to trees and rocks. In many ways, it’s a far more natural sport than things like football or baseball and only a small “leap” in terms of new activity. Also far less rules to remember!

4. Climbing helps you overcome fear and improve yourself

Unless you’re lucky enough to be born without fear of heights, climbing is a great method to overcome many fears at once. This includes not just heights, but self-doubt and fear of taking risks. Best of all, your accomplishment is 100% your own. Nobody else gets you up a route but you.

5. Climbing teaches trust

Growing up, learning to trust others can be difficult. When climbing, you must learn to intuitively judge whether you can trust others with your life. You can get injured in soccer, but if you’re belayer messed up, that may be it for you. Learning to climb involves learning good judgement regarding very serious choices.

For another take on reasons to go climbing, check out The Adventure Lab or Backwood’s Mama’s guide to climbing with kids.

Another Climbing Meetup at Klettergarten Stetten

Another Climbing Meetup at Klettergarten Stetten

My meetup group headed outdoors again, this time to Klettergarten Stetten since it’s near and low commitment. The weather was uncertain until the end but luckily it stayed dry. We climbed for about three hours and mostly had the place to ourselves. The fall weather was fantastic with a bit of sun and decent temps allowing us to shed our morning jackets.

We climbed and/or tried:

  • Rampe (3-)
  • Die Kante (6-)
  • Z-Riss (7+)
  • Linke Kante (6+)
  • Rieselriss (6-)