We didn’t have the purest of reasons for starting our daughter climbing:
- Living with her was “rather unpleasant” when she didn’t exercise
- The classes lasted 90 minutes
- We didn’t have to stay in the building
There have been some favorable unintended consequences and all our kids will climb.
Upper body strength – Girls that do an upper body sport early get a lifelong athletic advantage in most areas. Climbing fits nicely into our swim family.
Clarity of thought – one of the few healthy ways I could clear my mind prior to my 40s was via exercise. The clarity that arrived through my climbing was addicting. I was fortunate to change sport before serious injury. An old guide introduced me to the progression of a world-class mountaineer (Good, Great, Dead).
But the best part was my daughter’s reaction after the climb in the video.
We were watching the video together. The boy that you can see in the foreground tried to follow the route. He came off on the overhang. Two of his buddies gave it a shot and they both came off.
She smiled, gave me a hug and said, “Look Daddy, the big boy’s can’t do it.”
A useful lesson for daughters, and sons.