Mountain climbing can be a fun sport to do alone or with a buddy, but it is also a great family activity, as well. Mountain climbing activities have been known to build family bonds and even make a family stronger then ever!
Here are some tips if you want to get the whole family involved.
1. Invest in the proper equipment for each family member.
Don’t skimp on equipment. Make sure that every family member has the proper shoes, clothing and other gear. Also make certain that every family member has a helmet that fits properly and is also appropriate for mountain climbing. For children, periodically check to make sure that their helmets still fit properly. Don’t have a younger child use an older sibling’s hand-me-down helmet unless it is in good condition and it fits properly.
2. Stress safety
Before going on a climb, go over the safety rules and guidelines. Go over what to do in case of an emergency. If you are climbing with children, make certain that each child knows what to do in an emergency – including an emergency that means Mom or Dad is unconscious. Have older children and teens responsible for younger ones. Instill the importance of the younger children following the instructions of the adults.
3. Make it a positive experience for everyone in the family
When on a climb, involve all of the family members with duties and responsibilities, with plenty of praise for a job well done. Make sure that you notice any improvement in the efforts of the children and/or spouse and draw positive attention to it.
Mountain climbing is a wonderful outdoor activity, and it is a healthy one that can bring your family closer together. Fresh air, exercise, and a positive environment that encourages learning new skills and helping other family members will make this an enjoyable pastime for the entire family for many years.