What is Rock Climbing?
climbing is the act of climbing up or across rock formations ranging
from 30 to 3000 feet high or on man-made rock walls. This sport
provides both physical and mental challenges.
It is a terrific sport that offers kids a chance to build
strength, confidence, and self-esteem while exercising.
Introduction to Rock Climbing
rock climbing gyms
given children the opportunity to experience this sport in a controlled
climbing environment. They are supervised by skilled professionals
they can learn and experience how to rock climb safely, and not have to
contend with factors like weather.
birthday party, after school program or summer camp where
your child will have fun while gaining skills.
Rock Climbing Lessons
child shows interest in rock climbing then you should consider beginner
rock climbing lessons at an indoor gym or through
a professional outdoor
at major climbing areas. Many
gyms offer group,
semi-private and private lessons as well
as day camps, week camps and youth expeditions.
Check to make sure the school is reputable and that the instructors are certified through a
nationally recognized climbing organization. It is important to
ask them what your child will be qualified to do after one of
teach basic rock climbing safety skills such as putting on and tying
into a harness, belaying and safety commands. Climbing techniques,
rappelling, and anchor building are some others areas of instruction.
For those who have
children that are really committed to rock climbing you should consider
having them participate on a kid's rock climbing team. This will give
them ongoing instruction from professionals in a safe setting. These
teams can be found in indoor climbing gyms as well. Many will have the
option to join a competitive team or a recreational team.
Some secondary schools
and a lot of colleges now have climbing walls and will offer a rock climbing club. My kids
school has a rock climbing wall and they have a section on rock climbing
in their Physical Education class that is a huge hit with the kids .
Cost and Age Restrictions
age restrictions for rock climbing vary based on location. Some
programs are available for children as young as 3 years old but the
majority begin at the age of
You want to make sure your child is mature enough to understand and follow the
rules required for rock climbing.
will vary based on location and the type of program or instruction
selected. Introductory lessons will cost approximately $150 for an
8 week session at 1.5 hours per week. The cost of summer camps can range
from $200 to $750 depending on the time span, and location.
On-site camps will normally offer a half day or full day option.
Most adventure camps can range from 1 week to 1 month and will be
off-site. You can always go with the pay-per-climb option until you feel
your child is ready for serious lessons. This will cost
approximately $50 for 10 climbs.