Rock climbing offers kids a chance to build strength and self-esteem. Climbing combines teamwork with self-reliance and physical challenge with mental focus. With the right gear and places to learn, kids can climb safely and with confidence.
Climbing companies like Petzle and Black Diamond make harnesses for kids. Waist harnesses for older kids and full-body harnesses for the smallest climbers keep kids safe while roped up.
Climbing shoes have sticky rubber soles to help kids up the rock. Madrock, La Sportiva and Five Ten all make kids' climbing shoes.
Indoor climbing gyms offer kids climbing activities. Birthday parties and summer camps let kids have fun and gain climbing skills.
Kids can climb safely outdoors under the guidance of a professional rock guide or through camps that offer an outdoor climbing program. Instructors can be certified through a nationally recognized climbing organization, such as the American Mountain Guides Association.
Kids who want to commit to training can participate in climbing competitions. The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation sanctions climbing competitions around the world.
Article Written By Kathrine Cole
Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.