As the summer comes to an end, I’m jamming my last week with my little one full of outdoor adventures and trips to all our local climbing gyms.
Clementine has seemed to become more and more attached to her climbing gear over the summer. I decided I would try, yet again to get her on the wall and actually up it haha. She is a big seven year old now and apparently the year difference from six has given her loads of….ego? No, really she radiates confidence. She comes in the gym walking the walk and talking the talk. Even trying her hand at a 5.11 route which I had no problem letting her learn her limits on.
At the beginning of this week I took my niece along with us to a local Houston gym and she went right to the bouldering area and flew up the wall. This is when I saw Clementine hungry for more. She had never bouldered before but decided on her own to ask my niece how she put her foot on a hold and how to move to another. Young dihedrals in the making!!!
For me it’s so mind blowing to watch the little ones just jump on the wall and kill it. Not knowing what beta is but taking your word for it and committing to it. Matching feet without even knowing it and moving from one hold to the other like butter.
Oh to be young again.
Maybe it is because as an older climber I have fears of moves or lack the confidence to try and commit to a move. Could it be I’m more afraid of failure at twenty five than I was at seven? Watching them makes me want to be the climbers they are. Climbing for fun and no other reason.
As always thank you for reading!!