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Climbing with Kids is Great!

Posted Oct 11 2011 9:00am

 A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to observe Single Pitch Instructor Candidates work with three kids.  The kids were ages seven, nine and twelve, and were extremely excited about climbing.

Following is a photo essay of our day out
Ethan, working on his belay techniques.
Ethan, helping his little sister Ella, tie-in.
Ella, ready to make it happen!
Ella, cranking on low-fifth terrain.
Ella, on her way down.
Ethan, belaying his sister.
Single Pitch Instructor, Ryan, working with Ethan.
Ryan, working with Ethan on rappel.
Ethan, rapping.
Rebbeca, on rappel!
Twelve-year old Rebecca, cranking on 5.10c.
This was a very cool experience for the SPI Candidates to have. Many people who work in the single pitch discipline work with kids a great deal, so it was a grand experience for them to work with these awesome kids.

At the end of the day, the kids were happy and five new individuals had passed their AMGA Single Pitch Instructor exam .

--Jason D. Martin
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