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General Climbing Discussion
|14yo boy to climb Everest
Took 4 yr 3month old Grandson to the Nunawading Hardrock Gym the other day (for his first time apart from some "dry runs" from a 3 metre garage girder) & he took off like a rocket on a random mixture of a 7/23/12 holds until he was runout @ the first layover = 6 metres up !
He has his own Petzyl harness complete with rat/cheese emblems, knows how to thread a Gri Gri/Fig 8 & clip in (ahead of being double checked of course) & steal chalk from his uncle's bag ! (A great time to learn eh ? :-)
On 10/12/2004 Breezy wrote:
>On 10/12/2004 Richard wrote:
>>Yeah, that girl sprung to mind. I'd like to know how a 14 year old boy
>>could decide on his own to climb everest .. sounds like a lot of parental
>>influnece to me....
>Not really ask any 14 year old who is active and fit if they wanna climb
>everest, sail round the world solo, etc and i reckon a lot more will say
>yes for personal reasons than parental influence.
>That said, i beleive most "would want to" do it in theory, get them on
>the mount and they probably would need large amounts of parental influence
>Most people on this forum would have been in a position to seriously shit
>themselves on a 10 - 100m route, hows a 14 year old gonna cope on a 8,000m
>route when the shit hits the fan or for that matter the frostbite hits
>his toes ?
I think Dad and/or probably the guide will be calling the shots somehow
Shouldn't be so hard on the kid. People don't realise the amazing things that kids do on skateboards, BMX's, skis etc at a really early age. If you ever cruise past the skate park take a moment to chekc out the half pipe. The stuff some these kids do is just amazing, very athletic, very talented and very dangerous.
Some of the younger generation are now getting into big wave riding which can be very dangerous but they are encouraged and supported by the older brigade.
Best of luck to him I say, although it makes me feel like an old, fat slob
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