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12:28:16 PM
Hey I'm a climber parent with a couple of young kids. The eldest is just starting to enjoy 'wock kimbing' and loves going to the local bouldering gym. I really want to encourage them both to enjoy climbing like I do. I've built myself a 40 degree Moonboard which is great for me but won't be good for them until they are a good few years older. And even then, it'll only be good if they really get into climbing. I'm thinking of building an easier smaller wall on the deck - maybe 2.5m high 2.5m wide anywhere from vertical to 30 degees overhanging (or maybe even on a hinge!) Something that will be fun family time and where they can join in. What I fear is building it, then using it twice and never again. It'd be a pretty expensive and time consuming project to have go to waste.

What I want to know is have other climbing parents gone down this route? Is it worth it? Do you have any tips? Should I just buy a trampoline?
9:18:14 PM
Hi Olbert
My son built one on our house during lockdowns to keep sane. He's now at uni in Melb and wants to sell the whole thing. It's a hinge design 2.4x2.4m so not too hard to take off the wall. Located Central Vic. If you are interested PM me and I'll send photo's and see what he wants for it.
He was never supper keen on climbing when little dragged him out a few times but now he is really into it.
5:13:07 PM
I built a 25 degree moonboard but I added lots of extra space at 25 deg and vertical so my kids (3,5&7 y/o) could use it. They loved it for a few months of fun family time but now they hardly use it. I sometimes use the extra area for endurance laps but in hindsight I probably should have just stuck to the moonboard only, maybe with a few extra jugs added to make it usable for my older kids.
4:53:24 PM
Go the trampoline. It will get way more use.

I'd just take them to the gym/wall/local top roping crags whenever you get the chance. They will have more fun if you take some of their friends along.

My mates who have wives/husbands/partners who climb seem to get out climbing way more than me and they seem to be able to get their kids out more than I do.

Only other bit of advice would be to expose them to other types of outdoor activities as well. My two seem to like surfing, mountain biking and sailing more than climbing at the moment but as long as they are safe and having fun I'm cool with that.

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