Why Climbing is the Perfect Activity for Your Kids
As you probably know children have an abundance of energy. When they are having fun they can go all out. Why not take that energy and direct it to both fun and exercise. Rock Rental, LLC provides the fun tool, the mobile rock climbing wall, to accomplish exercise and fun.
Climbing teaches the participant skills like applying the combination of quick decision making with timely physical movements.
Ascending a climbing route for the little ones requires new found confidence and the application of constant decision making so hopefully, they can get to the top of the rock wall. Quickly they have to decide where to go and how best to get there. Over and over again. Learning to solve problems, thinking for themselves and making smart decisions are taught skill sets desperately lacking in today’s educational environment. At school, the focus is on memorizing and reciting for testing purposes.
Hanging from the wall is a constant real-life, real-time lesson in thinking for themselves, reacting quickly and learning immediately the consequences of their decisions. Climbing creates an adrenaline rush, where instant feedback is given for every decision or indecision they make on the wall.
It creates confidence and the ability to adapt and overcome difficult circumstances.
Overcoming fear is a life skill integral to success. Whether it’s fear of the unknown, fear of getting started or fear of failure, all successful adults learn as kids that you must be courageous, bold and daring to make something of yourself in this world. Kids should leave their comfort zones and confront their fears while building a mindset of, “I can do this”. Ascending the wall and rising above the ground is a great reward for taking a chance, overcoming nerves, and escaping the dreaded “comfort zone”.
Rock climbing promotes healthy life choices.
Ever seen an obese rock climber? Ever encountered a two-pack-a-day smoker at the climbing wall? Well, it is not a common sight. Rock climbing loves agility, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. It hates obesity, laziness and, weakness. Climbers are typically healthy eaters and cross-train in all sorts of other activities—from cycling and yoga to dancing and surfing. To be a successful climber, you’ve got to eat well, drink lots of fresh water and build a long, lean muscular body. Being fit and strong goes a long way to be able to climb a rock wall. Getting your kids climbing will give them a reason to trade sugary soda drinks for fresh water and the cell phone game for a strenuous walk through the country. Parents must realize and promote the importance of healthy activities and the rock wall is one great choice the kids will love!
Rock climbing is an adventure sport that can be learned at relative low risk in highly controlled environments.
For better or worse, climbing has a reputation as an extreme sport. While that’s certainly true of the sport’s elite professionals, most climbing is as safe as jogging a lap around the track. Beginner climbers learn on a top rope (the rope is run through an anchor above the route of ascent). Falling on a top rope has basically zero consequences when using the correct anchors and belaying techniques; the length of the fall is roughly equal to the dynamic give of the rope and the climber’s weight—or, practically speaking, a few millimeters. Biking, football, roller skating, surfing, etc. are all far more dangerous than rock climbing. In my younger years, I had fun in all those sports, and climbing has always been the easiest to teach and fast to learn. This makes climbing truly unique in the adventure sports world—you can learn the ropes (pun intended) without risking major injury.
It teaches discipline and focus.
Climbing is an excellent way to impart the basics of discipline because it requires focus and discipline to succeed. There’s no multitasking or messing around when you’re climbing a vertical rock face. Your kids will quickly learn that climbing takes their full undivided attention. No matter what’s going on around them, astute focus on the task at hand and the discipline to see it through is thrust on them from the very moment they plant their first foothold. Those that lack the ability to pay attention will learn that it can be overcome when they find themselves hanging 10 feet off the ground and gravity in full force.
And it teaches lifelong outdoor skills like knot tying, route finding, coiling ropes, rappelling, etc.
Rock climbing’s hard skills are applicable across the spectrum of outdoor sports. Knot tying, along with analysis of terrain and weather, lays the foundation of an outdoor education. Learning to read vertical rock makes basic route finding all the easier. Anchor building and rappelling are critical rescue skills. Your kids may gravitate to back-packing, skiing or sailing in their later years, but when their skill set begins with rock climbing it’ll remain with them for a lifetime.
Introducing the child’s birthday party or classroom of children to a mobile rock climbing wall in the afternoon can be had at a bargain price. Our portable rock walls average $200 per hour with a two-hour minimum. We bring the party (rock wall) to you. We are fully insured and provide a professional staff member. One of the comments we hear often is from the parents. They realize that their kids break through their fear of heights. It may take an hour or two but eventually, the kids ascend the wall and some make it to the top. This experience is a first for many and for some is a lifelong memory.
Climbing provides a healthy dose of humility.
Yes, I like probably you, shower my children with love, attention and positive reinforcement. However, it’s critical to their character development that occasionally they fall on their butt. So much of climbing is falling, failing and learning to persevere. It’s important to show your kids how powerful Mother Nature can be. That summiting even a short 20-foot rock outcropping can take every ounce of mental and physical ability they have—and that at some point in life we’ll all be humbled before Her power. But learning to persevere in the face of failure is a life lesson that will pay for itself over and over again, long past the day your kids start having kids.
The bottom line: Climbing is “super fun.”
To wrap it up, I conducted exhaustive research straight from many that have climbed our rock walls. I hear over and over when asked, “what do you like about climbing”. The common answer summed up is, “It’s scary yet super fun! ” This response always makes my day.
So there you have it. You may not care about the healthy lifestyle climbing promotes or all the intangibles your kids will learn from it, but you can’t deny that being a kid ought to be fun, and climbing is super fun. So seize the day before it is too late and go have a good time with your child (while they are still young enough to want to have fun with you). You will regret if you don’t!
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