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miles1776


Feb 15, 2012, 3:01 AM
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I have a good story about how people can overreact to things. I took my son of 4 to RRG for a weekend and we were doing some easy climbing and rapping. I put him in a full bod harness and anchored him to a tree with about 30 ft of rope. He could just get to the edge to watch. I got a phone call from his mother's attorney a couple days later (we're divorced) telling me they were taking me to court to get supervised visitation. Seems he told her I tied him to a tree but left out the rope and harness part. I tried to explain it to her but she was convinced that I tied him to a tree while I climbed. fortunately the judge was more intelligent and the pictures I had helped.


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HAHA - but you did, in actuality, tie him to a tree. So you could go climbing without worry of his wandering off...


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miles1776 wrote:
I have a good story about how people can overreact to things. I took my son of 4 to RRG for a weekend and we were doing some easy climbing and rapping. I put him in a full bod harness and anchored him to a tree with about 30 ft of rope. He could just get to the edge to watch. I got a phone call from his mother's attorney a couple days later (we're divorced) telling me they were taking me to court to get supervised visitation. Seems he told her I tied him to a tree but left out the rope and harness part. I tried to explain it to her but she was convinced that I tied him to a tree while I climbed. fortunately the judge was more intelligent and the pictures I had helped.

Personally, I would not be OK with my husband tying my son to a tree--full body harness or not--and climbing. Don't get me wrong. I've been tempted to do something like that. But in the end, I seem to be comfortable only if there is an extra person to watch my son.


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See you make it sound like it's a horrible thing. He was not "TIED" to a tree. He was anchored to a tree a few feet away from me. There was no way he could go anywhere and get hurt. He was more intent on stacking up small rocks than getting in trouble. So I guess if people are that uptight then they should keep their kid at home in the play-pen. My kid is now 16 years old and a safe climber. Both of my boys saftey has always been the most important thing. There is a line between kids experiencing life and being sheltered.


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There is also:
http://cragmama.com/photo-gallery/

They call "cragbaby" C. Because he is now learning to talk, and still attracted to shiny things, when he was going through her gear recently, she was coaching "Can you say 'number one, red? Can you say 'number two, blue?'" [or whatever the code is for her gear]

The youngest put on a wall, that I know, was 3 1/2:
http://climbpilotnc.us/...ks%20childC%20sm.jpg

Children five are not unique, and a few are way past playing at it or being hauled up:
http://climbpilotnc.us/...%20climbC3c%20sm.jpg

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