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yogybaer


Jul 22, 2013, 11:16 AM
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My wife and I both love sports climbing. We recently moved to the USA for 1.5 years, leaving behind our home which is 30 minutes away from the Frankenjura.

Sadly, our new home "Central Florida" has neither Alps nor anything which one could call a Rock at all. But well, that's why plastic was invented Tongue.

Therefore we are really psyched about our forthcoming 2-weeks-roadtrip to the above mentioned states in the second half of September.

Currently, I identified the following climbing areas as being good:
- WY-Veedauwoo (it is Trad, but near to a friends place)
- WY-Wild Iris (if still warm enough)
- WY-Ten Sleep (if still warm enough)
- UT-Big Cottonwood
- UT-American Fork
- UT-Maple Canyon
Then, our plan is to go back to Denver via Moab.

What I want to ask you guys out here is:
1) Which of these areas are good for climbing with children (3 & 5 years old)
2) What other areas can you recommend (5.10 & 5.11 is our range)?

Thanks in advance!


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ShockSLL


Jul 22, 2013, 11:53 AM
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My wife and I took our 2 year old with us to Ten Sleep, WY and it was fantastic. We loved the place and the trail and base were so easy he did most of the hiking himself. You can read more about it here: http://cragmama.com/...08/ten-sleep-canyon/

We've also been to Maple Canyon (pre-kids) and from what I remember it is very kid friendly. The only thing to really look out for there was to make sure you climb routes that are well travelled because there is a tendency for loose rocks. The trip report is here: http://cragmama.com/...nd-closing-thoughts/

Good luck!


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yogybaer


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Steve, thanks for your answer! Keep up the spirit! Last year (sons being 2 & 4) we were sport climbing in Germany "alone" two times and this year we were able to enjoy it in Foster Falls and Sandrock... but surely it is better for everybody to go together with friends who are in a similar situation.

So, Maple is fixed on our plan. If the weather fits, we might give Ten Sleep a try. It is pretty near to our "if-the-weather-fits"-route to Yellowstone.

@ All: What about the other areas I mentioned or propose any other?


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Jul 24, 2013, 7:28 AM
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yogybaer wrote:
My wife and I both love sports climbing. We recently moved to the USA for 1.5 years, leaving behind our home which is 30 minutes away from the Frankenjura.

Sadly, our new home "Central Florida" has neither Alps nor anything which one could call a Rock at all. But well, that's why plastic was invented Tongue.

Therefore we are really psyched about our forthcoming 2-weeks-roadtrip to the above mentioned states in the second half of September.

Currently, I identified the following climbing areas as being good:
- WY-Veedauwoo (it is Trad, but near to a friends place)
- WY-Wild Iris (if still warm enough)
- UT-American Fork
- UT-Maple Canyon
- UT-Indian Creek
Then, our plan is to go back to Denver from Moab.

What I want to ask you guys out here is:
1) Which of these areas are good for climbing with children (3 & 5 years old)
2) What other areas can you recommend (5.10 & 5.11 is our range)?

Thanks in advance!

Okay, Of your list of places to go, Maple Canyon is probably the most kid friendly, American Fork has some fairly kid friendly areas as well, and Wild Iris is certainly a kid friendly area (plus the rock will remind you a lot of the frankenjura).

Indian Creek isn't what I'd consider a kid friendly area, it's not horrible, but it's certainly not the most kid friendly either.

As far as other areas to consider, City of Rocks in Idaho would certainly be at the top of my list for kid friendly sport climbing areas (with plenty of trad as well if your interested in that). The City is about 3 hours north of American Fork, so it's not that far out of your way. Also, you might want to check out Big Cottonwood Canyon as well.

Have fun and be safe.


yogybaer


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Kennoyce, thanks!

Is there any area around Moab with kids-friendly sports climbing ?

Currently our lists looks like this:
- WY-Veedauwoo (it is Trad, but near to a friends place)
- WY-Wild Iris or Ten Sleep (if still warm enough)
Stay in Yellowstone
- ID - City of Rocks
- UT-American Fork
- UT-Maple Canyon
Stay in Moab
- UT-Moab

This is too much for two weeks, but we still have time to focus it down.


MorroneRobert


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Shock as you told there is a tendency for loose rock so can you give me any tips that how to travel to prevent this as very soon I am going with my wife and children to this place for sport climbing and so I need your guidance my friend.Do reply.
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ShockSLL


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I assume you are talking about Maple. The best thing to do is look up the popular routes on mtn project and use that as a guide to get on more traveled routes. Also, if you walk up to a route and there isn't any chalk on it, then I might would pass. From what I remember from most of maple was there is plenty of space to setup a kid nearby without having them being close enough to the route where potential rockfall can be a concern. Use common sense and plan accordingly and you should be fine. Also, belayer and climber should wear helmets and probably the kids as well.


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