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NRG with a baby


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Avishai Benyamini · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

Hi all,

We will be arriving at the NRG this August with a baby girl (will be 7 months) and looking for both crags with easy access and a close accommodation if possible. Any thoughts?

We are 5.11-5.13 climbers.

Thanks in advance

Ryan McDermott · · Pittsburgh, PA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 70

We started going to the NRG with an 11-month-old last year (as well as five older kids). The shortest approaches tend to be trad areas--Junkyard and Bridge Buttress, which are near central campgrounds. The Meadow southside crags are a bit of a drive, on sometimes rough roads, but have great accessibility. Beauty Mtn is pretty chill. Somewhat longer but kid-friendly approaches are The Hole at Kaymoor, Summersville Lake, Lower Meadow, and the Sandstonia end of Bubba City. But with a baby, if you have a good child carrier, you can really go anywhere at that age. I'd recommend a pop-up tent for naps, and bring tent stakes to secure it near ledges, etc. 

Jaren Watson · · Boise, Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 1,205
Jordan Mitchell wrote:

Does anyone else scratch their heads seeing all these posts like this?

Maybe, but why? Seems reasonable to me to want to know ahead of time where to go climbing that's accessible with a young child.

Unless you're implying they shouldn't take their baby with them. If so, why shouldn't they?

Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 300
Jordan Mitchell wrote:

Does anyone else scratch their heads seeing all these posts like this?

Yes. Europeans will scratch their heads and say, "People limit their climbing in some way when they have children?" Americans will scratch their heads and say, "Wait, isn't it illegal to climb with children under the age of 40?"

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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