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Mar 2, 2016
My wife and I have a three month old daughter. How are the approaches with a toddler sling for the creek?

Eman
Eman
Joined Oct 18, 2015
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Mar 2, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Some Like it Hot (5.12b). Devils Tower, WY
Most of the approaches are under 15 minutes, especially for the popular walls. They are usually an uphill slog, but the trails are well-constructed. You will have to watch your footing in spots, but you shouldn't have to do any 4th class. A general rule of thumb is that the further north you travel, the longer the approach, since the Wingate sandstone stays at the same height while the canyon floors drop down. Less popular cliffs will almost certainly have worse trails than popular ones.

My wife and I did a lot of hiking and climbing with our son in a sling when he was small enough. The biggest concern for us wasn't the length or quality of the approach trails, but the flatness/safety of the base of the cliff. We brought up a small child's car seat to the cliff that we could wedge just about anywhere for him to nap in, but preferred laying a blanket out for him to roll around and play on.

Here's a rundown of some of the popular walls:

Supercrack: Short approach. Flat base.
Battle of the Bulge: Short approach. Flat base
Scarface: Short approach. Sloping base with small ledges. Not so good
Cat Wall: Medium approach. Flat base.
Fin Wall: Short, steep approach. Steep base. Not so good
Broken Tooth: Short approach. Mixed base.
Optimator: Short approach. Good base where most routes are concentrated.
4X4: Longish approach. Steep base mostly. Not so good
Way Rambo: Long approach. Flat base
2nd Meat Wall: Long approach. Mixed base.
Reservoir Wall: Long approach. Steep base. Not so good.

Have fun. Its completely doable to climb in the Creek with a kid.
Sean Nelb
From Indian Creek
Joined Apr 27, 2007
417 points
Mar 2, 2016
Wow, great answer, thanks. Yes, I agree, the base is most important. We also have a small portable grib for her. (Lighter than she is)

Sounds like a week at the creek might finally happen.

Eman
Eman
Joined Oct 18, 2015
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Mar 2, 2016
What's todler? tim
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 6, 2006
60 points
Mar 2, 2016
For what it's worth, this tent is cheap and *super* light. Keeps the creepy crawlies and sun off. We used it with our youngest until she was 6-8 months old and simply wouldn't stay put.

After that it got more fun. The eldest kid watches her while I lead, then she'd go into a backpack carrier with a helmet on when it was time to top rope/clean. Emphasis on the helmet if they're anywhere near the climber.
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