Youth Climbing or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Kids’ AdventureAdventures in Climbing and Parenthood
“By himself?” –Someone I just met.
Every two weeks or so, I find myself saying, “Yeah, alone” to someone I just met, and though the story that leads us to that point in the conversation has nothing to do with climbing, it really has everything to do with climbing.
Two of my kids, Liz (22) and Sam (19), are graduates of the Linworth Alternative Program in Worthington, OH. Linworth is a Progressive High School that emphasizes individualized education and personal growth. The culmination of a Linworth education is “Walkabout”, when high school seniors spend their entire second semester engaging in experiential learning projects.
In Freaky Friday, each day that the mother, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, dropped her daughter off at high school, she chided her to “make good decisions.” No parent of teens was surprised that the advice was met with an
When he was 16, Sam took his girlfriend climbing. Part way up their goal climb (a 600’ face in North Carolina), he decided to turn around when he grew uneasy with the climbing and his own abilities. In front of his girlfriend. At 16. Who does that? Someone who understands risk management. Someone who has had to evaluate life-critical decisions from a young age. Someone who makes good decisions.
Watching Sam grow up climbing gave us a unique view into his maturity. We taught him how to make life-critical decisions. We then watched him make those sorts of
During that nine weeks, Sam skied, hiked,
Matt Roberts is a partner at 5.Life and founder of The Kernmantle Group, an economics research