You took your 13 year old daughter up El Capitan’s tangerine trip. What advice would you give to someone climbing with children?
I’d say that you need to make it fun, like a game, and to have plenty of rests, plenty of sweets for bribes, and plenty of patience! I often forget that kids don’t go as fast as grown ups, so end up dragging them into epics. I did a trip in Norway this winter, up where the Telemark heroes operated. The plan was to do a long ski trek, pulling pulks and living in tents. I had this huge route planned, which was actually a route I’d done in two days a few years before. Unfortunately I didn’t factor in that a: they were kids, b: the weather (which was terrible, with the tents getting almost totally buried on the 2nd night, or c: the kids had never skied before! In the end it took us 4 days to do what I thought would be day 1. Nevertheless it was a great trip and very memorable!