Today was one of Monkeys firsts- her first taste of rock climbing! A couple of miles from where we live is Almscliffe Crag. It’s basically several lumps of rock on a hill which overlooks Wharfedale, Leeds and Harrogate and on a clear day you can see for miles from the top.
She love scrambling around at home and has started climbing on top of tables and chairs, so we hoped she was going to be keen to put these skills to good use.
As we walked up to the crag we could see a couple of people bouldering and she took a keen interest and what they were doing. We chose a nice simple rocky path to start with so she could mainly walk but would have to use her hands to get over some small boulders.
Having achieved this and her first topping out, we moved onto a nice big slab of rock that would mean she would really have to use her hands and feet. Monkey doesn’t really like getting her hands dirty, so even though it didn’t bother her with the first climb, we had to convince her she couldn’t climb without her hands. Finally she got up, I think this photo shows the sense of achievement she felt.
We celebrated her first bit of climbing with a snack stop at the top and pulled the My First Petit Filous out of the cooler bag. In case you haven’t read my first post about our #PetitFilousFirsts challenge, these are low sugar fromage frais from Petit Filous that have a nice subtle vanilla taste and are suitable from 6 months plus, so ideal for weaning or more active toddlers.
Snack over and done, we headed off to explore some higher rocks and snap a family picture.
We then descended to some lower rocks to let Monkey do some climbing by herself. We were always within catching distance, but as climbers Mr TH and I were extremely proud at the skill and enthusiasm she has for the sport.
As well as a Petit Filous first challenge, it is also day 3 of the 30 Day Wild Challenge. Not only did we have a great time scrambling around the rocks, spending several hours outdoors, but we also loved watching the red kites circling above our heads and swooping down very low to check us out. It’s also amazing how peaceful and remote you can feel just 20 minutes’ drive away from Leeds city, with just the sounds of sheep bleating, bird singing and the wind blowing.
This post is an entry for BritMums #PetitsFilousFirsts Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous