Rock climbing is a tough sport. It takes plenty of muscle, flexibility and guts to scale a towering wall. On top of that you need the mental strength to figure out tough problems and keep climbing at nerve wracking heights when all your brain wants to do is put its feet up at home with a nice cuppa and a pair of clean trousers. Child’s play this isn’t.
But actually it is.
It turns out that the vertigo inducing moments and physical punishment that climbers put themselves through is actually something that enthusiastic toddlers can handle too. It seems that for every burly, sweating beast of an adult currently destroying your local climbing gym, there’s a quiet, sweet little kid calmly topping out on routes that you’ve been struggling with for months.
From babies still in nappies tackling their first wall to 13 year old girls who’re already climbing grades way above you, there’s a legion of mini climbers out there both willing and able to show us all how it should be done.