Fearless fun with rock-climbing baby


#1

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#2

It’s easy to be fearless when nothing bad has ever happened to you.


#3

Yeah, I mean, who does that baby think it is?!

Stupid babies!


#4

This is why we hire for smarts and not necessarily for experience :wink:


#5

Yeah, my kids would have happily tried this when they were in the “climbing everything they could find” phase. Which was right about the year and a half stage (this kid is 19 months old, according to the video description). Good for the parents for letting her explore (I presume the padding below her is quite extensive).


#6

Harness? I know this fearless baby would never fall but… Also I was glad that was a whole floor at the top and not just a ledge.


#7

Harness? There’s outdoor playground equipment taller than that, and with no pads at the base. Spotter maybe.


#8

There appears to be a big soft pad at the bottom of the wall.


#9

Also glad there’s no mashy spike plates.


#10

Eeeeh, they’re pretty bouncy, babies are.


#11

The next level does have giant slow moving bullets. Pretty sure he can’t jump over them.


#12

Or do what my parents did with their five (all 50+ and still going strong): live and learn.

I say this as someone who had stitches on her head and on top of her kneecap before turning five. I remember both instances being traumatic at the time (really, it was the stitches), but I learned not to climb (head) and not to jump up and down steps covered with broken bottles (knee).


#13

That kid might as well be my daughter! They look identical!


#14

No harness and no spotter = needlessly putting your kid at risk. Even with an air-mattress below, you land on the back of your neck and it is all over. See, e.g., http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2769810


#15

Don’t let the kid keep that habit, bad things happen…


#16

This is fairly old news in the climbing world, so…

Spotter is there just off cam. Doesn’t mean dangerous, just means good camera work.

Plenty of good padding below.


#17

The kid’s method is stellar, by the way. Climbs exactly like how they teach it. 3 points of contact at all times, if you get a little confused don’t just sit there in a high stress position. It’s okay to back down a little so you can comfortably look for a route up instead of clinging onto a tiny little nub until your grip gives out. Don’t worry about going up fast, just worry about going up.


#18

at 1:13 at the very top of the wall, let go with both hands and stood up straighter to put hands on the top.


#19

The little tyke doesn’t have perfect form? Not to mention, the three points of contact thing is more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule. Personally the first time I watched it and saw her hesitating at the top I was thinking “come on, mantle buddy. mantle. Oh well, hey that looks like it worked too.”


#20

Just to clarify - this little aspiring climber is a girl :wink: