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Glad you like it!
A bit of stretching, a warm bath, some good nights' sleep. Don't overdo it at first, and be sure to warm up before you climb. (Ask someone how.)
Climbing will be such a joy with your boys. Some of my best memories are climbing with my dad. :)
I'd almost say that traversing is the core of climbing training, certainly for the vast majority of young folks who are not lucky enough to live very near crags and mountains. Traversing at railway bridges (which may be gritstone if you're very lucky), or climbing walls, or girdling huge ancient hornbeams (very rare), or rotten, bark-free oak trees - the two most rock-like. A lot of the smaller crags near civilisation are very good for this too, like Harboro or Pleasley. The thing about traversing is that a) you can do ludicrously hard moves in complete safety, just a few feet or even inches above the ground, and b) build up stamina.
then found it hard to grip the steering wheel and release the handbrake after,
Argh, the joys of a newbie climber.
I remember exactly the same, couldn't even undo the fig 8 after my 1st session.
Anyhows I took my boys today, only allowed bouldering as I've not done any safety courses, they really had fun too, shame there wasn't more climbs for beginners and the easy holds were quite far away from each other for my youngest. But hey they both still enjoyed it, so I'm happy, only thing was my wrists and muscles hadn't recovered from monday lol
Unfortunately, this is what us older climbers have to put up with. Everything recovers more slowly - I'd suggest no more than one session a week for the first year, then your body should be ready to cope with more sessions.
Personally I'd disagree. I'd say it is better to go more regularly but for shorter periods. Certainly don't thrash yourself to exhaustion each time.
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