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Topic - Ethics of 'children' leading hard routes

MikeTS - on 11 Jul 2013
I don't know the answer.
But the question goes something like this.
We (being Western countries as a whole) prevent or discourage non-adults (usually defined as below a certain age, which varies mainly between 16 and 21) from potentially dangerous activities like car driving, drinking, owning a weapon, serving actively in the army, engaging in sex, voting....
So thinking about the recent tragedy, some questions.
Should lead climbing outdoors have a minimum age limit? under certain conditions?
What about climbing walls? do they already have a minimum age for leading? (I never really looked)
Should UKC show clips of non-adults lead climbing? Is it analogous to juvenile porn?

Personally, I would not let my kids lead, except under the easiest of conditions so they can learn the process: it's like allowing them to drive around an empty parking area.

To repeat, these are not my personal positions! But what do you think?

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