Dave MacLeod Announces Children's Climbing Book Product News

© Chris Prescott

Top all-round climber and training author Dave MacLeod has announced plans to publish a book centred on early climbing development for young children.

Dave MacLeod doing some research for his upcoming children's book  © Chris Prescott
Dave MacLeod doing some research for his upcoming children's book
© Chris Prescott

With titles such as '9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes' and 'Make or Break' to his name, Dave is a world-respected guru on all things training and injury-related.

Dave's upcoming project is a title aimed specifically at very young climbers. Dave told UKC:

"Between the ages of 1-3 is a critical stage for developing motor skills, proprioception and the fundamentals of climbing: Agility, Balance and Co-ordination. There is currently little literature targeting this age group, perhaps due to the commonly-held belief that simply having fun and moving around is sufficient at this stage.

Frieda MacLeod in training...
© Dave MacLeod

"As a parent of a young child, I've seen the benefits that getting into a healthy and rewarding activity such as climbing can have on a child's development in general, so it's not simply about progressing through the grades, it's about setting them up with physical and cognitive skills for life in a fun and balanced manner."

Regarding the content of his book, Dave commented:

"My book will feature fun but skill-focussed exercises that the child can use to build up their co-ordination and kinaesthetic awareness. At the end of each exercise is a short explanation of the energy systems and skills involved in the activity."

He added:

"I've also figured out a reward-based system involving Jelly Babies."

Dave has provided a preview of the chapter titles to be included:

  • The ABC's of climbing
  • The balancing act: keeping training playful
  • Dealing with over-protective parents
  • How not to lose your bottle
  • Don't throw your toys out of the pram: Dealing with post-redpoint attempt tantrums
  • How to deal with the (breast) pump
  • How to make a break from nursery and escape to the crag
  • Climbing with nappy rash

Jimmy Webster, aged 3, commented:

"I'm really looking forward to learning from Dave after having some time off climbing with chickenpox. I just hope I can learn to read soon, otherwise the pictures might not suffice."

Dave's daughter Freida MacLeod, aged 5, told UKC:

"I can't wait to read my Daddy's new book so I can finally burn him off on his projects."


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