No ifs, ands, or buts about it, this is a must-do family activity. I encourage any family to book a private 6-hour climb; you will get your money's worth. You'll get some private time and attention on the training rocks before heading off to some more adventurous climbs. My family of eight (ages 11-60) had a blast - even those who were too afraid to climb the big one all the way to the top. Even the two old fogies who sat out due to physical limitations came long to take pictures/video and had a blast.
Our guides, Cheyenne and Chris, were total pros and really made the experience worth it. They quickly assess your attitude, skills, and comfort zone. They know exactly when to encourage, when to push, when to give a tip or let you figure it out, and when to take it easy on you (aka be patient). Our group had two girls that wanted to do it all, and three boys who seemed to scare before they even got two feet off the ground.
All you need to do is show up with a positive attitude and a willingness to climb outside of your comfort zone (pun intended). Sylvan Rocks supplies the rest.
On a side note, none of our family had any climbing experience; we were total untrained novices. Feel free to be creative with your nicknames; it simply adds to the fun. I'm sure Chris and Cheyenne will never forget the group comprised of Lord Looney, Admiral Anarchy, Captain Chaos, Flaming Bubble, Dumbo, Diamond Dude, The Grandma, and The Wallet.
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