Keeping family life exciting can be a challenge. Instead of the more traditional sports, why not try extreme adventure sports with the kids. These sports can be thrilling and perfect for creating family memories alongside boosting your health and family communication.
In this post we will explore the nation’s best extreme adventure sports for families alongside what equipment you will need and safety tips. So what activity is best for your family?
From moving up indoor climbing walls to scaling cliff faces outdoors, rock climbing is an adrenaline-pumping activity that is excellent for getting kids fully engaged in sport. But where did it all begin? Rock climbing started to become a loved sport around the end of the 1800s, with the Lake District considered one of three, major ‘birthplaces of rock climbing’ (the others are in Italy and Germany).
Of course, as popularity for the sport grew in the 1940s and 1950s, so did the demand for safety equipment and climbing aids, which made the activity more accessible for younger people and families. From steel carabiners to nylon ropes, technology has helped to propel rock climbing into mainstream sport. Today, you can climb all over the UK — both at indoor venues and on outdoor walls — and the sport has grading system that rates the difficulty of a climb and the climber’s skill to help make the sport even safer — but still just as exciting!
Benefits of rock climbing for families
- Builds upper and lower body strength.
- Enhances problem-solving skills (i.e. considering the best route for reaching the top).
- Encourages concentration.
Rock climbing as a family
As we mentioned, there are plenty of places to rock climb with your family. If you’re just starting out, make sure you choose an instructing company with a high customer rating — especially for safety and teaching. The Association of British Climbing Walls is a good place to start if you’re looking for a climbing wall in your area.
In rock climbing, you’ll notice that you use your lower limbs more than your upper limbs — great to boost fitness and strength but may be tough for little ones at first. Although you and your family will improve in time, it may be worth opting for a few indoor sessions until you’re all confident with the height and physical strain. Once your family feels ready and has learned a few techniques, why not book an outdoor climbing session? There are lots of packages at popular landmarks across the UK and you can even make it into a weekend away.
Welcome back to our little weekly round-up of Living Arrows 30/53 (2018). I’m enjoying getting into the routine of sharing a little bit of our life and how my gorgeous 2 year old is growing away so fast along with the new baby!
You can catch up on my last post here: Living Arrows 29/53.
The idea behind Living Arrows is to celebrate childhood. It’s name is taken from a poem by Kahlil Gibran,
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
I have a 2 year old and a 11 week old. Two children. An even number. Would I consider having a third child? What are the pros and cons of having a third child? I’m the second of four. My mum had us three girls before having a boy. As you can see I’m from a family of six and wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I was great fun growing up in a large family. We obviously were not The Duggars thats crazy!
But would having just one more baby enrich our lives further?
Having another baby and becoming a family of four means we are having to update our family wall of pictures and photos. This wall is going up the stairs in our new house. It’s full of memories of our wedding 5 years ago and pictures of baby girl throughout her first year.
When My-Picture.co.uk got in touch to try out their canvas designing business, it was an ideal time to add a picture of our two girls. My husband caught this shot of them the other week and it’s my favourite, so I knew it was the one to be turned into a canvas for the family wall.
Losing my Dad three days before my planned c section was hard. My dad’s passing wasn’t a sudden death. In fact I wish it was for his sake. Seeing someone die through cancer is heartbreaking.
My dads cancer journey started three years ago. I was pregnant with baby girl at the time when he started getting ill. Dad was a hardworking farmer all his life and never stopped for anything. He kept chickens, geese, cattle and a goat right up until the very end when he left us at 88 years of age.
He came from a generation that would rarely visit the doctors. This older generation are tough as nails. We had to beg him to see a doctor 3 years ago when we knew he wasn’t right.
Okay so, I know that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all really useful ways for keeping in touch with family and friends when you spend time apart. But, sometimes it sucks that the main way to keep in contact with loved ones that we’re far away from is by posting on a Facebook wall, favouriting a tweet or liking an Instagram post. We have a lot to thank social media for and it is a great tool for communication but, sometimes it’s a little too generic and takes away the personal touch that other methods have.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a few alternative ways that you can share your memories with family and friends, to ensure you don’t became another face in an endless sea of Facebook friends: