Taken as we were leaving at the end of the day
We decided to go the the Salt Lake Slips (up Big Cottonwood Canyon in SLC) since we were there the weekend before and there is a lot of kid friendly routes. The river was low enough for us to cross and it is a pretty safe place for the younger kids to explore while we were belaying and the older kids were climbing. When we got there, every route except Entre Nous had a rope on it and a group of climbers beneath it. I have top roped this route in the past and remember it being super crimpy. I would've rather started on something a little easier (for the kiddos), but it was all we had. I either took so long leading it, or scared away the mass of climbers with my hideous technique, but by the time I set up the anchor and lowered down, 2 of the easier routes next to us were open. Since there was no one else waiting, we went back up and set up a top rope for the easier routes and left the first one up too. The younger kids got on the easier route Wop Dego (5.5) and the older ones tried Entre Nous (5.8+) and Thieving Magpie the 5.7 that shared an anchor.
My lil man on Thieving Magpies (5.7)
My daughter climbing
Taking a break from climbing (rocks).
My rock star on Wop Dego (5.5)
As you can imagine, the adults didn't get much climb time. Short of leading the routes and setting up anchors and cleaning the anchors at the end of the day, we were pretty much designated belay slaves to the kiddos. But there's nothing wrong with that. All 5 kids had an awesome day of climbing so it was totally worth it. I had planned on taking the kiddos down to Moab this wknd to meet up with some friends and do some camping and hiking, but I've had an unexpected financial obligation pop up. My little princess needs glasses!! Poor baby girl is practically blind in her left eye. So now we're hoping to get the kiddos out for some bouldering closer to home instead this wknd. But not sure if the weather is going to cooperate (see image below....) for us. Keep your fingers crossed!!!
I feel like I'm back in WI with a forecast like this!
How's the weather by you this weekend??
Any fun plans??