Climbing with Kids at Kyloe Crags

16th June 2013, 17 photos.

First taste of real rock climbing for James and me - great fun and tough challenge on Kyloe Crags in Northumberland, with expert supervision and instruction from Kim's Border Search and Rescue buddies, James, Damon and George. And a wonderful climbing exhibition from Damon's 10-year-old twins, Toby and Oscar.

Damon's talented (and crazy!) 10-year-olds just get going before dad even arrives with ropes and harnesses - mad!

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George heads up to set up the first climb - The Christmas Tree

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Kim gets ready for her turn

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And goes for it - and succeeds

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James next - and flies up!

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Nearly there

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Made it - a brilliant first effort - made me very proud

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'Abseiling' down

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Smug pose after his first ascent

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Oscar takes on a much harder route and makes it - of course

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Toby follows him up

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Toby heading up - amazing natural ability

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The kids make fire - naturally!

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I have a first go at belaying - and Damon trusts me?!

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Damon's first ever lead - my first ever belay! Hmmm!

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James tries the difficult climb - but it was too hard to go much further

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I try it - but too hard for me too

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16th June 2013, 17 photos. View this album in Flickr.