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Jan 10, 2007, 10:06 AM

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Teaching kids knots
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Other than getting a few select children to enjoy climbing, this has always been the biggest problem Iīve encountered, getting them to learn how to tie-in.

Just yesterday I spent a half hour sitting down with a boy tying the same figure 8 knot over and over again until he finally got the idea down (pretty much), not too bad until you consider itīs like the 3rd time itīs happened. The shortest classes are just an hour long, and I catch flak from parents whenever they think their kid hasnīt climbed enough that day.

Usually what I do is spend the first few classes belaying them and following them while they traverse, telling them how to grab and step and move and whatnot, just to get them enjoying their climbing. Then the next class Iīll let them climb a couple times and spend the rest of the class teaching them how to tie in. Like I said before, sometimes the parents donīt seem to want their kids to learn more about how to climb, and are content to basically pay for a climbing babysitter.

Anyone have any suggestions to make learning knots, specifically figure 8s, easier? Rhymes, games, special step by step instructions. . . Iīm at a loss for anything really creative here, so please chime in.

(This post was edited by squierbypetzl on Jan 10, 2007, 10:07 AM)

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