Cragmama "Not all who wander are lost…" JRR Tolkien

Cragmama’s Featured #KidCrushers – Round 1

A couple of weeks ago I sent out an “all call” for parents to send in inspiring photos of their children gettin’ it done on the rocks.  The response was amazing! Within just a few days time, my email inbox and instagram feed was overflowing with shots of some outrageously cool kids. Don’t believe me?  Check’em out for yourself!

Here’s 11 year old Jacob M. from Charlotte, NC seconding his way up Hidden Cracks (5.7) at Table Rock, NC.


And 7 year old Ella R. recently took to the sharp end for her first lead on Pro-wire (5.5) in Guadalest, Spain


Shane is only 5 years old but here he is on a 5.10 outside of Las Vegas.  Says dad, “He loves to climb and has requested a climbing wall be built in the backyard!” 


Ida is also 5 years old, and she’s crushing all the way from a gym in Tyssohallen, Norway!


10 year old Noah is seen here climbing an Unknown (V0) problem in the Ogden Boulder Field.


Local teen Adam D. just recently snagged his first 1st place finish at the Carolina Crush competition in Raleigh, NC..


And here is 3 year old Kylan, top-roping Poking Holes in the Firmament (5.6), in Castle Rocks, ID.


Lee, age 2, is a future crusher from Columbus, OH!


11 month old Aarilyn G. cranks out a heel hook in Hueco Tanks, TX.


 5 year old Ava finessing her way up The Green Adjective (5.10a) in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT.


And her 8 year old brother, Guy, cruising up the Dirtsicle in Price Canyon!


Aileene A. crushing Everyman’s Fantasy (5.7) out of Cape Town, South Africa!

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And now for the winners!  The panel of “expert judges” (the Crag-Daddy, Big C, and myself…) each chose our favorite pic, and those folks will score a sample of the newest CLIF Kid Zbar flavor – Iced Lemon Cookie.  Yum!  (We’ve tried it, and it’s awesome!)  The winners for this round are: Lee in Columbus, OH, Noah in Ogden, UT, and Ella in Guadalest, Spain!  (Winners, please email me your address so I can forward it to the kind folks at Clif!)

Note that I said for “this round…”  That’s because feedback was so good that I’ve decided to make this a regular thing, hopefully with cool prize incentives each time (but no promises!)  So if you know of a cool kid that isn’t featured here but SHOULD be, let me know through either email or instagram!  Simply tag your instagram photo with #kidcrushers, along with a small caption (age, route, etc.), or email your photo with caption to infoATcragmamaDOTcom.  Deadline for next month’s post is June 9th.  (Oh, and if your child was featured this month, you can still enter again with a different picture!)







4 Responses to “Cragmama’s Featured #KidCrushers – Round 1”

  1. Leanne

    Amazing pics! I hope to take a few to enter when we travel to the NRG next week for our first climbing trip with our seven week old daughter in tow! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for super cheap or free baby-friendly camping in the area? I think you live nearby…

    Thanks! Your blog has been super helpful in my preparation for being a cragmama!


    • Erica

      Hey Leanne!
      Congrats on the birth of your little one – your daughter is just a few weeks younger than mine! So glad that the blog has been helpful 🙂 As far as camping beta, Chestnut Creek Campground off of Lansing Rd (first road on the right after the bridge) is a very nice, clean, quiet campground. We camped there many times before a friend of mine moved up there (now we just pitch our tent in his yard…). The owner died last year, but I am pretty sure the campground is still open. There’s also a nice campground in Summersville if you’re coming in from up north, or are planning to climb at the lake. I thikn it’s called Mountain Lake Campground? It’s basically right across the street from the Summersville parking area. Hope that helps, and have fun!

  2. Leanne

    Thank you so much for the recommendations! We are praying that the weather cooperates for us – right now it’s calling for rain every day! We just returned from a quick two day trip that served as our ‘test drive’ for camping/climbing with a baby. Happy to report that we had an awesome time and that she was a total rockstar. I was even able to get on some rock! Really looking forward to our extended trip next week, wherever the weather may take us 🙂


    • Erica

      Even if it rains a lot, there is always dry rock if you know whwre to look. What grade range are you looking for?

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“Not all who wander are lost.” —JRR TOLKIEN