My forthcoming book, Fun Climbs In Colorado: The Best Places To Take Your Friends and Family, describes fun climbs in Colorado. On this web site, I will expand upon the book and describe climbs at Indian Creek, City of Rocks, Devils Tower, France, Italy, Spain and other places I’ve been lucky to climb. I’ll write about fun climbs I’ve done Mexico, Canada, and Switzerland. When I visit more cool places, I’ll write about those.
Climbing magazines and websites focus on the latest 5.15, hard boulder problem, steep waterfall, or unclimbed Himalayan north face. If you want to figure out where to take your parents climbing, or where to teach your kids to climb, there’s much less easily available information.
I took my Dad climbing when he was in his late 70s. He lead Maxine’s Wall, a 5.10c in Yosemite, at 77, but could barely walk due to hip problems. We took my son Tristan to Arco, Italy when he was three and to Finale Ligure, Italy, and France at seven. In 2004 Tristan and I climbed in Spain.
I love climbing and want to share my experiences. I want to present fun climbs for all of us, including weekend warriors who work for a living. Germans, who coined the term “sport climbing” (Sportklettern) have a word for this: Genußklettern (the German ‘ß’ denotes a combination of s plus z). In French, they call it Plaisir. The late Jürg von Känel, who wrote the guidebooks to Switzerland, Schweiz Extrem and Schweiz Plaisir, told me that they sell the Plaisir guide 95% of the time. I hope to write similar books for other parts of the United States (you tell me where you want them).