Olive Us: Episode 12: Rock Climb

November 7, 2012

By Gabrielle.

A new Olive Us episode is ready to share!

Have you ever rock-climbed? Our kids love to. (Especially Maude — she scrambles up the mountain like she was born doing it.) As parents, it’s really satisfying to watch our kids challenge themselves, work hard, take risks, and encourage each other to reach the top. I hope you enjoy the episode!

Fun fact: We were scheduled to film this episode in the red rocks of Southern Utah with rock-climbing guidance from my brother. But we were rained out! So we rescheduled and filmed in Provo’s famous Rock Canyon instead. Special thanks goes to Audrey Moore for assisting on this episode, and to Rich Barrett for being the climbing teacher/guide.

P.S. — Video won’t show up for you? Try viewing it on Vimeo.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Azra November 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

They are so cool and very brave.


2 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Agreed. : )


3 Christie O. {Mountainside Bride} November 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

What a great video. Did you film and edit yourself!!!? If so, kudos; it’s amazing.


4 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The video was filmed and edited by Tiger in a Jar (http://tigerinajar.com). They are crazy talented!


5 Sara November 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

Cute! My kids went to a rock-climbing camp for the first time this summer, and it was so cool! I myself am a bit of a chicken, so I love encouraging my kids to start learning to do these kinds of things at a young enough age that they will hopefully gain courage, persistence, and physical confidence and understanding of their bodies’ capabilities. It’s something my husband has that I lack…I just want my kids to believe that they really can do anything, they don’t need to be intimidated by any type of experience…kind of the same open minded thought that I also think is encouraged by international travel, etc.

Just my 2 cents! I’d love to know more about your kids’ experiences with climbing :).


6 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

“they don’t need to be intimidated by any type of experience”

I really like that thinking. And I really like how you think hard about the parenting you’re doing. It’s inspiring!


7 Sara November 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

The way that you think about parenting and the thought you and Ben Blair put into it always inspires me :)!


8 Becca F November 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

I went rock climbing in rock canyon with my husband on our first date!


9 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That’s a really cool first date.


10 Gina November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

Can I just say that rock climbing is one of my all time favorite activities? Being tired never feels better. :)


11 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

“Being tired never feels better.”

That’s an awesome comment.


12 melaniejvc November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

this made me weepy for some reason, which i totally did not expect. something about the courage and strength (physical and otherwise) that was so apparent. thanks for this one.


13 Design Mom November 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Oh. Now your comment is making me weepy. Thank you for the kind words.


14 Maike November 9, 2012 at 3:25 am

you both made me weepy.


15 Aimee November 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Rock climbing was a very life changing experience for me as a teenager. I learned a lot about who I was, what it meant to push myself further, and to be ok when I didn’t always reach the top. I went on to get my degree in Outdoor Education and Environmental Science. So thankful for those special adventures in my young life. I love that you encourage this in your children it will really shape their lives forever.


16 Giulia November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

oh. i love rock climbing! i started doing it as a little girl and do it every summer in the italian dolomites (reccomend), but i missed the last two because i was travelling a lot. oh, this video made me miss it so much. i love the faces of the kids, even if they are not scared, they know they’re doing a difficult thing, which always makes you feel a little nervous. the video is beautiful!


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