Friday thought #71 Inspirational families (who take their kids climbing!)

Today we headed out for a day climbing above Achensee, a beautiful lake around 40 minutes drive from Innsbruck. There are several climbing areas at the top of this cable car, and the views from the top, across the lake itself and over towards the Karwendel National Park, are just incredible, in my opinion some of the best to be found in Austria.

The climbing was superb; brilliant, slabby limestone, but the real highlight of the day came from the only other team we saw climbing all day. A mum and dad were out climbing with their 2 daughters – aged around 7 and 10. Dad led, mum belayed, and the 2 girls top roped every route, from grade 4 up to 6a! And what topped the whole thing off was that after the girls had climbed, grandpa tied in and climbed the routes too!

We were absolutely amazed, and utterly inspired. 3 generations of the same family out climbing together on a beautiful sunny day. Many people could learn a great deal from people like this, long live families who do stuff outdoors with their kids!

Just a sample of the stunning area
Just a sample of the area with its stunning rock formations
Looking over in to the Karwendel
Looking over in to the Karwendel
The inspirational family - mum, dad, kids and grandpa - all climbing!
The inspirational family – mum, dad, kids and grandpa – all climbing!
Achensee from the cable car station with the Karwendel National Park behind. Wow.
Achensee from the cable car station with the Karwendel National Park behind. Wow

 

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