Not all climbing is done with a rope, Kelly said. In fact, climbing is divided into different seasons. Rope climbing is just one season. The other two types of climbing (and seasons) is boulder or “sport” climbing (the current season) and speed climbing.
“Think of the 100-meter dash going up the wall and see who gets there the fastest,” Kelly said of speed climbing. “It’s not something my boys train for but they really enjoy it.”
For boulder climbing, the routes are short (about 15 feet) and the youth don’t use ropes. Instead the floor is cushioned and climbers learn to fall correctly at a young age so they don’t sprain an ankle, Kelly said.
Aiden, pictured above, feels the sport is safe if one follows the rules.
“It’s more scarier outside,” he said. “Outside, there’s a lot of ledges.”
Kelly said she enjoys the sport for the same reasons her sons do.
“”It’s a great way to get a full-body workout,” she said. “Every muscle in your body is being challenged. And it’s fun – I’ve made good friends doing this. I enjoy competition and problem solving.”
“Bouldering” takes as much mental work as it does physical work, Kelly said. The climber has to study the route and discern the most efficient way to climb it. During competitions, climbers have a set amount of time to reach the top, she said.
“The winner is the one who gets highest on the problem in the fewest attempts,” Kelly said.
The Krajnik family now plans all their vacations around climbing They’ve climbed on the Red Rock in Las Vegas, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Arkansas, Red River Gorge in Kentucky, Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin.
They use the Mountain Project app to track their progress, she added. The app also shows places to climb in various geographical areas, she added.
“Last year, Aiden and Logan each climbed over 100 routes,” Kelly aid.
Logan’s hopes to eventually climb the Realization sporting climb route in Frances, which climber Colorado Margo Hayes quickly scaled in 2017.
“It’s one of the hardest grades in the world,” Logan said.