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What you’re seeing is real.

I STARTED ROCK CLIMBING last summer. I wish I’d started when I was in diapers.

Over the winter I joined a climbing gym and progressed very nicely. Now I await the snow to fully melt and the sun to dry the rocks. It will be my first season leading and I’m really stoked about it.

Climbing seems like a natural fit for me at this time in my life. There is a ton of climbing around where I live and the community is top notch. I enjoy the meditative aspect of it — the focus required when clinging by my fingertips. Nothing else exists at that moment.

I wonder what this baby was thinking about.



About The Author

Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

  • Debi_11

    my son, just over 2-years LOVES climbing! his uncle and dad are looking for a good helmet so they can take him to the local climbing area in the park.

  • onlysky

    That is unbelievable. 

    He was thinking, why the hell are all my toys up here.

  • TheMan

    Start them young!  That’s the only way they will ever excel in life.

  • Amazingezone

    Really he is a brave boy. Its unbelievable.

  • Carlo Alcos

    Interesting that the automatic assumption is that this is a baby boy. It’s actually a baby girl.

  • Austin Pethan

    Hope you enjoy leading Carlo, I learned this past January and it has opened a whole new world of adventure.

    • Carlo Alcos

      Thanks! I was leading in the gym…will be a different story outdoors. Happy climbing :)

  • Strapless Heart Rate Monitor

    No way!  Cmon!

  • spotteddog

    …why is no one spotting the 22-month-old baby on the rock wall?

  • Kyle Cassidy

    I found a back-and-forth between the father of the 22-mo old and some online gamers while researching this video a while back. Pretty hilarious. The father had apparently killed another gamer a lot (online) and the guy began claiming he was going to report him to the YouTube authorities for the video in retaliation. Some gamers come to the father’s defense. Others side with the other guy. A fun dialogue, regardless. Dunno if the link will work but if so, you can read it here: google around for the great toddler climber debate. 

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