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ROPE - swinging - climbing - stump jumping

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Almost a year ago, Alex hung a rope in the front yard maple tree at his house. The boys have swung and climbed it almost daily. It's been good to see the progress they have made with it. Folks worry about fitness of kids these days. These boys do their fair share of computer stuff...quite a bit...but they get some good balance (in several ways!) with this rope.

This is when they were first developing the mount and perch technique.


This is what they have evolved to:

 

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I have some other footage of some pretty amazing one handed swinging, hands only climbing and stump jumping. I'll get that posted soon.
 

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Ha...you are right, Jonny...hadn't thought of that. We sometimes set up Tarzan ropes at some of our training camps.

Jon...they make me crazy doing things in flip flops...I always wear boots. Landon does LOTS barefoot...Neanderthal stuff.
 

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in flip flops no less!
The foot lock is really hard.
Once in a climbing contest, an arborist went here only as a guest/lurker in relax mode, no gear, nothing but Tshirt, short and tongs. He ended involved in a a dumb gamble : footlocking up the official footlock competition rope, dressed as he went. Every one around was laughing loud before this "impossible" task. But he did it! Hat off to him.
When he came back on the ground, we saw that his skin was badly scratched over his feet and shins from the rope's friction. Tough guy.
 

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Cool thread!

Mad core strength and grip strength developing in those youngins!
 

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Some of the one-handed stuff I still need to post will probably blow your mind.
 

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I will measure it. I'm not sure. More than an inch but I think less than two. It's synthetic which makes it soft but it's also kind of slick. I have to wear gloves to get any kind of a decent grip... They're doing it bare handed.
 

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That looks great.

We have a few trees around my place but only pine and spruce. Pretty difficult to get a ropeswing going as they are very upright.

In other news though. We built the trampoline last weekend. Torstein, the youngest (9) has been on there pretty much constantly, unless he is eating or sleeping. He has been able to back and front flip a couple of years now, but he has taught himself backflips from standing. Still on the trampoline but no pre bouncing.

He wants to get them down in the flat. He is also practicing for next years snowboarding, backflips with the different grabs.

Same as Gary mentioned, they are on the computers, pads and phones too much. At least now the snow has gone, they get fit on the trampoline, skating and swimming in the fjord.

Healthy kids, peace and quiet for the parents. Win, win if ever there was one.
 
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