Our Trip to Glacier National Park

This wasn’t on our bucket list (because we don’t have one), but should be (because we should have one). A truly amazing journey to Glacier National Park outfitted for various needs by GNOREI and Apgar!

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scott sappenfield

scott sappenfield

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Climbers In The Family

It makes me so happy to have 2 little climbers in the family. Actually, I have 3, my wife likes to climb too.

I don’t know what it is about kids, but they just don’t have any fear.  We were in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area so we took them both up to the Triangle Rock Club and they had a blast. Apparently the club is about to undertake a massive renovation adding on a new wing with 50′ walls.  That’d be awesome.


Circled in orange is the crux of the climb. Tougher than it looks for new climbers, their little fingers were hanging on for dear life. She even barn-doored once and still hung on. My little 6 year old made through the overhang and all the way to the top too. So proud. I think they like the auto-belays more than me doing it, not surprising for kids. They just get to swing out, like it’s a big jungle gym.

The Ultimate Challenge

That’s what we call things at our house.  “The Ultimate Challenge” refers to anything I make up for them that’s a challenge.  It could be anything so long as it’s somewhat difficult for them.  Well, in this case, I’m so proud of my little climbers.  This obstacle course was 4 stories high and they were dying to do it.  It was definitely the ultimate challenge.  So we took the measurements this morning and sure enough, they both qualified.

The measurements

Obstacle course requirement – 48″ minimum height

Him – 47.5″ tall.  48″ tall with shoes and a hat.  He finally grew tall enough, just tall enough in fact!

Her – 52″ tall.

The obstacle course

Ok so this thing looked harmless, but I admit I was a bit nervous climbing up.  But the kids?  No way.  If they were nervous, it didn’t show.

We showed up right at 10 minutes before it opened.  So we were the first ones on there.  See the toadstools up on the 4th level.  You walk across those without falling!  That’s tougher to do than it looks from the ground.  He was the first one up on the 4th level.  She was the first one to do the most difficult route.  A skinny tightrope walk up on the 3rd level.  Then we turned it up a notch.  We weren’t allowed to run, but we chased her and had to corner her first.  That took a while.  Then we chased him and had to corner him.

Tons of fun and proud of my fearless climbers!

Scott Sappenfield climbers

The kiddos climbing sky high!