... Foremost children have no business in a hardhat area. How can you put a helmet on a minor and put them in an area where there are potentially falling rocks, or above other people when they could dislodge loose rocks?
...To climb means there are grave responsibilities and grave decisions that can effect people permanently, decisions that only adults should be allowed to make.
There may be some things children can do, but it should be limited. Take them to Great Adventure.
That being said, didn't you take your son Josh up onto El Cap's Zodiac when he was 13 as you posted last season? How old were your children when you took them for their very first climbs?
I stand behind what I said. I think it is mistake to take minors rock-climbing, I cannot say anything more or less.
However if there is a lot of control where there would be less danger as in a climbing gym or at Great Adventure that makes a difference. If you have two people with 30 years experience on an overhanging wall where loose rocks are not an issue that makes a difference.
I stand behind what I said, it is not advisable, I would not admit it is wise to take minors rockclimbing. You can have some close calls. What do you think Rickster? Is it safe to take minors or groups of minors rockclimbing?
The Mohonk Mountain House and the Mohonk Preserve have done a great job protecting the environment thus far, but ... it's all down hill from here http://youtu.be/9AU8fMo8v4k.