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In the spring of each year the Junior Mountaineering Team host a family rock climbing trip. This provides an opportunity for the JMT members to teach their parents, siblings, and friends what they have learned. It is fun to switch the traditional roles of parent teaching child, to child teaching parent. Not only do we climb, but we also eat smores, sit around a campfire, tell stories, and get to know eachother. This year the family trip was at Pipestone, a climbing area outside Whitehall, MT. Here’s some photos, Enjoy!

The weekend began with a short demonstration about equipment and belaying.

Grant and Nina demonstrated belaying.

And then the climbing began.

Abby Lair, Grant's sister participated in the family trip for the third year.

Doug, Grant's dad, came along for his third family rock climbing trip as well.

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Ben, a mountaineering continuum alumni, came all the way from Billings to hang out with friends and do a little climbing.

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Kate worked her way up one of the climbs.

Kate's dad, Richard, had a wonderful time. Of note, he has great campfire stories.

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Erin talks with doug about techniques for crack climbing.

Nina, a first year JMT member, was excited to show her parents her skills on the rock.

Nina's mom makes her way up one of the routes.

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Nina's dad, Jerry.

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Jason Heath, MMA instructor.

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Rebecca Taylor.

A few folks worked on a difficult hand crack called 'Cruise Control.'

Jason.

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Ben.

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Ben brought his dog Cooper along.

Nathan works his way up one of the routes.

It was a great weekend of climbing, campfire stories, and good company. Thanks to everyone who came along!

For more information on the JMT and other MMA programs visit http://www.montanamountaineering.org.

Photography by Kt Miller http://www.shredkt.com

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