Hey - thanks to KitCatherine for getting this convo going. I've been too much of a pussbag to ask many of the same questions. Lots of encouraging words here for nubs generally.
My own situation is different and I know requires a reality check. My spouse is major outdoor dude, has posted here in the past, came later to climbing than to other activities (backpacking, paddling etc), took a Mazamas class last year, summited Hood, summited a few other peaks but nothing he feels was super difficult. I really want to be able to keep up with him.
Need for reality check: While climby spouse was taking his class & summiting Hood & all that other good stuff last year, I was... preggers. And now we have a lovely little Center of the Universe whose schedule takes precedence over mine.
So, how unrealistic is it for me to want to take up climbing, given that I'm also in charge of a very active 1-year-old bambina? Should I just stick w/ the Kelty Kid dayhiking, carcamping, yadda yadda for now? Any other parents who wanna chime in to tell me I'm naive or selfish, and how much of those, have at it. THANKS.