Cragmama "Not all who wander are lost…" JRR Tolkien

About

Why Cragmama?
Well, in the rock climbing world, the “crag” is simply another word for a climbing area. (Examples: “Which crag are you guys hitting up this weekend?” “You’ll never guess who I ran into at the crag last week…”). And hopefully the term “mama” is pretty self-explanatory…but a Cragmama is more than just a rock climbing mama!

Canaan “Cragbaby” Lineberry

Simply put - Cragmamas raise Cragbabies! And a Cragbaby doesn’t have to turn into a rock climbing prodigy – The term “cragbaby” is nothing more than a moniker for a little guy (or gal!) who doesn’t remember his first time climbing, camping, hiking, etc. He doesn’t remember it because to him being outdoors enjoying nature is something his family has always done. It’s part of who he is. Cragbabies are explorers, naturalists, and ecologists. They grow up feeling most at home in wide open spaces, having been introduced to the sounds and rhythms of nature in the womb.

My goal here at Cragmama is to become an online resource for fellow nature enthusiasts that believe starting a family doesn’t mean the end to outdoor adventures!  I haven’t been a Mommy nearly long enough to qualify as an expert in the fields of wilderness, parenting, and rock climbing. Thankfully in addition to the many mistakes I’ve made along the way I’ve also stumbled upon some really good ideas that have worked out great for our family. And if they worked for us, who knows, maybe they might work for other families, too! If 20 years from now it turns out I’ve raised an agoraphobic hermit, I promise I will retract every last word! But for now, please take all that you find here for what it is – how-to musings (and sometimes “how NOT to”) about our experiences raising a baby who was born with a silver carabiner in his mouth.  Its my hope that all who frequent these pages will find inspiration and motivation to continue in an active lifestyle throughout pregnancy and beyond!  Whether you need beta for your next climbing trip, a helpful tip for squeezing in some outside time in a day slammed with errands, or are looking for gear reviews on items to make outdoor kid travels run smoothly – take a look around, hopefully you’ll get some good ideas!

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Partnering with Cragmama…
I welcome opportunities to write, guest post, review gear, etc.  If you would like to partner with Cragmama in any capacity, including advertisements,  feel free to drop me a line at info@cragmama.com.  Some of the product links in my posts may be affiliate links, but only in situations where I strongly recommend a product that I have found to be superior after extensive personal use.

I love comments!  Its nice to know that there are folks out there reading, and that my posts aren’t just floating aimlessly along out there in cyber space!  Feel free to share your own ideas, opinions, and recommendations!  Got a post idea you’d like me to write about, or a climbing question you’d like answered?  Don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

Enjoying some beautiful spring weather at the local crag!

 

 

 

 

The Mama behind Cragmama… Erica Lineberry:
We only get one shot on this journey called life, and I intend to make the most of it. One of my favorite passions is getting out and exploring this playground called Earth, that I believe God created for us to enjoy. Those that know me well know that I often find strong parallels between my experiences in Creation and my relationship with God. I feel like every experience I have is part of a bigger story that God has been writing since the beginning of time, and that we are all a part of that story. During March of 2010 my husband and I were able to start a brand new chapter of our story with the birth of our son, Canaan (aka Cragbaby!).

During my pregnancy and Canaan’s first weeks my husband and I realized that we were at a life stage where many folks give up on adventure and play, and get locked into a rut of everyday living. But our family wants to do more than just “get by.” We’re not ready to succumb to life of the status quo just yet!    Over the course of my life’s journey so far I’ve been blessed to have encountered so many adventures.  Some are big and some are small, but they are always filled with joy, love, and of course loads of fun along the way!

In the summer of 2013, we embarked on a new adventure – baby #2!  So far pregnancy #2 has been going well, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for our family next year.  The due date is March 6, 2014, so stay tuned for the latest updates!

Most days you can find me outside somewhere – while my favorite athletic passion is rock climbing, I also love waking up to birds chirping and sun light filtering through my tent, as well as wandering around in the woods with a backpack on.  My best ideas come to me during my afternoon trail runs, and occasionally I like to pretend that I know how to mountain bike and fly-fish, although I’m probably not fooling anyone.

Crag-family portrait in Grayson Highlands, VA

36 Responses to “About”

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  3. I think it is great you are encouraging other families to be active and do what brings happiness!
    It is very inspiring to know that other women and their families are interested in pursuing their lives, especially after birthing children. I feel your blog site is a great tool for families that have common interests or may need additional inspiration. I shared your link on Facebook as well as on my families website. I enjoyed the information you shared on your site and hope that others may enjoy too. :)

    Sarah

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    • Hey Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing my site with your tribe! Glad you found the information useful!

  4. Sam Graves

    Awesome Blog! Its great you are taking “cragbaby” out with you, and the pictures are amazing! Have you ever climbed in New England? I.E. Pawtuckaway, Acadia, Rumney, etc?

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    • Hi Sam, thanks for the kind words! I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. Unfortunately the furthest north we’ve ever climbed was Kentucky…but Rumney and the Gunks are definitely on our list of destinations we want to hit in the next few years.

  5. Kara

    Hey I Like your stuff here a lot! My friend mentioned the name of your blog to me recently and Its neat to read about your outdoor adventures! I’m a mom to a 11 month old and I enjoy the outdoorsy stuff as well! Thanks for sharing your stuff!

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  6. NAK

    Yes! Ive been searching the internet for weeks hoping that somehow i wasn’t a freak of nature that would be giving up my pithy attempts at keeping my not so child frioendly hobby a part of my life.

    i have a 2.5 year old and a 3 month old….and i still like to think i’m a climber. We have the luxury of living near short topropes…so once the newbie is weaned I climb there. once a year we go to New River Gorge. Last year I climbed pregnant…this year will be interesting with both children needing attention. We shall see if I get anything done (especially as i’m still all soft from pregnancy)

    I will be stalking….err…reading!

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  7. Pierre

    Crag on! Don’t forget about “cragdaddies” either! We got our one month old in the pea pod, and he touched rock this weekend! Glad to see others taking the kids to the crag despite what the magazines tell us not to do. Looking forward to seeing other cragrats at the crag!

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    • Kara and Sarah – I’m so happy to hear you guys are enjoying the blog! Its so nice to “meet” other outdoorsy mommies!

      Pierre – Yes, Crag-Daddies deserve props as well :)

  8. Glen

    This is the first time I have seen your blog…. can’t wait to show my wife she will get a kick out of it. (no cragbabies yet) Anyway as one of the leaders for the rope rescue team in Stokes County, I just want to say thanks for the work you are doing identifying routes and with your guidebook. It will be a valuable tool for us to assist with access for rescue at hanging rock and neighboring climbing areas.
    Thanks again and stay safe.
    Glen

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    • Glen – Thanks for the encouragement. Hopefully you guys won’t have to use the book for rescue purposes that often, but it will be there when you need it!

  9. Jen

    Great blog! My soon to be hubby and I love the outdoors and would love to have a family and continue our outdoor passions as well! I really needed to see your blog to know that yes you can integrate both :) will continue to follow your blog! Great job!!

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  10. Sonia

    Love Pierre’s term…”cragrats” =) We have two of them. Our daughter, 2 yrs old now, went on her first climbing trip to The New (all the way from upstate NY!) right after she turned one. She could basically boulder before she could walk. Not bragging, just speaking the truth =) We also have a 5 1/2 month old son who will soon follow in his sister’s footsteps. Both dad and I are thinking that we better hit the crags more often, because before you know it, they’ll both be stronger than us!

    Hope to meet you someday and have a crag-date/play-date =)

    Sonia
    Mom to Sun-Ah and Tru

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  11. hey erica,
    great to come across your blog via the athleta chi site. it brought back fond memories of my climbing days in north carolina. i used to live in winston salem. a co-worker and his wife introduced me to climbing…a way to release stress from our corporate jobs.(thankfully i am now self-employed as a yoga teacher and writer) it was love at first toe hook. loved hanging rock and stone mtn.
    best to you….kellen
    p.s. my blog is http://www.kellenbrugman.wordpress.com, should you care to take a look. i used to do classes, “yoga for rock climbers”.

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  12. Awesome blog! Just came across it from a twitter friend. I subscribed. Keep up the good work!

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  13. Awesome! The very first time that I heard of the words CragMama and CragBaby.

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  14. Just found your blog from a Twitter post and love it! We are a rock climbing family too (my husband just built a climbing wall for our kid’s room!) and have started a blog to use as a wellness circle of sorts. I’m going to email you. :)

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  15. I love your website! I just stumbled upon your site while researching child carriers. Great job! My wife and I have a one year old and we also love doing all of the outdoor adventures with him here in Montana. I especially appreciate and share your beliefs on the wilderness and God’s creation. I feel closest to God when I am in the mountains with my family.

    Again, great site!

    Kind regards,

    Sean Bracken, Esq.

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  16. Erica

    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! Glad to see more and more adventurous moms and dads (and babies!) popping out of the woodworks!

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  17. Jennifer Doherty

    Hi,
    I am Jennifer Doherty, a freelance content writer. I love writing articles as a hobby on topics related to travel, photography, education and sports tour, shopping, hotel, and vacation, party etc. I have checked your site: cragmama.com and found some quite interesting articles on travel with lot of information. I would be really thankful, if you allow me to do relevant informative guest post in your blog. I would like to contribute an informative and relevant article for your site without charging you a penny . I guarantee you that the article will be 100% copyscape protected and will be of around 500 words. There will be “dofollow” links for my site.
    Contact me at writerjennifer.doherty[@]gmail[.]com. Looking forward for a positive reply. :)

    Thanks and regards,
    Jennifer

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  18. Love this blog!! My kid is definitely a crag baby! His first trip to the rock gym happened when he was around 6 weeks old and his first outdoor climbing trip happened sometime before he was 3 months old! So good to find like-minded mamas out there!

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  19. George

    Fantastic blog! Good to see that many more folks are in the same boat (little one on the way – two months away), and that the resourceful don’t give in to the excuses that the majority of new parents do.

    Keep up the good work and the writing! (but pleeease put a helmet on poor C at the base of the wall – a dropped quickdraw or cam from above, or a broken hold, is like a missile – it’s all it takes)

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  20. Brenna

    Thank you so much for the time and effort in creating this site. My husband and I are both climbers, and have to little girls that are also cragbabies. We have our third due in July. I am still running, climbing, and teaching my children the joys of their bodies and being outside. We are currently stationed here in North Carolina (originally from Utah… ) and I honestly just needed this kick in my brain today to remind me that we can make regular climbing trips much more of a routine than it has become.
    In Utah the climbing trips were easy because we had tons of friends that climbed with their kids…
    North Carolina – not so much. It has been much trickier taking our girls out here without all the fellow climbing families around to help lend a hand/spot/belay.

    Anyhow, thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. Erica

    Julia – Not sure how I missed your comment a few months ago, but welcome! Always good to cyber-meet another cragmama :)

    George – Thanks for the encouragement, and congrats on your newest addition! As far as the helmet goes, we always have one with us, and are sure to put it on C whenever we are in areas with loose rock or if he is situated in the “drop zone” with regards to gear/rock/etc.

    Brenna – Where in NC are you? Would love to cross paths some time!

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  22. Although my 2 boys are older (10 and 12) now it is great to see families not afraid to “get out there” with their little ones. Even 12 years ago camping in the mountains of Colorado with a 4 month old was not as common. We are currently living over seas but I cannot wait to return to Colorado at the end of the summer so we can return to our outdoor adventure ways. My boys and I look forward to returning to our climbing which we have been away from for too long.
    Thanks again for giving new mamas the courage to incorporate their little ones into their outdoor lifestyles.
    Cheyenne

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    • Erica

      Cheyenne – It does seem that more and more families are getting out there and adventuring. Refreshing, isn’t it! Thanks for the encouragement and best of luck in getting back into climbing this summer!

  23. Andrea

    I love your blog! I am a mother of 10 month old twins and when I came across CragMama I felt that I met a kindred spirit. You’ve inspired me to finally build a bouldering wall in my backyard (I moved to a city with no gym several years ago and the closest gym is almost 2 hours away. :-( ). I thought having babies meant my climbing years were over for a while, but I think we can have two crag babies of our own.

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    • Erica

      Andrea – Double the cragbabies = double the fun. :) Your comment is well-timed as I’ve got an interview coming up with a cragmama of TRIPLETS! Thanks for reading, and best of luck with your cragfamily adventures!

  24. Edward

    Great blog!!
    My wife and I are expecting a baby in a few months and your stories are very inspirational! I love your philosophy and I can’t wait to teach my little one to enjoy the outdoors, climb and nature!
    Even though in my country there are no mountains at all (Holland, flatest country in the world.. :( ) there are plenty of climbing gyms and great climbing areas in Spain and France are a short flight away.

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    • Erica

      Hey Edward,
      Glad you are inspired here, and congratulations on your soon-to-be-here bundle of joy!

  25. CHRIS MASSEY

    Hey, what is the status on the new Piedmont Guidebook? Really looking forward to it. And congratulations and good luck with #2.

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    • Erica

      Hey Chris, Thanks for asking. Everything is with the publisher and last I heard we were on track for sometime this fall. I have seen the finalized drafts of Stone and Crowders and they are looking good. :)

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  28. Brittany

    Hi Cragmama! I just found your blog, and I am so excited that it exists. Currently not a cragmama (craglady?), but will be excited to keep reading about your life, kids, and hard sends! BTW I hope you enjoyed Sauratown, I was there the really beautiful, sunny, and warm weekend and had a great time (except for the approach).
    Good luck with everything! Brittany

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