Erica and Steve Lineberry have been rock climbing since 2005. They were first introduced to it while visitng family in Montana. Now they are at climbing centers, like Inner Peaks in Charlotte, three times a week, and on weekends they climb outdoors.
“We’ve been to Mexico, we’ve been to Utah…”, Steve said.
Steve said they first started climbing as a part of their exercise regimen. It was fun and better than lifting weights. Years later, he’s lost 60 pounds. But as the couple’s interest in the sport grew, they took on some mentors and starting climbing outdoors.
Then…Erica got pregnant. “Most people assume that rock climbing and pregnancy don’t go very well together,” Erica said. But with lots of places to go on their bucket list, Erica kept climbing through her pregnancy. Then her son, Canaan, was born…she says the baby immediately started participating in the family sport. “He went to the gym the first time with us I think at four weeks old, and then we took our first outdoor trip, just a day trip, at six weeks old with him.”
Now Canaan is three-years-old, and Erica is once again pregnant: 7 months along. During her first pregnancy she blogged about climbing while pregnant. She said it was because as she researched information about it, it was hard to come back.
Now her Cragmama.com website is a top resource for families who rock climb. Erica said, “I think a lot of people will say, we’ll wait a few years until we get into an easier age or a easier life phase with your kid. And I think if you wait for that you’re going to wait forever.” Her message to women is to quickly climb back into the things you love; and that your life is not over once you are a mother. Erica, with her baby bump and toddler in tow, proves that you can have your family and adventurous lifestyle too.
“Cragmama” Erica Lineberry is quickly becoming the face of mommy rock climbing. She contributes to a handful of climbing magazines. Outdoor apparel and equipment companies ask her to wear and use their gear. And her website is a popular resource for families who are not only interested in climbing with their children, but also interested in taking on other adventures too. For more information on Cragmama, visit www.cragmama.com