Father and Son on Mèsola

Father and Son on Mèsola

An Italian father-and-son team on the ferrata up the east peak of la Mèsola. In the background the Sassongher and the Central Alps. Photo by Karen Fjerdingstad.
Ejnar Fjerdingstad
on Jun 25, 2006 9:57 am
Image Type(s): Rock Climbing
Image ID: 202492


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tuntun - Jan 26, 2007 10:42 am - Voted 10/10


Really wonderful photo. Including men clibing and beautiful cloud all over the impressive mountains.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Jan 27, 2007 11:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Ohh

Many thanks for the comment from my wife and me. Yes, we were very fortunate with the weather that day.


camartinez - Mar 21, 2007 3:14 pm - Voted 10/10

Love it

I will keep this picture for my son, I would like he can join me someday...Althought I know he doesn´t like at all....

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 21, 2007 6:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Love it

Thanks for the comment. The son in the photo, who couldn't have been more than 8 or 10 years old, was very eager and climbed surprisingly well - we had met them shortly before.

Andrej Mašera

Andrej Mašera - Mar 21, 2007 7:39 pm - Voted 10/10

It's stupid and irresponsible

to take a 8- year-old boy on the via ferrata like Ferrata delle Trincee. The whole responsibility lies on his overambitious father. The boy climbed well OK, but especially in the Dolomites, I noticed even another events involving children on difficult mountain tracks.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 22, 2007 1:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: It's stupid and irresponsible

Harsh words, and I think not fair. We spent 15 or 20 minutes talking with them. The father was very fit, athletic, and obviously experienced, the boy completely confident, happy and not one bit tired, both had all necessary equipment. I have also seen people with children behaving irresponsibly in the mountains, but not this happy couple.

Ice Man Jerry Van

Ice Man Jerry Van - Mar 8, 2008 6:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: It's not stupid and irresponsible

I agree with you Ejnar sometimes poeple see what is in the picture only and judge that only. I have been a outdoors adventureous person my whole life and with that you learn the dangers and the resposiblity that comes with those dangers. I as a parent started my children in the outdoors at a young age not forcing them on adventures but taking them on adventures that they could learn about the dangers , there were times we had to turn around because of natures certain storms and also my kids sometimes not wanting to listen to what I would have to say to them about these dangers. So we would have to come back another day when they would listen. I recently returned from Canada climbing multi pitch ice climbs with my son who is 28 years old and he still thanks me for my teaching him the ways of being safe and to avoid most dangers of the outdoors. I started him climbing when he was 8 years old and took him on hikes when he was old enough to walk. I have great respect for that father in the way he is teaching his son. I hpoe they can enjoy a life time of those kind of adventures and thank you very much for showing those on summit. Chees and best of luck to you and your wife. from The ice man Jerry

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 10, 2008 11:45 am - Hasn't voted

Re: It's not stupid and irresponsible

Thank you Jerry for the comments and your wishes. Yes, as you say, and as I see it, the father in this photo was actually doing a great job teaching his son how to move in steep rock on a ferrata. From what we heard from the father he had taken his son gradually on more difficult stretches, and there could be absolutely no doubt that the son enjoyed it. He will remember all his life how his father introduced him to mountains and climbing, and they will probably be able to climb together for decades to come, like you with your son.
Best wishes from us,


rpc - Mar 21, 2007 8:28 pm - Voted 10/10

very beautiful shot!

enjoyed it.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 22, 2007 1:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: very beautiful shot!

Thank you!


cedad - Jan 29, 2008 11:15 am - Voted 10/10


The presence of humans gives feeling to this picture.
Thanks for sharing

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Jan 29, 2008 4:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Compliments

Thank you, yes I think you are right about the two!


lcarreau - Feb 7, 2008 12:48 pm - Voted 10/10

You have to

start them out young. If you don't,
they will lose respect for themselves
and their neighbors; they will lose
respect for the ground they walk upon.

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Feb 7, 2008 4:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: You have to

Well, yes, we had our children on their first mountain, Flattop in the Rocky Mountain National Park when they were four and two and a half years old. When they were eleven and nine they were on top of the Wildspitze in Austria, but still none of them climb now!

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