Menna Pritchard, 26, of Llanwrda, whose blog about climbing has courted questions about the safety of her 2-year-old daughter, Ffion, during the climbs, said she has been scaling cliffs with the girl in tow since she was 4 months old, the Western Mail, Cardiff, Wales, reported Tuesday.
"I bought my first baby carrier when I was six months pregnant and Ffion's first summit was Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons when she was 4 months old. She slept through the whole thing. She was in a front carrier at that time and it really was incredibly safe. Safety is always paramount," Pritchard said.
"The thing that provoked the most controversy was a picture I had posted online of me rock climbing with Ffion on my back. I can appreciate if you didn't realize how safe the environment I was in, it could be worrying, but I was top-roping which means if you fall you don't fall any further than where you came off. It is the safest form of climbing you can do. I was also in a beach environment surrounded by experienced climbers," she said.
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