My daughter has been talking about learning to climb and I would like to encourage her (while keeping her as safe as possible). However I know absolutely nothing about climbing and my daughter is only 7 years old right now. My questions are as follows:
1) What are some of the risks associated with climbing? (Other than the obvious risk of falling.)
2) Where would I start looking for places for her to learn from? I have no idea how to tell if any place offering climbing instruction is quality or not. What should I be looking for? Are books a good start for now or should I be looking for more hands on instruction? Okay, that was 3 questions rolled into one, but they're all of the same vein.
3) As climbers, do you think it would be wise to wait a while before getting her involved in climbing pursuits or do you think it is ok for her to start learning the basics now? On the one hand, I'm all for kids pursuing their intrests, but on the other hand I'm wondering if this is the type of thing better left until she's a bit older.
4) Are there any books or links you can recommend about climbing in general or El Capitan specifically? Climbing El Capitan is her ultimate dream.
Any other information you think would be useful is welcome. Thanks!