Hi there! How are you all? Does anyone take their little ones hiking with them? While in Hawaii last month we went on some short hiking adventures and really seemed to enjoy them. We would love to continue them and would love to share (I guess glean from) experiences of other families.
Amanda and family
Haven't taken my kids hiking yet. My daughter is 3 and son is 2. I have however taken them camping. They love it. They walk on some trails but don't last very long. Keeping them focused on wild life really helps.
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Berni and Family
We have been hiking with our daughter since she was one week old. She is now 4 years, and her brother is 1 year old. We always get out at least once a month, and we prefer "real" hiking trails with tree roots and rocks(as opposed to paved walks through woods). We carried our daughter in a backpack (Vaude) until we was 3-1/2, believe it or not. My husband is very strong, and our daughter always loved to be carried -- she would sometimes go several hours in the pack. We have hiked with our children with pack animals, and with just ourselves, in canyons, mountains, deserts, etc. Now we are living in Vienna, and our daughter is hiking on her own, finally. Now that she is under her own power, we have to be creative about keeping her motivated, and not have too many expectations. We found that she adores hikes that require stairs and bridges and ladders. She will run downhill on a trail for several kilometers, but say she's "tired" if she's hiking just a few meters uphill on a normal trail.... Our son didn't love the pack at first, but now he is getting used to it, and even sleeping there. It just takes time and patience. We believe that our children really benefit from being out of doors in nature -- as do we! Keep up the hiking. If you ever decide to come to Austria, look us up. :-)
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