The Insiders Guide to Family Camping
If you haven't climbed a mountain since the Cardinals won a World Series (that would be 1982), please don't try to make your children summit 14,162-foot Mount Shasta. Take day hikes around your neck of the woods weeks before your outing. Prior to a backpacking jaunt, we always climb nearby Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire, schlepping our loaded packs to give us a taste before the main course. If your kids are too young to carry their own packs or can't possibly make it up and down mountains, take them on a canoe-camping trip that doesn't include a portage. This way, mom and dad don't have to play Sherpa and carry everyone's cargo. You can simply throw all the gear in the hull of the canoe and paddle onward. And, if you've been paying attention, you know to practice your stroke at the local lake, so Junior can hold his own when canoeing into a stiff wind.
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