The Insiders Guide to Family Camping
Any parent who's done his fair share of backpacking can't wait to hit the trail, do a good 12-mile clip, and reach that stellar lean-to in the sky. Just a friendly reminder: You're not with your buddies. You're leading children into the wilderness and they don't have the expertise or the stamina of your friends. With kids under five, you'll be lucky to hit the two-mile markand that includes stopping every 20 minutes. From ages five to seven, you can probably stretch your days hike to four miles, again with plenty rest stops. When your child reaches the age of eight, the real fun begins. Depending on their endurance, you should be able to do a good seven- to ten-mile hike. Rest, enjoy the views, reenergize, share your wisdom of the world, learn to know your children. Most importantly, have some patience and dont push them beyond their limits. Let them surprise you about how much they can accomplish, like the time Melanie made it to the top of 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield in Vermont at the age of five. Or when Jake insisted on lighting the campfire and cooking us dinner in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Sure, the noodles were overcooked. But everything tastes good with Ragu.
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