Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
Here's my munchkin with Berg Lake and the Berg glacier in the background. She carried her pack up and down, and made the 23km out in a single push. Quite a trooper, just turned 7 this summer.
At Rearguard Camp, the best tent pad in the park. The Mutha Hubba is a palace for two grown-ups and a kid!
Terrible pic, but that's our little family on top of Parker's Ridge. Munchkin was just shy of 4 and passed no shortage of people about to go into cardiac arrest on the way up. Pretty embarassing being passed by a pre-schooler!
Age 6, spring backpack to Poboktan Creek. Stopped there as it did not stop raining for two days. Huddled under the tarp and ate...
This winter she's going to learn downhill skiing (prep for Alpine Touring!!) and nordic skiing. Next summer we're thinking of doing some super-low-risk glacier travel. I met a Yam guide last summer that takes kids as young as 5-6 on glaciers using instep crampons. Brilliant! Maybe just a little cruise on a snow-free section somewhere with a little group of us. We'll see.
my son ray, also started hiking in minnekada, around 4 and 5,great place for young kids to learn hiking, now he is 12 and can hike all day, and carry his own pack , which realy helps me now, here he is hiking up the side of a mountain, after a 3 hours of hiking.
Although my kids are not toddlers anymore, they did start out very young. My son started backpacking at the age of 4 -- nothing big, a few nights at Lindeman Lake -- he carried a backpack with his teddy bear in it. By age six, he was able to hike three days into the Stein Valley with me. My daughters both did a bit of backpacking and camping at early ages as well. All of my kids have been paddling for the past few years and both of my daughters started paddling their own kayaks this past year. My son is nearly 15 and has paddled since he was 6. All of my kids spent a lot of time in the front of a double kayak before heading out in singles on their own.
My 12 year old in a single kayak for the first time last summer:
Both of my daughters playing around in kayaks:
Youngest daughter feeling pretty comfortable in a kayak:
It's really nice to see others getting their kids involved in outdoor activities at a young age. It's something possitive that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
My nephew (16 month) really wanted to try on uncle Deeks fully loaded Bora 80 when I stopped by the other day. We've gotta work on the pack fit but we'll get there. He'll be on the trail soon enough & given the stuff he gets into already, he'll be climbing in no time.