ClubTread Community

ClubTread Community (https://forums.clubtread.com/)
-   Alberta Hiking (https://forums.clubtread.com/31-alberta-hiking/)
-   -   Skyline Trail with a kid/teenager (https://forums.clubtread.com/31-alberta-hiking/84434-skyline-trail-kid-teenager.html)

Kokanee75 07-17-2017 10:49 PM

Skyline Trail with a kid/teenager
 
Today I was lucky to grab permits for the Skyline Trail (cancellations!). I want to attempt that with a 12 year old, almost 13. He is a very sensible, kind person but still a kid - almost a teenager. And not used to the Canadian wilderness and never went hiking as far as I know (he is sportive). Any tips how to make this hike an enjoyable experience for him? (he is a perfect camper, doesn’t need a pillow and sleeps perfectly on hard ground. He is a nature lover, just made a study on how to repel snails from garden plants without chemicals (coffee ground works best)).

I feel confident but also a bit nervous. (would have loved to do Berg Lake, more families, but the dates don’t fit – yet). Unfortunately I don’t know the Skyline Trail myself. But I guess it’s pretty easy overall besides the last boring stretch – we'll start from Maligne Lake, 3 nights.

kellymcdonald78 07-18-2017 06:56 PM

Does he have much experience with backpacking? I've been backpacking with my kids since they were 4 and 5, and while the first ones were short (~4km to Point in Kananakis), we've since done Three Isle Lake (when they were 6 and 7) and Iceline in Yoho (when they were 7 and 8). You might be surprised with what kids can do. I find picking out some food rewards (special dessert for example) can make a big difference. Also allow lots of time for them to play (skip rocks, build things etc)

Gussmall 07-18-2017 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kokanee75 (Post 799866)
Today I was lucky to grab permits for the Skyline Trail (cancellations!). I want to attempt that with a 12 year old, almost 13. He is a very sensible, kind person but still a kid - almost a teenager. And not used to the Canadian wilderness and never went hiking as far as I know (he is sportive). Any tips how to make this hike an enjoyable experience for him? (he is a perfect camper, doesn’t need a pillow and sleeps perfectly on hard ground. He is a nature lover, just made a study on how to repel snails from garden plants without chemicals (coffee ground works best)).

I feel confident but also a bit nervous. (would have loved to do Berg Lake, more families, but the dates don’t fit – yet). Unfortunately I don’t know the Skyline Trail myself. But I guess it’s pretty easy overall besides the last boring stretch – we'll start from Maligne Lake, 3 nights.

I'm sure he will be fine, I am doing the skyline this year with my 11 year old also over 3 nights in august. For him I find the trick is good treats and ensuring he is relatively comfortqble... which means I carry the majority of the gear to keep his pack light (he carries his clothes, sleeping pad, sleeping bag etc) I envolve him in the planning especially the food (good food is always a pleasent thing on the trail) Generally we take junk to snack on that we never have at home (pop tarts and such) and that keeps his mood high. Over 3 nights that makes most of the days fairly short mileage wise so I will let him set the pace, if he wants to stop every 10 min so be it... jasper has some long day light in the summer. Also for skyline to deal with the mosquitos that are terrible, good bug spray, head net and mosquito coils will help with the comfort.

Kokanee75 07-19-2017 12:11 AM

Thanks! Good the reminder for bug spray... he just told me he doesn't like hiking, but camping :) - until now he only went on a day hike somewhere in boring Austria. And yes, the goal is that I carry everything, he maybe his clothes or so - shouldn't be a huge problem. And I thought go for short days, but it's good to experience some "endurance event". I'll let you know if we bail out or do something else - now camping elsewhere first.

Kokanee75 07-28-2017 12:44 AM

So... we changed plans and went to the Bugaboos. I read there's smoke impairing the views along the Skyline Trail, I thought this walk is too boring for him and most important we got a 4x4 car from the rental company which wasn't planned.

Guess he liked it. He was fast. He didn't like the beans in the dinner but: not tragic! He especially liked the glacier lake and scrambling around in the rocks. He carried the two foam pads (just in case somebody is worried how large his pack is... didn't fit perfectly, too large overall, but even though the shoulders were aching the next day a bit - no problem), his clothes and the tent poles, something around 5 kg, maybe towards 6 kg with the small bottle of water (excited about the fresh cold taste). I would have stopped at the boulder camp but he wanted to go further to the climber's campground. He got a bit cold and tired during the last stretch with snow (his shoes were too light for that) but he knew he has to be a reliable part of the team - no problem! Which he was.

He was even faster going down, a bit bored towards the end perhaps, when is the parking coming. Tired. Overall I think it was a success and we had a very nice time. Okay, he didn't want to do something else afterwards, like going camping elsewhere ;-). He learned that it takes a while to reach the goal (are we almost there? after 45 minutes) and that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. He slept like a baby even though it was quite windy at night (warm first but cold feet during the night, the sleeping bag was too long and I expected that he adjusts such things by himself, brought thicker socks, but he didn't - overall no problem!). Oh, and I forgot the bug spray but the mosquitos weren't too bad in the beginning even though he mentioned them - which I mostly ignored :)

https://abload.de/img/p1070010ohbtn.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070076xab11.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070068p6zg6.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070066weajy.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070031m2aau.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070051odxw7.jpg

https://abload.de/img/p1070081iyx8b.jpg

KARVITK 07-29-2017 02:24 PM

Thanks for sharing Kokanee75; looks like a wonderful trip and all worked well for you both. Some really great pictures and a fun read.

Your experience with pictures is certainly worthy of a trip report, would like to see it there.

Thanks


K

SarcasticMarmot 08-04-2017 10:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KARVITK (Post 802434)
Thanks for sharing Kokanee75; looks like a wonderful trip and all worked well for you both. Some really great pictures and a fun read.

Your experience with pictures is certainly worthy of a trip report, would like to see it there.

Thanks


K

I second that trip report request!


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:38 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome