Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun!

Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun!

by Jeff Alt

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Hiking is a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy time with your family. Bringing your kids along can be rewarding for you and for them, but it can also add new challenges and concerns to your trip. Get Your Kids Hiking is loaded with everything you need to know to hit the trail with kids; from gear to simple proven techniques that will make your hike safe and fun. Written with both the novice and the seasoned hiker in mind, Jeff Alt provides all the information you need to take your child out on the trail.

This books offers:

  • Age-appropriate ways to include your child in all aspects of the hike
  • Checklists of what to pack for any type of hike
  • Kid-friendly menus
  • Advice for hiking with a child who has special needs.

Get Your Kids Hiking is the playbook to inspire an appreciation for the great outdoors in your children and keep your young child or teenager interested in a family hiking trip.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825306914
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP, and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. He is the author of Four Boots One JourneyGet Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for SunshineA Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. Get Your Kids Hiking won the Bronze in both the 2014 Living Now Book Awards, and the 2013 IndieFab Award in Family and Relationships. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.

Table of Contents

1 Give Your Kids Those First Steps on the Trail

And You Will Give Them a Skill and a Healthy Habit That Will Last a Lifetime 1

2 Start 'Em Young, Really Young

Hiking Fun with Your Infant: Birth to Six Months 7

3 Precious Pounds on Your Back

Explore the Outdoors with Your Baby and Toddler: Six to Thirty-Six Months 23

4 Child-Directed Hiking

Discovering the Trail with Your Preschooler: Three to Four Years 37

5 Adding Miles

Covering More Ground with Your School-Age Hiker: Five to Twelve Years 47

6 The Capstone Hiking Years

Reaching New Heights with Your Teenager: Thirteen to Eighteen Years 61

7 Everyone Has a Place on the Trail

Including the Hiker with Special Needs 75

8 See You in a Few Days!

Backpacking with Kids 87

9 Think Food! Think Water! Think Fun!

Tips and Menus for Drinking and Dining Out, Literally, on the Trail 97

10 No Bites! No Bum!

Keep Your Kids Safe from Bugs and Sun 109

11 Becoming a Seasoned Hiking Caregiver

Some Skills and a Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way on the Trail 117

12 Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

Clothing, Packs, Footwear, Sleeping Bags, Stoves, and More 139

13 Hike with a Team

Utilize the Amazing Services and Resources Offered by Our Parks and Trail Associations 157

14 Not Me, but Us

Thoughts for Seasoned Hikers and All Caregivers Hiking with Kids 165

Glossary 173

Appendix 1 Day-Hiking Gear Checklist for the Caregiver 177

Appendix 2 Backpacking Gear Checklist for the Caregiver 181

Appendix 3 Gear Checklist for the Birth to Six-Month-Old Hiker 185

Appendix 4 Gear Checklist for the Six- to Thirty-Six-Month-Old Hiker 188

Appendix 5 Gear Checklist for the Three- to Four-Year-Old Hiker 192

Appendix 6 Day-Hiking Gear Checklist for the Five-to Twelve-Year-Old 195

Appendix 7 Backpacking Gear Checklist for the Five-to Twelve-Year-Old 199

Appendix 8 Day-Hiking Gear Checklist for the Thirteen-to Eighteen-Year-Old 203

Appendix 9 Backpacking Gear Checklist for the Thirteen-to Eighteen-Year-Old 207

Appendix 10 First-Aid Kit 211

Appendix 11 "Take a Hike" Song Lyrics 214

Suggested Reading 216

Resource List 218

Acknowledgments 225

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