Sunday, March 18, 2012

Limit elevation gains for younger children

Limit elevation gains to 500 feet for elementary school
children who are day hiking. Photo courtesy
North Cascades NPS.
For teenagers, peakbagging or hiking to a mountain’s summit, can be fun. The younger the child, though, and you’ll want to avoid switchbacks and large elevation gains.

Simply put, the younger the flatter. A single high knoll can wear out a three-year-old kid who otherwise could handle a mile of flat ground.

If the child is walking, limit elevation gains to 500 feet for older elementary school children and to even less for preschoolers.

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g Check weather report before heading out on day hike

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.