Sunday, May 10, 2015
How young is too young for the backcountry?
So where's the sweet spot, in age versus itinerary, in what you do with your kids at what ages?
Well, that's a hard question to answer, as there are almost an infinite number of variables at play there. My almost second-grader wants to hike the Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park. Can she do it? Probably, but it'll take everything she has, I'd imagine. Can I bring her brother? No way in h-e-double hockey sticks. There are some hardcore folks out there that WILL do stuff like that, or attempt to, but I think you really have to be realistic about those sorts of things and say, no. Unless you are particularly hardcore, that's just setting yourself up for failure.
Colorado Mountain Mom),
You won't be able to do that wicked backcountry stretch right now, but hey, that's okay. Really, it is. I know that a lot of this seems like common sense, but, unfortunately, it seems like common sense is an uncommon virtue these days. Backcountry trips can be a lot harder than they seem, which is why you need to undertake the right preparation for 'em. You don't have to be scared by it, just do it in manageable chunks like this, and you'll be able to get your kids started and ease them into getting outside, experiencing camping and the outdoors, before taking the big step and hitting the backcountry in full.
Posted by James at 8:39 AM