By the Numbers
How much can your child handle?
|3-4 years||nada||1 mile or so||The ultimate exercise in patience|
|5-6 years||5 lbs.||2-4 miles||Expect lots of rest stops|
|7-11 years||10-20% of body weight||5-7 miles||Keep the candy handy|
|12 years and older||20-25% of body weight||Up to 7 miles||They can physically hike more miles, but keep it mellow. You want them to have fun right?|
*These numbers can vary greatly, depending on terrain and the child’s stamina and energy level.
The Big Top
Invest in a family-size tent
Bunkroom, portable playroom, dressing room, bug and rain refuge. It’s impossible to over-emphasize the beauty of a big, comfortable, weatherworthy tent. A good bet: the Big Agnes Big House 4. It’s roomy enough for two adults plus three little kids (or two big ones), yet light enough to haul into the backcountry (10 lbs. 8 oz) when split between two adults. Plenty of mesh keeps things cool, two doors ensure ample access, and a built-in welcome mat reminds kids to leave muddy boots at the door. The three-pole configuration is easy to set up and results in a palatial 5 3/4 feet of headroom. bigagnes.com.