My family and I did some great hiking at Lake Louise recently and it got me to thinking about hiking as a family.
When my twins were babies we hiked with them in their Baby Bjorn carriers. They weighed around 10lbs and were pretty easy to carry. Luckily, they liked to sleep whenever we carried them this way.
When the twins were toddlers we moved them into backpack carriers. They liked sitting up high and being able to look out over top of us as we hiked. As they started to weigh closer to 30lbs it became challenging…
This year my twins are 6 years old and we are learning about how to hike with them at this age.. It’s more about the carrot and the stick for them than it is about enjoying nature but in the end we all get what we want. The kids get to eat candies on the way up the mountain and my husband and I are able to enjoy the scenery.
I love seeing other families find creative ways to hike with kids at any age. Here is a quick photo I snapped of a Chariot carrier making its way up the Mirror Lake hike at Lake Louise.
My kids reached a very cool milestone this weekend in Banff.
We have been hiking with our twins since they were 3 months old. We started out by each wearing one of them in a front facing Baby Bjorn carrier. When they got a little bigger we moved them to the MEC baby backpacks. We used our backpacks until the kids were 3 years old!
On Sunday, my husband and I decided that our backs could no longer support 40lbs each. It was finally time to try hiking with the kids without any child carriers.
We had a plan to make the trip ‘up’ pretty relaxed, not trying to get there quickly. We played “I Spy”, stopped for lots of water breaks AND each kid got 1 piggy back ride from me as we got closer to the summit.
When we made it to the top of Tunnell Mountain and looked out over the town of Banff I felt so proud of the kids. My husband and I agreed that we need to keep these family Hikes part of our leisure time together. It was a great experience for all of us!
My desire to get back into hiking was spurred on by a recent post on Savvy Mom’s website http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/newsletter/cal_summ-it/1. Heart Creek Trail is next on my list with the kids!