Jeff Alt has some hiking-with-kids credentials: He walked a 50-mile path in Ireland with his wife, young daughter and extended family, and took his son on his first hike at age 8 weeks.
The Cincinnati-based hiking expert, who has also walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail and the 218-mile John Muir trail, has a new book coming out called “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.”
Here is some of his advice:
• Make hiking a routine your kids will look forward to, starting as young as you feel comfortable with baby carriers.
• Pysch ‘em up for adventure with pictures, videos, and highlights from the places they’ll see in books, magazines and online.
• Explore with them! Walk at their pace and stop to explore bugs, leafs, rocks — whatever strikes their fancy.
• Tailor hiking to their interests with hiking gadgets like GPS for a tech-savvy kid or a bug catcher for a child interested in biology.
• Make up games like scavenger huts or ISpy to keep kids interested on the trail.
All right Utah parents, spill. What are you secrets for hiking with kids? Comment below, send us a Tweet to @UtahHikes or visit our Facebook page.
— Lindsay Whitehurst
Are you an expecting hiker?
Last year, reporter Erin Alberty wrote some tips for pregnant women who hike. http://bit.ly/RkgZqA