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.
— Lindsay Whitehurst
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