Jun 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm #1275531
@mtn_nutLocale: Morrison, CO
Two weekends ago i took my three year old on her first camping trip, and i decided to make it into a very short backpacking trip. there are designated campsites up along the big south fork of the poudre river, and the first site is a little over a mile from the trail head. she did extremely well, and kept plenty warm.
a few things to note. i should have brought more snacks and treats. I'll be bringing stuff for making s'mores or banana boats next time. Also, bringing a few of her books with her made her feel right at home in the tent.
i had her carry her sleeping bag, which i thought was enough since she weighs ~40 lbs (she's pretty big/tall for her age) and her pack weighed around 3 lbs.
I also got to try out my bushbuddy ultra. it worked really well and im hooked.Jun 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm #1750054
Great memories of our kids and the Poudre, glad to see you're starting her off well! And be assured it will stick with her – I've been out hiking with all three of my adult children recently, and am going again with my oldest daughter next weekend. May you have as many joyful years ahead of you as I've had!
p.s. She's a cutie! And carrying that pack, she looks like a real mountain girl!Jun 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm #1750057
te – waParticipant
rockin the capris… love it.
i find jello "no bake" cherry cheesecake to be worth every ounce.
our kids are going out w/ us this weekend.
your report is good inspiration.Jun 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm #1750228
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
AWESOME!Jun 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm #1750235
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Great trip report. I am a big advocate of getting kids out in the wilderness. My daughter never really liked backpacking, but my son does. Both are adults now. But both liked camping in campgrounds, which we did every summer on vacation.
Little toys help a lot at that age, along with frequent stops. I can still remember a few things from our 1st daughter/father trip over 20 years ago (she was about the same age as yours)… wish I had taken a camera like you did. :(
My daughter hated campground toilets at that age, and once down the trail it dawned on me that cat holes might be a huge problem. But when she saw we could burn toilet paper, she had to go about every 30 minutes. The other was when it was time to cook dinner she said, "Daddy you don't know how to cook, because mommy always does it. I am going to have to cook for you." So meals were a lot of fun, as I let her help.
Keep taking her out, don't push her, and TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES. Blink an eye, and they grow up and leave home (hopefully) !!
Thanks for the pictures, they brought a lot of smiles here.Jun 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm #1750240
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
+1 on what Nick said.
Started out my daughter at 2.5 yrs.
She really does not care for it now at age 8, but I am hoping that once she gets older and is more willing to be separated from mom, she might want to take some trips with her old man. :)
Cute girl you have and she is lucky to have a dad who is willing to get her out there to hopefully develop an appreciation of the outdoors.
-TonyJun 17, 2011 at 1:18 am #1750267
Mike In SocalParticipant
This is awesome! I love seeing little kids out camping/backpacking. It gives me inspiration to plan more trips. Logistics are a lot different for a family of 8, however, so I think I'll try to take just a couple kids at a time.Jun 17, 2011 at 5:31 am #1750289
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Yes, loved this. Beautiful kid.Jun 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #1750378
@mtn_nutLocale: Morrison, CO
@ Nick – i was surprised that she was actually excited to go to the bathroom outside. when she first asked where the bathroom was, i told her she could just squat and pee anywhere she wanted, which she thought was really funny. the next day she excitedly told her mom and her grandma all about it.
For this hike i brought a small plastic ziploc for the used TP so it could be thrown away after hiking out, but i might just burn it for entertainment purposes now.Jun 17, 2011 at 11:05 am #1750382
Awesome post and pics Ted. This gives me inspiration for my daughter who is now 4 months! I can't wait to go backpacking with her!Jun 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm #1750547
@chrisgoldbergLocale: Rocky Mountains
Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
I've got 3.5 and 5 year old girls that have been putting in 3+ mile day hikes so I decided this would be the year to get them started with a few easy overnighters.
Thinking I might start them off with a short trip on the St. Vrain trail near Boulder.
Later in the summer I've got a RMNP backcountry permit for Fern Lake – a 4 miler that should provide a full day of trail fun.
Keep us posted on any future trips and pointers you pick up along the way!Jun 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm #1754154
Love it! She is such a cutie and looks like she had a blast :)Jun 29, 2011 at 6:37 am #1754274
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
I agree the best trips are the ones with the little ones. I'll be taking my three older girls, 9, 8, 6 up the San Jacinto range this weekend. There's nothing like it. I've even gotten several other dads into the trips and backpacking since being here on BPL. They love it. In fact, my office wall is covered in BP photos of the kids. (Also a family of 8) I can't wait till they're all old enough to go with the wife and I and we can make a little tent city. Regards, and Kudos for not being the playstation or xbox daddy. They will remember it for a long time. *with trail names… my older loves to go in the woods, hence her name "European". (No offense to the Europe folks)
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