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Last weekend we went with some friends on a backpacking trip with kids just east of Yosemite beneath Mount Conness. I’ve share some before but it’s a whole different ballgame with a baby so I wanted to give more of a play by play this time of how it all went down. This is one of my very favorite spots because it feels really remote and exposed but easy to get to with kids (and it involves a fun boat ride!). Our friends have two boys ages 4 and 2. Henry is 6 and Edie is 10 months. Each of those ages poses different challenges when you backpack but it’s totally doable.

So, let’s do it a different way: we’d like to offer some ideas and insights for parents that have not yet made the plunge into backpacking with their kids and are still blessed with naiveté. At the same time, maybe we can help those that have already experienced the pain and rage of doing it the hard way. And hopefully, even you moms and dads capable of planning and executing flawless adventures with your kids can extract some tidbits to help you on your next hike. (Note: if you fall into this last category, don’t tell anybody – they won’t believe you).

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  • Sling Lady May 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Elena, sounds like you guys have been super hikers! That is awesome. We got our Kelty as a hand me down, and it always worked fine, but I’ve heard great things about the Deuter II. Sadly, our hiking slowed down a lot with number two and we never did get out backpacking with both kids. I think it really depends on the infant, though! My daughter was a touchy sleeper and I never felt confident about taking her overnight. That being said, I would have absolutely done it with an infant whose temperament was more mellow. So you may have to wait and see! If you are hiking with a really young one, then I think either of the Beco Carriers would be an awesome choice.

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Lehigh Gap AT Loop Backpacking with Kids

Hiking and backpacking with kids! Taking your children with you into the backcountry can be an exciting and rewarding adventure for children and parents, alike. I have been taking my 5-year old grandson with me on overnight backpacking trips and he can easily hike, by himself, a 5-mile approach to our intended basecamp. We just slip him a Tiger's Milk bar every once in awhile and he's good to go. He's got his own gear, including sleeping bag and loves sleeping in the tent.

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