Plenty of breaks to plan is very important – the mountains can be an experience for the whole family. Careful planning is essential, however, so as not to arouse displeasure. It is essential to set a suitable route, plan for sufficient breaks, pack appropriate equipment and provisions, and obtain weather information.
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Walking with the baby
It does not matter to a baby, whether you carry it through the city or the mountains, it is important to him that it feels your closeness. The German Alpine Association recommends for baby in the first months of life a stomach stretcher for hiking.
From about the ninth month you can also choose a Kraxe. This is a backpack that is ideally equipped with a sunscreen. Your child should already be safe when transporting in a Kraxe.
When walking with the baby, it is up to you to assess your powers correctly. Even a few kilograms in a comfortable stretcher can consume over a more extended period.
To put your baby in a buggy for hiking is proving to be unfortunate in the mountains: Already medium climbs uphill can be a challenge and for the child, it is not without risk if the stroller is accidentally let go.
It is recommended not to exceed 2,000 vertical meters with babies and small children because the oxygen-poor mountain air makes breathing difficult.
Also, rapid height changes should be avoided, as small children are sensitive to the thus triggered ear pressure. Per hour 150 meters difference in height should be considered as a limit on gradients.
In kindergarten age
Now your child is more active – it can walk itself. Now it depends on the condition of the child in which stages breaks are necessary. Some quite small climbers can walk a route of three to four hours.
As a general rule, breaks should be scheduled every 60 to 90 minutes so as not to overwhelm your child. It will be a beautiful day trip.
If you are planning a trip book after the specified walking time, please note that this is for adults. For children, the German Alpine Club gives the following formula as a guideline:
Specified walking time x 1.5 = estimated walking time with the child
For example, for a distance of two hours, you need to schedule about three hours plus breaks with your child.
In addition to the condition above all, it is essential that you choose a varied route. If your child is bored, the motivation quickly falls. Already the feet begin to hurt, and it says “I can not anymore.”
As soon as it gets interesting, it suddenly starts a sudden regeneration.
A forest road without scenic surroundings and smaller slopes can make your child uninteresting.
Keep up with the excitement on the go by searching for walking sticks, counting snails along the way, and the like, making the walk a pleasure for your child.
You can also come up with stories together about the magic trails you walk and the rock formations along the way, where dwarfs live.
Depending on the chosen route, it may be a good idea to think ahead about a motto for the hike – maybe you will see exciting animals on the way, then explore the exciting wildlife of the mountains on your excursion.
The breaks during hiking are used for recreation, but your child should also not be bored. Ideally, you choose non-dangerous places for your milestones where your child can play and look around.
While adults may prefer to sit down to rest comfortably, many children want to move again after a short break – but informally. That too is a way of recovery.
When hiking with a child, the motto is: the way is the goal. It makes less sense to want to reach a specific peak when the road to it is bound up with wailing and frustration.
For longer distances, suitable footwear is essential for camping. This should already be worn in to avoid blisters, bruises and aching feet. Of course, this applies to children and adults alike.
The right clothing depends on the weather – in the sunshine a good UV protection is required, in cooler weather a warm jacket, in damp weather water-repellent clothing.
If the weather is light, just the right clothes in your luggage. Take your child in the backpack with you on the hike; it freezes faster than you.
On the other hand, you may well start to sweat while wearing it. Changing clothes is therefore recommended.
Of course, on the way, it’s essential to drink a lot. Here you can enjoy the mineral water and unsweetened tea. For the tasting, you can prepare sandwiches and hard-boiled eggs, even fruits to satisfy hunger in between.
If there are scratches and scratches on the way, a small first aid kit is essential. Take plasters, bandages and wound spray with you to be able to provide immediate care for any injuries.
Also, a cell phone should be included for emergencies. A good map of the area in your luggage is also advisable.
Finally, you need a backpack to stow everything and transport well. This should not have too much weight and be comfortable in the back.
Of course, when planning the route, you should be careful not to choose a dangerous route. Small slopes are fine, steep passages with hazardous climbs are unsuitable.
Mindfulness is the order of the day on the way: your child should always be within sight, and at a steeper place within reach.
About the weather, you have certainly informed in advance. Keep an eye on the sky, because the weather forecast is not always right. In no case should you continue the hike when a storm or thunderstorm approaches?
- When walking with a child, careful planning is essential:
- choose child- and age-appropriate route
- avoid boredom
- take sufficient breaks at suitable places
- take appropriate clothes
- Pack up provisions, first aid kit, mobile phone, map and change of clothes
- Get weather information