Lucky you to have kids who love hiking! My teen guys won't even go
backpacking with me...but then I think that's primarily due to over-heavy over-difficult
Scout experiences...a lesson to anyone here involved with scouts. Meanwhile
I'm accumulating light gear to help persuade them to change their minds :-)
I don't know if Paige Falk is on this list, but she hikes a lot with her
young daughters. If she's not here, you can visit her website at
and contact her from there.
There are several books on hiking/camping with children. Mainly the message
is to remember to go slower, expect them to want to explore a lot, to need
encouragement in the way of frequent snacks, to want to stop at every place there
is to play in water, and to expect everything to take longer.
I don't really know how you could take all the equipment for 3...3 bags and
pads, tent, food, clothes, bear can, etc. I would think they could at least
carry their own bags/pads, snacks/water, and maybe some clothes. That would only
be around 5 lb. Can you recruit another adult to come along to share some of
the extra gear?
Some practice overnighters close to home would be a good idea to make sure on
equipment, clothing layers, food they'll eat, etc.
Hope this helps! Did you know a 10 yr old girl thru-hiked the PCT last year
with her parents? The whole way!
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