Hikes with Tykes

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INTRODUCTION

SECTION I: ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

CHAPTER 1: WHY HIKE?

Bonding . Communing with nature . Exercise . Develop character and skills . Adventure . Establish lifelong activity . These places may not be there when our children are grown . Maintaining your sanity

CHAPTER 2: HIKE LIKE A KID
Modify your goals . Be flexible . Be patient

CHAPTER 3: PREPARING FOR THE HIKE
Select a destination . Great places to hike . When not to hike . Make a plan . Planning checklist . Reluctant little hikers . Inviting others . To camp or not to camp . What to bring

SECTION II: THE RIGHT GEAR

CHAPTER 4: CLOTHING
Footwear . Shorts or jeans? . Shirts and jackets . Layering . Headgear . Sunglasses . Rain gear . Winter wear . After the hike

CHAPTER 5: EQUIPMENT
What you’ll need (from baby carriers and backpacks to trekking poles and canteens) . Camping gear . Winter wear . Where to buy gear . Make your own gear

CHAPTER 6: NAVIGATIONAL TOOLS
Paper maps . GPS . Compass . Guidebooks

CHAPTER 7: FOOD AND WATER
Water . Milk for infants . Food (from snacks to picnic lunches) . Trail mix recipes . What not to bring . Leftovers

CHAPTER 8: SUNDRIES
Musts (from first aid kit and sunscreen to safety whistles and toilet paper) . Optionals (from binoculars to bathing suits) . Nevers . Sometimes (aka the family dog)

SECTION III: THE HIKE

CHAPTER 9: ARRIVING AT HIKING AREA

Packing . Packing checklist . Get there sanely . Park safely . Let someone know you’ve arrived . Secure the vehicle . Emergency information sheet . Sample emergency information sheet . Sample hiker’s safety form . Ready kids for hike . Put on your gear . Go over safety with kids . Locate the trailhead . Who leads?

CHAPTER 10: ON THE TRAIL
Rules of the trail . Crossing terrain . Trail markers . Meanings of blazes . Turn-back time

CHAPTER 11: NUISANCES
Snail’s pace . Running ahead . Potty time . Whining . Boredom . Tantrums . Sibling rivalry . Getting dirty . Noisiness . Risk takers . Reluctant kid . Significant other doesn’t enjoy hiking . Fear . Tiredness

CHAPTER 12: ACTIVITIES
Nature-related (from I Spy to identifying tracks) . Make scavenger hunt cards . Kid-tested (from Red light, green light to chain story)

SECTION IV: DISASTERS

CHAPTER 13: MEDICAL PROBLEMS

General illnesses . Injuries (from blisters and sunburn to broken bones and unconsciousness)

CHAPTER 14: DANGEROUS PLANTS AND ANIMALS
Troublesome plants (from poison ivy to mushrooms) . Some poisonous berries . Animal attacks (from snakes and bug bites to bears and mountain lions)

CHAPTER 15: BAD WEATHER
Lightning . Downpours . Flashfloods . Tornadoes . Snowstorms . Fog

CHAPTER 16: STUCK IN THE WILDS
Forest fires . Lost in the wilds . Forced to stay the night (from building a shelter to starting a campfire)

POSTSCRIPT: AFTER THE HIKE
Look at your photos . Look at the maps . High point, low point . Share your hike . Get involved . Go back . Save the trail maps

INDEX

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