When E was 3 I took her on her first mountain hike. It was spur of the moment trip and I had our 2 small dogs with us. We were traveling and I had the sudden itch to see the Fall leaves in the NC mountains. So we headed to South Mountain.
Which is why I took E there for her first experience. Somehow, the 4 of us were able to make it to the top. I got a ton of strange looks for trying to get up the mountain with 2 small dogs and a small child without any help. But everyone was a trooper and E was having the time of her life.
This past Fall we decided to do it again minus 1 dog. Yes, it was still only the kiddo and I but we were a little more prepared. I let her get more adventurous climbing rocks with the proper shoes. She absolutely loved every minute of it. I think this will be an anual trip.
This month's book club book is Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure. It's about a mother who hiked all 48 4,000+ ft. mountains in New Hampshire with her 5 year old daughter. Reading the book it has inspired me to want to go climbing more with the kiddo. E has boundless energy and could easily hike all day if I let her. The authors daughter reminded me a lot of her. I never thought about E's age and hiking a mountain. The weather is perfect for hiking, so I can't wait to get started!
Have you taken your children hiking? Would you let them hike a 4,000 ft. mountain?