Get Your Kids Hiking - Jeff Alt
Release Date - May 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep It Fun is a handy book for parents of young children who enjoy being outdoors and active. It's pretty comprehensive and small enough to fit into your backpack or bag when you're on the go.
Each section is divided by the child's age. It starts from infancy and works up the teen years. There are sections on foods to pack, safety tips, checklists for necessary supplies, and even tips on hiking with a special needs child.
I wish everyone would read this book, kids or not, before hitting the trails. I live close enough to Mount Mansfield and sections of the Long Trail that I've hear stories of rescues through the year. While some hikers are prepared for the elements, far more are not. It does get tiring hearing of another hiker was unprepared and put the rescuers lives at risk by not knowing simple safety tips.
This is an outstanding book for parents and a must-have for any family that goes hiking or would like to start going on hikes together.