Hiking is one of my favorite activities in the world. Jed and I have loved hiking together since we first started dating. Many of our first dates included exploring the mountains of western North Carolina together. We were excited to take The Bear hiking for the first time during our trip out west. He LOVES being outside, so we thought he would really enjoy it. We were so right. We took many hikes with him this summer and while we did some things right, we made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot about hiking with toddlers.
5. Know exactly where you are going. Ah yes, our biggest mistake. We got lost. For a long time. With a one year old. Not good. We had a map but forgot it, and decided to keep on going. This was not a wise decision. Thankfully we finally ran into a family on four wheelers that pointed us back to civilization, but it could have gotten ugly. From here on out we will always have a map or a well marked trail to follow. Even if you are an experienced hiker, don’t take it for granted that you won’t get lost. It happens all the time. We’ve been hiking for years and it happened to us and was pretty scary.