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Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun! Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Get Your Kids Hiking provides tips on gear and motivation to help families with kids of all ages get outside to hike. -- Terry Gardner, Los Angeles Times
Love the book Get Your Kids Hiking and your kids will love you for reading it... -- Jenell Walton, ABC TV The List
This handy guide gives tips on getting the whole family outdoors and on the nature trail... -- Amy Phelps, MOV Parent Magazine
Get Your Kids Hiking is written in a casual style... It is chock full of practical advice for parents with kids of all ages and abilities -- Brent Coleman, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Get Your Kids Hiking by Jeff Alt is the perfect book if you want to get your kids out on the trail. Alt and his wife are seasoned hikers, having hiked the Appalachian Trail and the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park in California. Now their kids come along, so they've thought through what it means to travel with little ones. Different chapters are dedicated to each age group, from little bitties to teens, and they provide ideas for everything from gear to grub. As someone who loves to hike but is more on the novice side, I'll be using this as reference guide. -- Jane Schneider, Memphis Parent Magazine
...I loved Jeff Alt's forthcoming book, Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun! In the book, the Cincinnati based author offers tips and tricks on age-appropriate ways to include your child in all aspects of a hike, checklists of what to pack for any type of hike and advice for hiking with a special needs child. In short, he presents the Appalachian Trail of books about family travel outdoors... -- Matt Villano, The Wandering Pod and former travel blog writer for Parents Magazine
...Excellent tips from an experienced hiker on how to...[hike with] even the tiniest babies...Written for the novice and seasoned hiker in mind. -- Foreword Reviews
Having kids can inspire a parent. They inspired Jeff Alt to write a book about how to interest and motivate youngsters to try hiking, and how to equip them for it... -- John McCoy, The Charleston Gazette
Jeff Alt, hiking expert, has written what may be the most comprehensive, readable and inspiring book ever focused on getting kids hiking. This will be...invaluable for families -- and for outdoor programs and environmental educators as well. And Get Your Kids Hikingis the perfect size and weight for your day pack! -- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle.
...Get Your Kids Hiking...offers an easy to use guide for any adult wanting to take children into the outdoors. The chapters are easy to read and to reference. There are great tips on how to make the trail fun and safe for all ages. More than ever, it is important to expose our children to the benefits of the wilderness and Jeff Alt's guidance in this book will allow you to confidently take kids into the backcountry. -- Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail and Called Again: Love and Triumph on the Appalachian Trail.
About the Author
Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP, and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. He is the author of Four Boots One Journey, Get Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for Sunshine. A Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. Get Your Kids Hiking won the Bronze in both the 2014 Living Now Book Awards, and the 2013 IndieFab Award in Family and Relationships. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.
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I have a five-year old daughter, and we've done quite a bit of day hiking. So, maybe I'm already too advanced for this book. I bought it based on all of the five-star reviews, and I thought it might include enough tips to make it worth my time. Unfortunately, it didn't.
Jeff, if you're reading this, sorry man. I hate to be critical, because I know how much time and effort goes into writing a book. I just wanted to warn people that it's very basic stuff here.
Perhaps if you're new to hiking or new to parenting, you'll find this book useful. If you are even a novice at hiking/parenting, then perhaps you're too advanced for this book. If you do decide to buy or read this book, keep in mind that it's 170 pages, but you should be able to give it a thorough reading in just a couple of hours. I mean, it's a very quick read, and, again, there's just not a lot here that you shouldn't already know.
What this book offers is a how to guide for getting your child hiking at every age. Suggestions range from activities that your child will enjoy on the trail to what sort of equipment and clothing you need to purchase. Trail choice and length is also discussed, as are the basics of backpacking and emergency first aid. The book does have a clear east coast bias, in part because Alt lives there, so examples seem to come predominantly from the Great Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, but moderately knowledgeable westerners will be able to apply his ideas to their own (altogether superior) outdoor options. The actual hiking situations Alt describes are universally applicable.
On the whole, I thought this was a good book, in part because I like Alt's somewhat self depreciating writing style, and mostly because I think the topic he addresses is the most important one in American child rearing today. It is all too easy to leave child rearing to the latest device (there's an app for that too!) but kids need to be engaged out of doors. And with education moving away from the truly authentic towards a techno driven "common core" (which ironically comes with dumbed down content standards) the opportunity to raise truly well rounded children is declining. Parents need to pick up the slack teachers like myself are increasingly leaving, and this requires active engagement with your child out of doors. Jeff Alt's recent book is a great "how to" guide for making this happen.
The concept of everything Alt talks about in his other book - the joys and the physical and spiritual benefits of hiking - is all here, but presented in a manner that is very important to any parent or grandparent or older family member to encourage youngsters to catch the hiking fever BUT to do it correctly, knowing the pacing, the special needs, the things to take on the hike and NOT to take on the hike complete with check lists that make planning ahead enhance the hiking experience.
But even more interesting is Alt's concept of age groups to be considered for hiking - from birth to 6 months (yes, that young!), six to thirty six month old hiker, three to four year old hiker, five to twelve year old hiker, thirteen to eighteen year old hiker - and then of course physically and mentally we are dealing with adults! There are even charts and bits of advice to differentiate between backpacking hikes and day-hiking. Essentials for a first aid kit and other helpful appendices are attached.
Jeff Alt is an inveterate hiker enthusiast and his sense of camaraderie gained among hikers, especially families that hike together, is infectious. His book is not simply a `how to' book, it is a philosophy of the benefits of being at one with nature and taking an adventure that he sees as a lifelong commitment. It is impossible to disagree with his enthusiasm and fine teaching! Grady Harp, July 13
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