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Take the time to look carefully at the map and its contours or carry out a reconnaissance of the route. Take the opportunity to check out the orientation and try to choose shady trails in summer - the whole family can keep cool and it will be more pleasant when you take a break.READ MORE
Start with a few short, easy walks, and if you see that your child is doing well and getting the hang of it, gradually increase the difficulty of the route. In general, avoid excessively high altitudes (it is not recommended to go above 2,000 m).
Here are a few markers about the elevation and the mileage of your excursion that you can of course adapt to your child's abilities:
If they feel they have a "mission" to complete your children will be much more willing to walk.
Tourist offices will be your best allies here as many of them have maps with orientation circuits that are accessible throughout the year. Using these resources, your children will have to find the locations shown on the card ensuring they make their way along the route.
If you do not have an orientation circuit at your hiking location, you can use the markings that appear along the footpaths. This type of activity teaches children to find their way around. So they become your hiking guide!
For the littler ones, you can prepare a simple list of things to find during the hike so it becomes a kind of treasure hunt:
Let your creativity run free and let them add to the list for next time! You can also build a herbarium with the older ones.
It is recommended that children do not carry more than 10% of their body weight (compared to 25% for an adult).
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