Well it was a learning experience. I went up with my 4yr old and a friend of mine to help carry her if there was a need to. We drove about 1.5 hours to get to the trailhead, and right before we got there, my little girl started broke down and crying that she wanted her mommy. It was so sad. I almost turned around, but only 1 blueberry muffin latter she was ready to go up the summit.
The 4 yer old then got upset because she did not understand the difference between hiking and rock climbing. My girl loves indoor rock climbing, and she was under the impression that we would be outdoor rock climbing, not hiking. Her first reaction upon seeing the summit cliffs from a distance was to be upset that they were too high for her to climb. Then when I told her we would walk up them, she was upset she wouldn’t get a chance to climb!
My 4 yr old really must be fed all the time or else she gets moody. It was a windy and cold day (40F) , and my little girl already had the sniffles, so I was a bit concerned. it is a short hike up, only about 20 minutes, and my little girl walked about the whole way. Right before the summit she decided she wanted to go home, but was ok after we put some ski pants on her. Unfortunately she felt she couldn’t walk with the ski pants on, so off came the ski pants and she was ok again. We went to the summit but it was exposed and windy, so my friend played in the scrubby bush with her as I made some contacts on 2m and then 20m. Unfortunately I only got my 4 yr old on briefly for one contact on 20m. We did have to carry my little girl down most of the way, and I couldn’t get her to let me put on her ski pants yet she was upset she was cold. Unfortunately with the wind and cold we did not get to test the crystal radio receiver we built together (she calls it her ham radio). We should probably have started with the crystal radio and done ham radio only if we had a chance, but the weather was really a bit to fierce for her to “do” anything comfortably…
The day after she said she really liked the hike, but today she says she does not like hiking.
-Don’t hike with a 4 yr old unless she is absolutely healthy
-Use a heated electric vest or other heated electric clothing that is lightweight and that you can turn on and off to immediately warm up the 4 yr old
-Pack lots of yummy treats.
-Keep it short—both the hike and the drive to the hike.
-Be sure to have some summit amusement/task for the 4yr old, as she may not be amused by the radio.
-Be sure to have some rock climbing/scrambling/boldering for my girl to try or else she will be disappointed.
I think I might bring FRS radios next time so that she can have a radio all to herself at least to talk to me with.
I think this is the best pic of the day
We will try again!