Backpacking with Children

How to Go Lightweight, Have Fun, and Stay Safe on the Trail

  • 224 pages
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • 978-1-937052-87-4
  • Jan 27, 2023

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  • Fun, safe, cost-effective ways to get out overnight with kids
  • Crucial intel on gear: what to splurge on, what to save on, and DIY projects
  • Info on route selection, games, meals, handling weather challenges, and other tips and tricks
Backpacking as a family creates memories to last a lifetime and can be the start of a child’s lifelong passion for nature and the outdoors. But hiking successfully with kids takes planning. Knowing how to start, where to go, and what to bring are crucial to everyone’s enjoyment. The benefits of going lightweight with kids are huge, since the easier it is to hike, the more fun everyone will have!

Lightweight Backpacking for Families teaches the basics of backpacking with kids--how to make it easy, fun, and as comfortably lightweight as possible without breaking the bank. With intel on gear, meals, games, choosing a route, and dealing with weather, animals, accidents, and more, Lightweight Backpacking for Families is an indispensable resource for any family seeking to share their love of the outdoors together.


  • 224 pages
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • 978-1-937052-87-4
  • Jan 27, 2023

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