I’ve been champing at the bit to introduce the minxes to bouldering in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris. But lack of funds to fly-drive-hotel / the sheer length of the drive has held us back. Till now! Now that the minxes are older (12, 10 and 8), I felt we’d cope fine with a 2-day drive to France.
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I’ve been thinking back over all our family walks to try and work out what it is that turns a good hill walk into a great hill walk. There are lots of factors that influence this but, beyond ensuring that you’ve got the right skills and equipment, perhaps one of the most important is your choice of hill.
After blissfully falling asleep listening to the rain pattering on the bothy roof it was a bit of a rude awakening at 4am to hear poor Chloe crying “my tummy hurts”.
May is National Walking Month and it’s got me thinking about how we’ve managed to make going for a family walk not only normal, but also enjoyable for our two boys. I’m no expert by any means, but I thought I’d jot down some thoughts on raising happy walkers based on our experiences. I’d love to hear your ideas too!
I always carry a group shelter if we are somewhere remote or exposed to the weather. In winter, this means I sometimes take a shelter on what might be considered benign adventures. Usually, the shelter isn’t needed and, although it doesn’t weigh much, a niggling feeling of carrying unnecessary kit begins to take hold. But every now and then, something happens that proves just how useful a group shelter can be…
With the realisation that our youngest minx is soon to start school (already!), Jon and I decided to up our expectations of what the girls can plan and do themselves when we go on family walks. Also, next month we’re planning a wee holiday on a remote island without a car (oh me... was that really a smart move..?!) so we’re trying to get the girls to be a bit more self-sufficient too.
“But how do you get them to walk?” This is something I am frequently asked by other parents when we exchange stories about weekends and holidays and I tell them about our walks. “I’d love to do a walk like that with my children, but it’s just not possible!” they say. My standard answer is that it’s almost certainly possible with a bit of determination and imagination.
As we normally travel to all our adventures by car, I don’t think about first aid kits too much – I have a fairly substantial one that I keep tucked in a cubby hole in the boot, and just replenish it as I use it, with an annual check of expiry dates.
It is well and truly Spring in Switzerland now, so the skis have been packed away, and the bikes dusted off. Last weekend saw our first family bike ride of the year, and it was probably one of our best so far.