Hiking FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you have any questions for Ishai or I please contact us using the feedback form.

  1. What is the youngest age my child can climb Snowdon?

It depends on the child. If your child is active and reasonably well behaved, then maybe six years old. Children don’t have the energy stores that adults have, so you will need to take enough food for the child to ‘graze’ all the way to the summit. This will involve several sandwiches, chocolate bars, cakes and sweets.

Younger, light children will find it too difficult to carry a backpack with water and food, so an adult will need to carry the provisions for the kids. Listen to children carefully, and try to anticipate regular breaks before the child feels too tired.

It’s very important not to put a child off walking long distances, or they will start resenting the experience.

If you’re in doubt, consider getting the train up Snowdon and walking down with them. They will still have a sense of achievement.

There are many more tips about climbing with kids – including safety (or confidence) ropes, where to walk (in front, behind or danger-side) and weather considerations.

 

  1. Should I buy hiking boots for my child?

My view is that children have extremely supple joints, including ankles, up until about 10-11 years old. In fact before that age, I think a heavier walking boot can be more straining for a child than the risk of a twisted ankle or sharp object penetrating the sole of a trainer.

I didn’t buy Ishai hiking boots until he was 11. Until then, he wore old trainers, and we took several pairs of socks to change into when the pair on his feet became wet.

In terms of grip, I’ve seen light kids slide around with hiking boots just as much as trainers – I don’t think they have the friction because of their light weight.

 

  1. How far can I walk? How far can a child walk?

The way I calculate how far Ishai and I can walk is with a full backpack (including tents and food), in good weather we walk at around 3 miles per hour, and need a 10 minute rest every 75 minutes.

When it’s raining or a strong wind, we drop to around 2 miles per hour.

The correct type of nutrition and hydration is vital to keep a good pace.

For Ishai and I, covering 10 miles in a day is easy, 13-15 is pushing it, and although we’ve walked for up to 22 miles, we were too tired for the next couple of days and we won’t repeat it.

 

  1. Will you review our product/ equipment?

We are always happy to review equipment as long as we are allowed to write a fair and honest assessment. Be prepared that if we don’t like something, we’ll say so. This site receives a highly targeted and growing audience, so it’s a good showcase for product reviews.

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A father and son's journey of hiking and camping