How to make hiking as family enjoyable for all
June 13, 2011 11:56 AM Subscribe
Hiking as a family (with 3 teens)-need help making it enjoyable for all. Any tips? The challenges I have had in the past are kids who want to sleep in so it is usually a hotter time of the day for hiking and I have noticed my DH likes to get way ahead of all of the rest of us and even takes different routes sometimes. It seems like the slower ones of our group have to hurry to catch up to the faster hikers. We are all in pretty good shape.
posted by seekingsimplicity to sports, hobbies, & recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Ever since I have known my husband he has been a person who likes to separate from the hiking group. This causes me angst because I feel like I am constantly trying to keep up with him and it makes my hike not as fun. He is a marathoner so he is in great physical shape but I am no slouch either and I still have trouble keeping up. It makes my hike feel like a race not a leisure activity.
I don't know what the compromise would be. It is maddening when he takes off too. I read stuff into it that probably is not there! He seems to get defensive when I ask him to wait up. Like I am ruining his hike? Is it just testosterone that makes him want to "beat" us all on a hike? A competitive streak in him? what do you think?
My oldest daughter had knee surgery last summer so our pace is more of the same and I guess I can stay with her instead? She is not slow but she is certainly not fast like my husband. Sometimes he even runs on the trail.
Should I just give up hiking with him?