I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on getting kids (toddlers) into hiking and camping.
My son just turned two and I carried him up Mount Abraham(Vermont) in a pack. About a 3.5 hour round trip, which he seemed to enjoy. Things could have gone bad too since the longest hike in a pack we had previously done was about 15 minutes around the local forest preserve. Worst case scenario, I envisioned him having a melt down on the summit and having to haul a kicking and screaming toddler down the mountain for an hour and a half, which thankfully did not happen.
For the next step I'm thinking about going camping with him in the backyard in the fall when the bugs die and it gets a little cooler. Basically, he's going to fall asleep in the tent and after an hour or so I'll transfer him inside.
I know everything depends on the child, but I am interested in how everyone else got their kids into hiking and camping? At what age did you first do things with them and how did it go?