Santa brought the kids their very own hiking tents. So we thought we would test them out with a short but steep 6km 1 night hike up Gheerulla Bluff to Thilba Thalba remote bush camp, which forms part of the Sunshine Coast Great Walk
Kids have been on quite a few extended hikes now carrying packs, including Hinchinbrook Island earlier this year. But while they have been little people, we have had a really light 4 man hiking tent to enable the 4 of us to do these hiking trips, and distributed the weight of all our gear and food so that the kids only had to carry about 5kgs each, gradually increasing it as they got older. This is the first time that they have had their very own tent to carry, so they were pretty keen this time to carry all their own gear, clothes, food and water!
They packed their own packs, didn’t weigh each item (like we did for a maths activity when we packed for Hinchinbrook), just used their common sense and spatial awareness learned from previous hiking adventures. Their packs ended up being about 8kg each.
Kids also pitched their tents, and pulled them down to pack into their packs themselves.
The Walk is a grueling climb, but awesome views at the top, and a nice lookout at the camp area to have cuppas 🙂
Great little, but still challenging hike for the kids’ next level of hiking 🙂
They won’t need to carry their tents on our Himalayan Trek, but all the little training adventures add another layer of experience and fitness 🙂