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Backpacking and camping with baby

Wow, it’s already Friday and I’m finally writing about Memorial Day weekend! Well, better late than never… we had such a wonderful adventure that I need to tell everyone about it, especially young active parents with babies.

We weren’t sure what we were going to do so we keep it pretty open. That’s important with when you have kids, flexibility is key.

We had reservations for Friday night at Sugar Pine Point State Park so we camped there the first night — to test the weather and see how Cielo liked it. We got there around 5pm and went for a nice hike. After dinner we went to bed (early) so we’d be ready for the next day. We got up early and enjoyed a great camp fire while eating breakfast. Since Cielo slept great and we didn’t get cold at all during the night, we decided we would go backpacking for one night.

We got our permits for Desolation Wilderness and we started at the Bayview Trailhead (Emerald Bay area). Joe carried Cielo and the tent and I carried the rest! The pack was heavy (40+ pounds) — I’ve never carried that much stuff, but I had both of our sleeping bags, food and clothes for the 3 of us, diapers, stove, etc. etc. It was a great workout!

We hiked for 3-4 hours, took a little break by a waterfall/creek and hiked some more. Cielo loved it! She even took a nap while in the backpack.

We endep up near Lower Velma area, since Lake Azure was really hard to get to.  Some areas were covered with snow and others with water, so finding a spot to camp was challenging. But we found a great spot!

On Sunday we decided to stay at Bayview Campground since there was a site open. We put Cielo down for a nap at 5:30pm and she didn’t wake up until the next morning! She was exhausted from her first backpacking experience!

Monday morning we went for a hike with some friends to Cascade Falls and then we took a hike to Eagle Falls and explored Emerald Bay.

What a wonderful weekend! We highly recommend both campgrounds and of course, Desolation Wilderness is like heaven for backpackers who love solitude and breath-taking beauty. It’s a place to enjoy God’s creation to the full!



7 Responses to “Backpacking and camping with baby”

  1. tahoe rental says:

    I have a 2 year old myself.. I think you’re crazy for backpacking with your baby… It’s tough enough carrying your own gear and food (~38lbs).. what did you do… carry your wife’s gear/food and baby’s food too? what about 80lbs?!

    We’ve backpacked desolation wilderness (before the baby) and the altitude was tough enough with our own pack. Well.. maybe you’re much better shape than I.

    Nice pictures by the way.. I was I was young again


  2. tele girl says:

    Haha, we are indeed crazy! Our baby is only 10 months so she is not as heavy as your 2 year old. My husband carried the baby and the tent and I carried the rest. It was a good workout!

    I encourage you to be outdoors as much as possible with the little one, if you can’t go backpacking yet, take baby hiking and camping so he/she can learn to love the outdoors!

    Thanks for your comment!


  3. DickM says:

    Hi — neat writeup and photos. We’re working on a book called Fit Families and want to include a little section on hiking/camping with infant/toddlers. Could you email me privately so that I could ask a couple of questions? Dick Mansfield & Heidi Hill

  4. Gwenn Ide says:

    Love your opinion. Maybe hiking clothes might guide someone out there.

  5. its quite right, as when traveling with kids or either you are upto camping vacations, one have to make the flexibility open and that’s the key to avoid frustration.

  6. Your post is really wonderful..thanks for posting…your post is very informative

  7. Babinnes says:

    Hello, Will you be writing a another piece? The husband and myself have used up some time browsing over your web site and interestingly you highlighted some thing we were discussing just the other month with our son. We often hear ourselves quarrelling about the smallest of things, isn’t it foolish?

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