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The next generation of adventurers

A small detail can make the biggest difference, in both directions...

"When I look in the mirror on the car ride home I want to see a tired boy with a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye that reflects that he’s happy with his own performance."


Markus runs as fast as he can to be the first to touch the summit of Vassbruntinden – 1203 masl (3947 fasl). I myself am in good physical shape, but must sharpen the senses to be able to follow the move he puts up. Markus is 6 years old, and during the 2016 season he ascended 20 different mountaintops in the local trailbook.

The goal of these trips is obvious: it has to be a positive experience! We’re going to save all the good experiences! When I look in the mirror on the car ride home I want to see a tired boy with a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye that reflects that he’s happy with his own performance.

I think we’ve managed this well, but it required a lot of planning. A small detail can make the biggest difference, in both directions.

First of all, your equipment must be in order. Make sure your kids have at least as good equipment as yourself. If you have gore-tex shoes, they should have it as well. Why should their feet get wet in the marsh? If that happened their trip would be ruined already.

Make sure you ALWAYS have enough clothing with you. If you live in Northern Norway bring an extra hat, mittens and a thick sweater no matter what time of the year it is. If the kids are cold and wet you can almost guarantee the trip does not have a positive outcome.

There’s a lot of good equipment on the marked. It doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive, but it has to be functional. Our favorite garment is a Primaloft winter coat. It has to be big enough to fit outside your other winter coat og give great warmth. Even if they’re only 5-6 years old it’s fun to come to the sporting goods store and pick out the clothes they want to wear (with a little guidance of course…)


Plan your trip

The most important thing: the trip has to be manageable!

Look at the map with the kids. Let them see where they’re going.

How far is it to the top? Which mountains can you see on the way up? Have they been on these mountains before?

Gå where there’s marked trails, it’s fun for them to look for the red or blue dots. By letting them take part in planning the trip they develop an ownership.

Let it be your kids showing you the way to the summit. That’s the real fun!


Packing your equipment

Let them be a part of packing the equipment you’re bringing. This way they learn what you should and shouldn’t bring. If the trip isn’t too long they can carry some of it in their own backpack (that has to fit their back and not be too big).

I like to put everything on the floor, go through it and pack where it goes in the back pack, first aid equipment on top etc. This can be done the day before so you’re ready for an early start the next day.



It’s granted the kids get a full breakfast in the morning, and that they have enough energy for the trip they’re going on. I think it’s nice that they get to decide what the want to bring. Food is something to look forward to once you get to the top.

On cold days Real Turmat is perfect as they get a hot meal. Markus’ favorite is Pasta Bolognese, Beef stew and the Real Beef Snacks – the one with salt and pepper. Underway the Real Energy Drink with peach flavor is the only thing that counts. Markus always shares his food and candy, but you’re lucky if you get a taste of the energy drink when he’s on his way to the top.

Once you’ve reach the peak it’s good with a energybar, the Real Caramel is the absolute favorite!


The hike up to the top

Even for kids that are fond of hiking it can be a little slow to get started, and they can get bored along the way. Beforehand think of a couple topics you can discuss underway, this way they can learn something as well. One example can be to teach them about distance, the calculation from kilometer to meter, to mile and so on. What is height meters?

Let them look at the map how far they’ve walked and how much is left.

If you have a clock with GPS it’s nice to keep they updated along the way. You can also give them some calculations. We’re now at 605 masl and we’re hiking to 735 masl, how many height meters are left?

Only your imagination limits what you can teach them, and that can take the focus away from tired legs.


Once on the top

Make sure to get enough clothes on, and make sure they eat enough.

Take the map out and try to find the names of the mountain tops you can see around you. Have you been on any of them before? Do you want to climb any of these next time?

Take some cool pictures, maybe send a snap or two.


Back at home

After hiking it can be cool to have a map at home where you can mark which mountaintop you’ve been on. Maybe you can look for your next top to climb?

I like to teach the kids to take good care of their equipment. Drying your shoes, cleaning the dirty cocoa cup, throwing away garbage and resetting for your next adventure.

Happy hiking – see you on the mountain!