Ouzel Lake, Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The 5 Rules About Kids I Broke While Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

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By Michael Lanza

“I’m dying!” my son, Nate, bellowed to the entire forest in the Wild Basin of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. “This pack is too heavy!” We were just 30 minutes up the trail at the outset of a three-day backpacking trip. It was a trip that seemed like an unmitigated disaster for the first two days—then morphed into an adventure my kids remember fondly, and that helped expand their outdoor interests.

For me, those three days in Rocky serve as a reminder about the many ways you can do it wrong when taking kids outdoors, but how simple it is to make it right.

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7 Responses to The 5 Rules About Kids I Broke While Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Linda   |  September 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I completely appreciated your book and have recommended it to several people. You kept it both entertaining (which your description of family) and educational (with your research on environmental changes). Thank you for your hard work.

  2. Jeff   |  November 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I’m going to have to check out your book, My wife and I have been backpacking with our boys (now 11 and 8) since they both were in diapers. Our boys have grown up here behind Pikes Peak with very little influence of the city. Growing up in the mountains at 9 thousand feet I believe has helped when we take them out on trips now. They are use to elevation, wildlife, cold and the chores that comes with mountain living away from the city 🙂

    • michaellanza   |  November 17, 2014 at 6:05 am

      I’d love to hear what you think of my book, Jeff. Thanks for writing.

  3. Camping equipment Man   |  October 20, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Stunning pics and a great informative article. Makes me want to get out on another trip.

  4. Jamie   |  October 16, 2014 at 6:18 am

    LOVED your book! Really enjoyed these extra pics to go along with that story~ and my 9&11 year olds are loving these stories too!!
    Thanks for inspiring us!!

    • michaellanza   |  October 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thanks very much, Jamie, I appreciate that.

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