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Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents
Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents

Altitude Camping with Kids

Many of the best camping areas can be found at higher altitudes. There are a few things you should know about camping at higher elevations so check the elevation of the area you are heading for before you go.

Elevation Sickness

While working in the California Conservation Corps I saw altitude sickness take place once at only 8000 feet. One member of our crew was in charge of cooking meals. She was found cleaning the kitchen counters with 'Pam' cooking spray. When she was questioned about this, she burst into tears. All of the vehicles were in use at the time and it took several hours to get a vehicle back to the station. She was unable to stop crying until she was brought below 6000 feet.
Altitude sickness can be a serious problem. To learn to recognize the signs and symptoms, click here!

Effects on Ears

Adults know how to alleviate ear discomfort when changing altitude but young children do not. To help your children adapt to altitude changes offer them a beverage or a snack. Swallowing will usually allow the ears to 'pop'. This is also effective during air travel so make sure you have something to offer your child before take-off and landing.

Temperature and Weather

You must expect climate changes with changes in elevation. Area weather reports may show comfortable temperatures - but if the report comes from 1000 feet above sea level and your camp area is 9000 feet above sea level you can expect it to be much colder where you plan to camp. Pack for the unknown - and bring both summer and winter clothes to avoid unpleasant surprises.


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