Toddler Adventures

April 11, 2014 in Strategy, Tips and Tricks by Matthias

Just found the time to pull out another short video clip from my archives for you – of Loki keeping busy with a few rocks during a rainy morning in the higher parts of the Routeburn area, while the so-called grownups are packing up camp in the background.



Five Years, Sixteen Miles: An Epic Three Day Trip

March 25, 2014 in Gear, Strategy, Tips and Tricks, Trips by Matthias

Today I have decided to finally take the time and do a write-up of our epic three day trip that, interestingly, resulted from Loki telling me that he doesn’t like our hiking trips anymore. Sometimes, more is better!

So here is how it went:

Together with a few other families, we had planned a day walk for the Saturday from the Kaituna Valley side to Pack Horse Hut. After Loki and I had decided that we were going to do a three day trip that same weekend, we had a good look at the map and did our best to find a way to combine those two walks, so we would still be able to walk with our friends on the middle day as part of our larger trip.

We came up with a pretty interesting route that, on Friday, would lead us to a nice and sheltered camp spot near the car park where we were going to meet the others on Saturday morning. Then we would walk up to Pack Horse Hut together with them on Saturday, spend a few hours hanging out around the hut, and later in the afternoon part ways with the group and continue along our way towards Mt Bradley and Mt Herbert. We would spend the second night camping in one of several suitable camp spots in that area, and on the third day, walk down to Diamond Harbour and take the ferry to Lyttelton, and from there drive back home to Christchurch.

Both the first and especially the third day were definitely going to be some of the biggest walking that Loki had ever done, and I pointed that out to Loki many times. He had explicitly requested this big trip, but I wanted to make sure he really knew what he was getting himself into. He made it clear that he knew it was going to be a challenge, but was keen to do it anyway, and on top of that decided tha
t he wanted to walk across both Mt Bradley and Mt Herbert on the third day, as well as put in a stint of real bush bashing on the first day. Finally, he was really looking forward to spending some time at the beloved Pack Horse Hut again, as well as Read the rest of this entry →

Wild Weather Walks: Rain Training With Your Children

March 7, 2014 in Strategy, Tips and Tricks by Matthias

Living in New Zealand always holds the possibility for some sudden adventure knocking on your door.

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few years, you have most likely heard of mother earth’s antics here in Christchurch in the form of earthquakes that have shaken things up more than just a little, but the city is well under way into a new future, with the rebuild going at full throttle, and it’s a very interesting place to live and whitness half a city being built as fast as a time lapse film.

More recently, you may also have heard that we had the most severe rainfall here since some time in the seventies a few days ago. Lots of damage, heaps of main roads entirely unpassable – some even for four wheel drives, which are becoming increasingly more popular here, wonder why – and life coming to a near stand still for a day or so.

A few kayakers who used the opportunity to go for a paddle in what normally are streets reminded me of something we have done a few times in the past, and I thought it’s worth sharing with you!

Next time you are sitting at home while the weather really does not play nice, my suggestion would be Read the rest of this entry →

The Trailbabies Network is now on Youtube!

February 16, 2014 in Coaching, Gear, Strategy, Tips and Tricks, Trips by Matthias

You may have stumbled upon it already over at Youtube while looking for more information about hiking with children, but just in case you haven’t, I want to make sure that you know about the Trailbabies Network’s brand new Youtube channel.

There is only a handful of videos there right now, but I think you will enjoy them, it’s really worth to hop over there and check them out.

It will take me some time to work through my video archives, pick the best clips for you, and then upload them to Youtube, but I have made a start. See it as an “easter egg” type thing; there will be a new video at the Youtube channel probably every week or so.

If you have any video clips that you would like to add, let me know!

Enjoy the videos!


Dad, I Don’t Like Our Hiking Trips Anymore.

February 14, 2014 in Strategy by Matthias

Here’s a little story that happened to me about three weeks ago and that I thought you might find interesting. It’s about one of those moments that can set the course for years to come, and in this case, it is about something that’s probably on the mind of every single outdoorsy parent in the world.

It was Thursday, and Loki and I were about to get into the van to buy some food for a day trip we had planned for the following Saturday. I had opened the sliding door and was waiting for him to get in, when he suddenly looked at me and said: “Dad, you know what? I don’t like our hiking trips anymore.”

As you can imagine, my heart sank. I just said “Oh. Hm.” We sat quietly for a little moment, and while I was thinking about what would be the best thing for me to say or do next, suddenly I realised that there was something odd about how he had said it. I pondered that thought a little more, and noticed that he had not said “I don’t like tramping anymore”; instead, he had specifically referred to “our tramping trips”.

With that new glimpse of hope, I asked him Read the rest of this entry →

Free Range Kids

January 15, 2014 in Strategy by Matthias

Recently I came across this website, and I thought I’d share it with you:

Free Range Kids

Essentially, it’s a blog about how to raise safe, self reliant children, without going nuts with worry.

No matter where you stand on this topic, there is a lot of good food for thought both in the blog posts as well as in the comments, and also lots of things that apply really well to taking your children on wilderness trips.



Worry Free Backpacking With Children

January 15, 2014 in Strategy by Matthias

There are many millions of hikers in the world, and statistically nearly all of them have children at some point in their life. Despite that, as things are at the moment, not many people go backpacking with children, and I think it is really sad that so many families are missing out on this fantastic experience.

The funny thing is: There is no real, tangible reason for that!

I want to tell you about the single biggest obstacle on your way to become a hiking family, how to replace worries with knowledge and skill, and about what part of your body you can use to achieve that.

There is a magic gate at the beginning of each and every trail head in the world. It is too wide to walk around, too high to climb over, and heavily armoured with a powerful spell. The gate allows adults to walk through, while being impossible to pass for most children. There is no lock and no key; the gate effortlessly opens for every individual adult who enters the trail, and hermetically closes again right behind them.

The gate’s greatest strength is Read the rest of this entry →

Love The Outdoors? Take Your Children! I’ll Show You How.

July 15, 2013 in Coaching, Gear, Strategy, Tips and Tricks, Trips by Matthias

Are you an outdoorsy person? Do you have children? Would you like to take them with you on small and big adventures? Wherever you are and whatever your favourite outdoor activity is: Join the global Trailbabies Network, learn how to do wilderness trips together with your children, and lay a solid foundation for a fantastic outdoor family life! Awesome pictures of your bunch guaranteed.

No matter where you live, what age your children are, what time of year it is, how much money you have, or how much time you can free up for outdoor activities at the moment – start today! There is a lot you can do right now to put yourself and your children on a path to enjoy many years of shared outdoor adventures, and become a great team as a far reaching side effect that spills over into everyday life.

I’m so confident that I can help you because I know from years of first hand experience on the trails how hiking with children really works. I also know how hard it can be to find reliable information about how to do that, let alone a mentor who actually has experience in tramping with children.

Wherever you are: Get in touch! I am a real person with a real passion to show you trail tested tips, tricks, and strategies so you can enjoy top quality time out there sooner, easier and safer – together.

Scroll down and browse through my blog, and have a look around this web page. If you like what you see, grab your Free Family Hiking Toolkit now and become part of the global family tramping tribe!

You will be glad you did.

Happy trails!


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