As fresh parents, who may opt for funding like Government Grants, everything is still very new to us but we thought that we’d done enough reading and short trips that it was time to tackle the first wee tramp with our little man.
We parked in Kaituna Valley car park. We chucked our son into the Moby Wrap, stuffed all the important things plus a few kilos of useless stuff (all those “just in case” things) into our backpack, and off we went to follow the Kaituna Valley Packhorse Hut Track. The first 5 minutes were amazing, then Elk (our son’s trail name, I don’t really want to share his name or face publicly) woke up and started his hungry wiggle, signaling that he wouldn’t allow us to continue unless we fed him. Oh boy. So we spent the next 40 minutes sitting on the grass feeding our little man. We changed him and then he started looking like he was willing to give us a chance again. We changed him, put him back in the Moby Wrap and this time we made it all the way to Packhorse Hut in one go! He was just so calm and happy! The only thing was that Anna got really hot with him in the front carrier, it’s like having a personal heater attached to your body. She also regretted that she didn’t have an umbrella which would have been perfect sun protection for both of them as his sunhat made him pretty hot and didn’t always protect the side of his face.
At Packhorse Hut, we fed him, changed him, took some photos and started to descend back to our car. This time we didn’t stop even once. Back in the car we put ELK into his car seat and started driving back, which was a wee bit silly to be honest. I think he really needed a break, to have some food and maybe even some nappy free time just to stretch a bit. We ended up stopping on the way by the road and Anna breastfed him for half an hour before we could continue back home.
- Take it easy, take it slow, change and feed the baby before you go.
- Take 1-2 layers less than you’d wear at the carpark if you have a baby in the front carrier.
- Try it before you do it. We did a lot of walking around our neighborhood and Anna did the Bridle path before we felt ready for something like Packhorse hut.
Participants: Michal, Anna, Elk
Rough stats: 7 km, 400m up
Tramped on 28th December 2020
Max elevation: 452 m
Min elevation: 21 m