how was the panacotta? re: long tramps. i used to go tramping with one of the male friends. 8 yrs younger than me and he was fit so we didnt go slowly. on all the hills, i just used to follow the boots or the bottom of the dreads. that way you are putting one foot in front of the other, not thinking about the task of making it up a huge hill. didnt take long and i could keep up and look where i was going. try not to make her carry anything either and she will be fine.