Hike number 2
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rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
Hike number 2 on 05/18/2009 07:03:07 MDT Print View

okay, this is our second hike. I won't be posting anymore of these little hikes, but I'm still excited so I wanted to do this one more time.

My boy (7) and I did a 5.2 mile through hike on the Florida Trail. Still getting ready for the mountains. This time we took some cooking equipment to try out. I took an egg crate and sheet to sleep on and packed his sleeping bag, he just had to tote the pillows and food, not much.

Lessons learned:
1) Those firegell things, you can't put your pot right on top or you're smother the fire out. So I need a stove setup of some type.

2)my tent needs seam sealing. The last couple tents I bought were already sealed. I got this as a company anniversery present and didn't think about sealing the seams. It rained and leaked a bit.

3)Need to loose the pillows and egg crate. They didn't get wet this trip, but if they had, it would have been a mess. Never thought about that, but I need pillows and pads that are okay to get wet

4) boy's pack was about 8 pounds and worked great

5) I decided to pack two bottles of water and then refill them as we went alone. I don't like them. When empty, those water bottles crumble up easy and when stored in a pack, I could see them getting cracked and therefore losing your water container.

6) I need a lighter tent!!!!!!

anyway, just another newbie wasting space with a cheezy little hike. But man oh man, the boy had a wonderful time. This is really fun.

I took some pictures with a cell phone and made the boy a little book. I'll try posting the pics.

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rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
oops on 05/18/2009 07:06:06 MDT Print View

sorry, I can't edit a post and didn't EOL between pics.

here's some more

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rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
more info on 05/18/2009 07:07:34 MDT Print View

the boy had a great time. He does stuff on hikes you would never get him to do other places. He wanted to wade the creeks, ate the best supper he ever had, only wanted to drink nice, refreshing creek water, etc.

he doesn't look all that excited in the pics, thats because thats how he poses. He thinks it makes him look good. You should see his school pictures!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: more info on 05/18/2009 07:25:54 MDT Print View

Nice job Rob!

Time and experience will help you move into better gear. But you clearly demonstrated that attitude and motivation easily trump gear.

You're out there.
You're Both having fun.
It doesn't get much better.

george carr
(hammer-one) - F

Locale: Walking With The Son
Good job dad! on 05/18/2009 15:35:28 MDT Print View

It's great that you're excited about your time with your son. Oh how many boys wish their dad would take them on a hike!

I'm taking my kids on their first overnighter on the AT in Shenandoah next month and I can't wait!

rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
school show and tell on 05/20/2009 08:50:04 MDT Print View

the boy took his picture book to school to show his class. He also took his water filter to give a demostration as well.

We set him up with a clear picture with dirt in it. he filled it up with water so he had a "dirty creek" as a source. He then filtered the water to his water bottle.

He said the whole class was yelling "drink it, drink it" and erupted when he did. He had a great time with this.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: school show and tell on 05/22/2009 18:14:18 MDT Print View

That's excellent! Glad to hear that he is now the local 11 yr. old backpacking expert.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Hike number 2 on 05/22/2009 19:22:46 MDT Print View

Hi Rob

> I don't like them. When empty, those water bottles crumble up easy and when stored in a pack, I could see them getting cracked

If you talking about PET (soft drink) bottles, be assured: they are rugged! I use 1.25 L ones, and they last me a couple of years of intense use.

Cheers

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Hike number 2 on 05/22/2009 20:05:08 MDT Print View

I have worked for a PET company and currently for a food company that uses those bottles...I agree that they are durable.

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
Fun stuff on 05/22/2009 23:41:28 MDT Print View

My kids love to get out. It is great to share it with them. Enjoy.

Edited by Joshua on 05/22/2009 23:42:07 MDT.

rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
Re: Re: Hike number 2 on 05/23/2009 08:27:30 MDT Print View

>>if you talking about PET (soft drink) bottles, be assured: they are rugged! I use 1.25 L ones, and they last me a couple of years of intense use.

No, these were little 1/2L, thin walled, walmart bottle water bottles. You can easily press the side walls in when they are full of water. When empty, they crumble very, very easily.

But you're right and thanks for posting. Coke bottles (thats soda bottles for all ya'll not in the south) are far more rugged, thicker walled, and stronger, even when empty. I'll start saving those for hikes.

Although, this year my resolution was to lay off cokes. Guess this will give me a legitimate reason to cheat.

rob wil
(AUradar) - F

Locale: FL Panhandle (aka LA)
Re: Re: school show and tell on 05/23/2009 08:28:42 MDT Print View

>>That's excellent! Glad to hear that he is now the local 11 yr. old backpacking expert.

actually seven.

He got a little uncompfortable when a little girl asked about bathrooms, but other than that, he was a fine lecturer on the art of light weight backpacking.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Re: school show and tell on 05/23/2009 10:03:45 MDT Print View

My mistake, I guess he just seemed older after that hike under his belt.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Hike number 2 on 05/23/2009 16:02:16 MDT Print View

Hi Rob

Yeah, the plain water bottles are not so strong, but even they do last. My wife has been carrying a little 330 mL one for years without damage.

You don't have to drink Coke - silly bottle shape anyhow. Even just plain FIZZY mineral water comes in strong bottles.

Cheers