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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
7 Yr Old JMT Thru Hiker -- Update? on 09/13/2009 21:46:04 MDT Print View

JMT Thru Hikers, Age 7 and 10 with Dad, 20090730 near Muir Trail Ranch headed NOBO


JMT Thru Hikers, Age 7 and 10 with Dad, 20090730 near Muir Trail Ranch headed NOBO


Did anybody else see the 7 and 10 year old doing the entire JMT NOBO this summer? I took this photo of the two kids with their Dad as they were going Northward out of Muir Trail Ranch (about 4-5 hours Northbound from MTR), 7-30-2009. Any update? Did they finish ok? I presume they would as they had made it that far North when we met them.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: 7 Yr Old JMT Thru Hiker -- Update? on 09/14/2009 07:27:34 MDT Print View

A poster on JohnMuirTrail@YahooGroups posted this:

Are these the boys you met? According to http://www.backpack45.com/johnmuirtrail.html :
Youngest person to thru-hike JMT in a single trip:

2009 Camden Watson - age 7. On 8/11/09 Camden Watson 7yrs old (Born Aug. 2001) arrived at Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley having completed the JMT carrying a base weight of 17lbs, resupplying in Muir Trail Ranch & Mammoth Lakes. Camden, his brother, Andrew (10yrs old) and his father Jason, (34yrs old) began the hike on the 19th of July from Whitney Portal. Andrew (carrying a base weight 35lbs) just missed the record himself by a few months.

Looks like they made it!

Bunny

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Tough little guy on 09/14/2009 18:05:01 MDT Print View

That must be one tough little 7 year old (no offense to the 10 year old either). Nice to see a family spending time together like that. I wanted to take my little brother (11 now) and do the Colorado Trail but Mom said no. He's kept up with me on some pretty tough trips. When he was nine he started to inisist on carrying all his personal gear AND an even share of the food.

Edited by Cameron on 09/14/2009 18:05:54 MDT.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: 7 Yr Old JMT Thru Hiker -- Update? on 09/19/2009 23:18:33 MDT Print View

10 yr old carrying 34 lb base weight...tough kid!

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: 7 Yr Old JMT Thru Hiker -- Update? on 09/19/2009 23:40:42 MDT Print View

Cool beans. But in 2002 (I think) I met a family on whitney who were just finishing a thruhike. Three generations, including three or four kids with the youngest one only carrying a stuffed teddy bear. I want to say that he was five years old.

Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: 7 Yr Old JMT Thru Hiker -- Update? on 09/20/2009 01:47:50 MDT Print View

Those are tough kids but I really don't see the reason why they need to carry so much gear.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Mather Pass 7/27 on 09/20/2009 16:10:29 MDT Print View

Congratulations to these kids (and their dad.)

We saw them on Mather Pass in the early morning of the 27th. The kids looked like they were having fun. Glad they made it.