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Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
baby on board on 11/12/2009 13:35:25 MST Print View

Oh look. It's those... ** This post has been edited as it was a bit tasteless. - sharalds **

Edited by sharalds on 11/12/2009 13:48:51 MST.

Ken Charpie
(kencharpie) - MLife

Locale: Western Oregon
Encouraging on 11/12/2009 20:31:05 MST Print View

Thanks for taking the time to write up your trip!

My wife is due in January and we've been discussing summer hiking trips with the baby. It's encouraging to see others out doing the same. I hope to instill a love for nature very early on : )

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
Re: Baby on Board on 11/13/2009 10:18:20 MST Print View

To the question of whether this was a great family trip or a bad idea, I say look at the smiles on little Flora's face - that should tell you that it was a great idea for her and her parents!

What a wonderful story! I'd love to be Nick's and Fany's daughter! :)

Marek Janda
(nyxatko) - F
great report on 11/13/2009 16:12:04 MST Print View

Great report, thank you very much for writing it.

We were often thinking about you during summer, wondering how it turned out. And it's nice to know everything went ok.
And her smile is really amazing...she must have had great time there.

And about the bug're lucky it "only" bit her...few weeks later, she would probably try to eat it :-)

Erin McKittrick
(mckittre) - MLife

Locale: Seldovia, Alaska
congratulations! on 11/17/2009 17:27:07 MST Print View

Congratulations! Now off to plan my next expedition with a 1.5 year old...

Elena Lee
(lenchik101) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest (USA)
Re: congratulations! on 11/18/2009 18:48:54 MST Print View

I wish I had parents like you!

Great job - she is a lucky girl.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Brilliant! on 11/21/2009 17:14:10 MST Print View

I love it! Great photos. Best of BPL material.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Baby on Board on 11/21/2009 18:02:25 MST Print View

Very Inspiring and delightful! A reminder that we humans are not designed to be sedentary beings; we have millions of years of nomadic wandering in our genes.

THe photographs with all those smiles reminded me what such trips should be all about. How many of the walkers here smile that often when walking? (or at least show it in the photos?)

One idea I had when I looked at the sling Fany used: wouldn't it be great if Aarn Tate of Aarn Bodypacks could come up with a pack that helped to balance the load of a pack and a baby? Surely the sling must have caused some strain on the back at times?

Nick Meynen
(anonymous) - F
some replies to questions on 11/24/2009 04:27:45 MST Print View

thanks for all your comments!

Answers to some questions:

*other preparation walks: we had taken Flora on a very simple small camping trip when she was just 6 weeks old. close to home, only 3 hour walk, to test the sleeping in tent experience. It rained a lot that night but part from 1 single shout at 4 AM she slept fine that night. We tested the combination of a mousse pad with flora on top and around all of it our fleece, whch worked at that age. We did many more daywalks before leaving and had two weekends in a house, where we improved the sleeping construction, but part from that: nothing else.

*the other nights: usually fine up to 5 or 5:30 AM. As she has the habiit of waking u for first time then, we used that opportunity to get up and leave, she would be tired by the time we left, 30 minutes later, and sleep on in the sling for at least another hour. We had our breakfast while walking. I can't recall any other really bad night, although she did ask for a drink some times, as she also does even now at home, at 8 months almost

*as for the sling and the backpains: not really, no. Once you know how to use the sling, there's no real strain on the back worth mentionning. Sometimes, when the sling is not properly attached, the shoulders did feel some tension, especially when I carried her and then my backpack over the sling. For the combination with a real backpack, there must indeed be a way to make the combination a little more comfortable. Which makes me think: on with the mission for the DIYS backpackers here!

Derek Goffin

Locale: North of England
Backpacking: Baby on Board ergonomically on 11/24/2009 05:25:38 MST Print View

To run with that: you would really need the baby's weight to be taken on the front of the rucksack hip belt while you were wearing the hip belt and only be on the shoulders when the rucksack was off. To take the rucksack's backward pull and the baby's frontward pull off the shoulders you would need a removeable tension band under each arm, joining the sling to the pack. With those done up snug but not tight all the shoulder straps could be loosened off. The baby and the pack would then hopefully be about in balance and as much proportion of the load as you wanted would be on the hipbelt. The hipbelt would need to be comfortable.
More work would be needed with the method of taking the backpack off whilst leaving the baby on.

fany crevecoeur
(fanyc) - F
the mom saying thanks on 11/25/2009 10:17:30 MST Print View

Reading all those nice comments is like enjoying our walking again... Thanks for your reactions and thanks to those along our way that gave us some nice surprises (an inviation to have breakfast, some bread when the bakery was still closed,a smile, an encouragement...)
The most difficult was absolutely not the walking but having to face the reactions of family and strangers on the forum who called us irresponsible...
thank to butuki for his beautiful sentence "Very Inspiring and delightful! A reminder that we humans are not designed to be sedentary beings; we have millions of years of nomadic wandering in our genes." If you really want to have some more inspiration about walking...check this out

Ben R
(snowfiend131) - MLife

Locale: Western PA
What kind of Baby Sling Did you Use on 12/11/2011 10:06:19 MST Print View

Bringing back an old thread...

What kind of baby wrap/sling was used for this trip?


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: What kind of Baby Sling Did you Use on 12/11/2011 14:43:04 MST Print View

It was a The 100% cotton Maya Wrap sling.

nick meynen
(NickMeynen) - F

Locale: Kessel-Lo
follow-up 3 years later: thru-hike of Pyrenee√ęs completed, with toddler on 03/19/2013 15:29:52 MDT Print View

Remember that odd couple attempting a traverse of the Pyreneees with their 3-month old baby? Well, they walked the 1000km - although in 4 parts. First with baby (see the BPL article 'Backpacking: baby on board' Later with toddler. By the time she was 2 years and 6 months, Flora had crossed the 1000km, on foot (well, mostly carried of course). The fool / dad wrote a book on it - launched next month in Belgium. Partly on the art of walking with small children (with words of thanks to BPL & the best parts of the heated debate we had mentionned in the book).

I thought you might like this 4 minute movie showing how a thru-hike with a 2 year old in the Pyrenee√ęs is great fun indeed.

A BPL article will follow ...