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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Father's Day with the kids... on 06/21/2010 18:47:33 MDT Print View

Took out the kids for a 24 in the local mountains on Saturday night. UL is sweet in that it really helps us get out. Too often I see parents with overloaded kids struggling through the woods...a great way to kill the fun.

A great quick trip with my favorite partners...

On the way in...




Heading home


Edited by xnomanx on 06/21/2010 18:50:14 MDT.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Great!! on 06/21/2010 19:03:04 MDT Print View


That looks great. Care to talk us through what gear the kids are using, and what clothing they carry.

In fact this probably deserves a thread of it's own.


Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Great!! on 06/21/2010 19:28:17 MDT Print View

This sort of trip is so easy I don't have to worry about too much gear for us. The weather is also so predictable in summer here that raingear, etc. is unneeded.

Here's our general gear list:
My daughter carried:
-Homemade pack (~6oz.)
-My WM Summerlite
-stuffed animals
-a BPL inflatable pillow
-spare shoes (slippers)
-her sleep/dry clothes...there are plenty of river crossings (spare underwear, a LS top, flannel pants, socks, beanie)
-Gatorade (she insisted)
-Tikka headlamp
*I'd put her pack weight at ~5 lbs.

My Son:
-Homemade pack (~6 oz.)
-adult sized homemade quilt (~20 oz)
-GG Nitelite pad
-spare shoes (crocs)
-sleep/dry clothes (same as daughter)
-BPL pillow
-a book
-Zipka headlamp
-his Mora knife
I'd say he was also at ~5-6 lbs.

They both carry their gear comfortably.

Outside of my personal gear, the shared stuff is:
-Golite Shangri La 3 with inner nest (I never carry the nest on my own but the kids like it)
-Snowpeak Gigapower Ti (When feeding hungry kids, speed is of the essence)
-2 cookpots: Snowpeak 1400 Ti with frypan lid (which one kid uses as a bowl/cup), Evernew 900 Ti pot w/ foil lid, 1 Ti cup, 3 BPL Ti sporks. They all nest nicely when the handles are taken off the Evernew.
-I carried my daughter's sleeping pad (Ridgerest 3/4)
-I carry their jackets (generic nylon shell with fleece lining)
-I also carry a MSR Miniworks when with the kids on short trips...easier to have them pump than have them wait for Aqua Mira.

I think that's all that's noteworthy...

Edited by xnomanx on 06/21/2010 19:31:49 MDT.

Colin Matthews
(litebrite) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Great Report on 06/21/2010 19:44:26 MDT Print View

Great report Craig, and nice to see that you're passing your experience along to the next generation of UL Hikers!

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
They're some lightweight packs on 06/21/2010 19:48:16 MDT Print View

Have you written them up in the MYOG Craig? I'd be interested in taking a look.

Looks like I need to MYOG a couple of quilts too.


Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: They're some lightweight packs on 06/21/2010 19:55:21 MDT Print View

Here's the link to the first one I made. I was wrong in my post above- it's 9 oz. (the one my daughter is carrying).
It was originally for my son; he's getting bigger so it went to my daughter. He now uses a more minimal version of the one I first made him (no side pockets, no hipbelt, no compression straps). It's 6 oz.

I've been using adult bags and quilts for them. A good adult bag/quilt is light enough as it is- no need to purchase bags for the kids. I just fold the footbox under them.

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
thanks on 06/21/2010 20:27:51 MDT Print View

thanks for sharing.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: They're some lightweight packs on 06/29/2010 10:53:55 MDT Print View

I enjoyed the trip report, but particularly interested the MYOG backpack that was described the link. I agree that REI only has ridiculously weavy and expensive packs for kids. I had talked with Gossamer gear and MLD, both of whom are looking at a kid's version.

My 7 yr old has been bothering me for a pack, so I might have to think about doing some sewing.