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Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Low Miles / Slow Pace / Great Fun on 09/12/2010 18:35:33 MDT Print View

My daughter (5 years old) and I went on our first true backpacking trip recently and had a wonderful time. We hiked 3.5 up hill miles to Puck Lakes and spent an enjoyable afternoon and (cold) night enjoying the outdoors prior to hiking back out the next morning.

Ready to hike.

My girl.

At the trail head and ready to hike. My daughter carried a wind shell, water, a few dolls and a book in her pinl Camelbak pack. Me, I carried everything else in my loaded MLD Prophet.

Starting out.

The look.

Watch your step.

The hike in was all up hill and warm. We took our time and enjoyed the trail. My daughter hiker strong and had a positive attitude the entire hike.

Arriving at the lake(s) we had the area to ourselves. Setting up a gg Spinntwin tarp and tyvek footprint provided a nice play area for the afternoon.

Puck Lake.


We spent the afternoon and evening playing at the two lakes. My daughter played with her dolls while I read and played with Moxie my border collie.







After much exploring and playing it was time to roast marshmallows. My daughter took charge of making smores while I kept a watchful eye.

In Camp.

Proud Dad.

The temperatures really dropped as the sun went down. We each used TorsoLite pads, nunatak quilts and MLD SL bivys. We slept warm with night lows in the low to mid thirties.



The next morning we spent time playing at the lake and then started the hike back to the trail head.

Day 2-1.

Day 2-2

Day 2-3.

Day 2-4.

When hiking solo my focus is on long miles, a fast pace and pushing myself. This trip was about sharing time with my daughter and having fun. A great adventure in every way.

Father / Daughter

Edited by thomdarrah on 09/14/2010 16:23:25 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Much Fun on 09/12/2010 18:40:38 MDT Print View

Nice trip report Thom. It looks like the both of you had a great time!! Awesome!

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Much Fun on 09/12/2010 19:00:46 MDT Print View

That's fantastic Thom. Good call using a bivy sack for her--my son covers as much ground sleeping as he does hiking--so hopefully that kept her warm, on the pad, and under the covers. Nice fit on the pack too ;-)

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Much Fun on 09/12/2010 19:00:47 MDT Print View

Love it!

You will both remember these times!

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Low Miles / Slow Pace / Much Fun on 09/12/2010 19:41:33 MDT Print View

Very nice Thom.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Much Fun on 09/12/2010 19:59:00 MDT Print View

Very nice! She looked like she did a great job, and I like the photo she took of Dad by the tarp.

How did she like sleeping under the tarp? Seemed like a great campsite to wake up and look around...then maybe go back to sleep.

Thaks for sharing,

ben wood

Locale: flatlands of MO
cool on 09/13/2010 15:01:31 MDT Print View

nice thom, thanks for sharing, i'm glad that you got to take your daughter out with you. nice pics.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Yes, exactly on 09/13/2010 15:31:22 MDT Print View

This is so cool -- just right for a five year old. Kudos!


Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Great Fun on 09/13/2010 18:02:18 MDT Print View

Judging from the photos, it looks like your daughter had a great time. Nice job, Thom.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Low Miles / Slow Pace / Great Fun on 09/13/2010 20:47:04 MDT Print View

Great fun indeed! Looks and sounds like a wonderful trip Thom! Very cool! Of course, in 30 years she'll be wearing the Prophet and you'll be wearing the pink camelback, but you'll still be having fun! ;-)

Thanks for sharing!


(onthecouchagain) - MLife

Locale: Sunny SoCal
nice! on 09/13/2010 21:54:32 MDT Print View

Great trip Thom..maybe one day...some day...we can get our kids together and do a hike.


P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Thanks for sharing, Thom. on 09/13/2010 22:01:09 MDT Print View

You are obviously a great dad. Our son has always taken his kids backpacking and camping and it is really special to them. Hubby and I have shared many trips with them all as they have grown up and it is such a special family adventure. Kudos, indeed!

Jedd Cheshier
(JeddCheshier) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Nice on 09/16/2010 14:35:33 MDT Print View

I have taken my 6 year old daughter on a few trips now too. We tried a REI Comet at first, but have since been using the same Mini Mule from Camelback. It fits about 4 Barbies, toothbrush, toothpaste, a couple changes of clothes, some flip flops/sandals, and you can lash a jacket on too!

If they made it just a tiny bit larger and added a hip belt it would be a little girl's dream pack.

Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
Great post on 09/16/2010 16:30:58 MDT Print View

My new favorite post!

I don't have a family yet and your post made me day dream about what all I'd like to do with kids someday.