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Eleven Years Old on the PCT
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Daniel Paladino
(dtpaladino) - F - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies
Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 16:07:56 MDT Print View

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Eleven Years Old on the PCT

Laura Young
(LauraY) - F
Re: Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 16:35:52 MDT Print View

This is great! Reminds me of my little sister who also loved hiking and webkinz, I hope you have a wonderful time!

(bigjerr) - F

Locale: high country
wonderful story Eric,congrats to Sunshine on 04/12/2011 16:50:20 MDT Print View

small world Eric ;we (my son & me)left the kickoff right behind you last year and hiked the rest of the afternoon with you .If I remember Right you were on a fast track to try and make it to Ontario to fly home for your daughters birthday ,guess you made it .
and for a kicker I hiked in the same day group with "GOLDEN CHILD" from snow creek to hwy 18 big bear she was w/"SLIM JIM" & "MANGO" ,my son who you named "MAGNUM" had to go home @ Idllwild with a bad cold so I went on to big bear alone except for "Golden child" and her group.
just for a real kick we ran into you again near Dicks PASS (echo lake ) you heading north me & magnum heading south ,it was the end of August. we obviously didn't finish but wasn't planning to its a 2-3 year plan for us,if its the lords will
I did see that you pulled it off as I spotted your name on the 2010 2600 miler list . Congrats man ,what a small world it some times can get.....Jerry & "magnum"

Kevin Cody
(codycolor2) - F

Locale: Los Padres NF
ADZPCTKO on 04/12/2011 17:16:15 MDT Print View

Hope to see you at the ADZPCTKO and shake the hand of a great Father!

Johnathan White
(johnatha1) - F

Locale: PNW
Re:"Eleven Years Old on the PCT" on 04/12/2011 17:28:53 MDT Print View

ERIC! Bloody hell, when you emailed me about this, I flipped. Now reading it, I am really so happy for you two! I have to show this to Amber (fossil) tonight!

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Extremely Cool! on 04/12/2011 17:35:36 MDT Print View

Hope to meet up with you on the PCT, you will be hard to miss. It is great to be able to share a lifetime memory with your daughter.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 17:49:30 MDT Print View

This just really cool!! Hats off to Eric for a great attitude about all that has happened, and to his daughter who sounds like an absolute gem.

Since BPL is sponsoring this, how about setting up a PayPal account or similar so BPL members could donate to the trip?

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 18:28:58 MDT Print View

Ed: Best wishes to a wonderful father!

Sunshine: Go, girl, go!!!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
11 years old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 18:40:47 MDT Print View

I'm very glad BPL did an article on this. Awesome to hear. Best of luck on the trail!

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Wonderful on 04/12/2011 18:50:14 MDT Print View

What a beautiful thing to do, for both of you, and for mom to be supportive ....You put a smile on my face, thanks.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 19:02:39 MDT Print View

Wow. What an amazing and incredible thing to even dream of doing as a kid. What a path to be on! Good luck, see the beauty, grow, strive and have a great time!

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Eleven Years Old on the PCT on 04/12/2011 21:15:15 MDT Print View

Awesome! Just awesome. Oh, and I wouldn't mind some more applesauce, either.

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Best trip, ever on 04/12/2011 22:34:56 MDT Print View

This is very very cool and major kudo's to BPL for publishing such a story - it's truly amazing. Way to go making lemonade from the lemons life gave you!

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Great story on 04/13/2011 00:35:14 MDT Print View

You read this story and it puts things into much needed perspective. What a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved!

Please let us know of your progress!

Ryan Linn

Locale: Maine!
Delightful! on 04/13/2011 05:45:32 MDT Print View

Balls, I don't think I ever met Sunshine, but I remember her register entry at the Hat Creek Rim water cache was one of my favorite things on the entire trail last summer. Congratulations on your upcoming adventure. I have no doubt that it will be fantastic!

Eric Marcano

Locale: Southcentral Texas
Wow on 04/13/2011 07:30:17 MDT Print View

I don't even know where to start. First of all, thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. What a beautiful story and such an amazing way to embrace an opportunity! I wish you guys the very best! And, by the way, I'm sure there will be plenty of people that will be eagerly waiting to read the book you guys will write (no pressure, though). Electrician > author. :)

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Mind Blowing on 04/13/2011 08:32:47 MDT Print View're going to have an epic trip. Her smile says it all.

I agree with Nick. How can we help contribute to their trip?

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Mind Blowing on 04/13/2011 08:55:46 MDT Print View

Sweet, very inspiring to those of us with kids.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Mind Blowing on 04/13/2011 10:33:33 MDT Print View

Great story. Quite a terrfic combo: superdad and supergirl!

Good luck

Jeremy Gus
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
THANKS on 04/13/2011 10:37:04 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing the great story. Great inspiration for me, a dad to two little boys...