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Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession
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Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession" on 05/19/2011 22:38:21 MDT Print View


I'll just echo what everyone above has said, well done!

Sometimes you need to hear something at just the right time, this article was exactly what I needed.

Thanks Jeremy, quality.

Christopher Kuzmich
(obchristo2) - F
Thanks on 05/20/2011 23:15:31 MDT Print View

Thanks. As an avid backpacker and a father with an 18 month old and another due any day, this article is just what I needed right now.

For the powers that be- how about a family forum or backpacking with kids forum? I know I have questions.


d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
family/kids forum on 05/20/2011 23:24:34 MDT Print View

Christo -

Have you tried the Hiking with Kids forum at ?

Edited by dkramalc on 05/20/2011 23:25:15 MDT.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession on 05/21/2011 16:55:56 MDT Print View

Tonight I'll be camping under the stars (and a tarp) with my the backyard! Not much of a hike, but awfully fun and nice father/son time.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Thumbs Up! on 05/21/2011 18:43:46 MDT Print View

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm behaved.......Me??????????????????????

Everett Vinzant
(wn7ant) - MLife

Locale: CDT
Re: "My current career pays less, but gives time more generously." on 05/22/2011 07:20:56 MDT Print View

I was a Network Security Engineer by trade. I made great money. I left that for a career in Ministry. I took a 66% cut in pay to start (while in training) and will likely make 33% less than my career equivalent for the rest of my life. The benefit package is amazing. I can bring my 4 month old daughter to work while her mom sleeps (my wife works overnight as a nurse). I must make it clear that this is working for me because I have a call of Ministry on my life. I know this won't work for everyone, nor would I recommend it for everyone. I talk about it at my blog for those interested. wn7ant dot com

Rick Horne
(Rick778) - M

Locale: NorCal - South Bay - Campbell
Re: Re: Re: Thumbs Up! on 05/22/2011 09:45:44 MDT Print View

I'll second the comment on "good behavior". Brought my 11 year old daughter, only way I could have swung the trip, and she totally enjoyed herself. Everyone was great. I think I have found my new hiking partner!

Matt DeWitt
(tritan) - F

Locale: Midwest
agreed on 05/22/2011 18:55:59 MDT Print View

I can whole heartily agree with the author on getting your family involved. I had a planned trip with some friends this weekend and was feeling like I was getting away with something . The last few weekends have been busy with work and chores around the house. At the last minute I cancelled the trip with friends and planned a day hike to scout a new area to backpack in the future. I made alot of memories yesterday and the kids had a ball !! I am so glad I didn't go on my trip I would have regretted it. Getting the kids involved more will lead to more trips in the future.

Video day hike

Edited by tritan on 05/22/2011 18:58:48 MDT.

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Re: Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession on 05/22/2011 20:24:09 MDT Print View

Tom: I love the backyard campout as a way to get away outdoors with young kids without going out of town.

When we had our landscaping redone I included an open hardscape space (crushed granite) shaped like a campsite in our front yard. (The landscape architect thought I was nuts. Maybe I am.) We now use the space to have front yard campfires, and make s'mores, etc. We live in a central location on a court, so having the space in the front yard has made campfire evenings inviting for neighbors as well. We get outdoor campfire time, plus a bit of local community wrapped together, without ever leaving home. It really adds to a weekend where other obligations prevent us going out of town to the wilderness.

Christopher Kuzmich
(obchristo2) - F
Re: family/kids forum on 05/23/2011 11:44:37 MDT Print View

Thanks Debbie!
I have posted on that site occasionally pre-kid. More so at

Been lurking the kid's forums on both.

Thanks again,

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
good points on 05/23/2011 23:27:01 MDT Print View

Sometimes I get those guilty feelings but then I just hike harder.nice read.