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Edward Zwibel
(YetiEddie) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
PCT Section Hiking Northbound with young kids.... advice please on 06/24/2013 13:51:52 MDT Print View

Ok...

I've gained mountains of knowledge from all of you here and I am very grateful. Perhaps you can help me firm up some ideas.

I'm looking to take 3 kids, ages 12,10,8 on weekend (3 day) to week long trips up the PCT from San Diego and to section hike as a long term strategy. As we get farther north, the younger kids will be older and will start to join in.

I am blessed to have a family of educators and my kids are being home schooled and thus have ultimate freedom for schedules... I was going to work in a number of principles to make these section hikes educational and informative in addition to just plain fun. I have a buy off from the wife and am looking to start this summer/fall. These girls have all done trips in excess of 10 miles in a day and are excited backpackers. This would be geography/science/PE etc all rolled into one with a long term eye on the map northward.

Questions -

Reference logistics, I'm assuming I'd need to arrange with another like minded dad/mom so we have a shuttle friendly arrangement .... Advice needed on this aspect of section hiking... (Especially once we get more than an hour or two away from home in a vehicle)...

Safety - I know there are a lot of paranoid folks out there, of which I'm not one... but still a concern. Not wildlife safety but human safety...(I am a LE officer and do carry at all times ... please no opinions on this).... But is this a good idea with the kids? (Insert wife's voice with question mark)

Enjoyment - I have had many successful trips with these awesome kids... I know how to keep a day fun and they seem really interested.... do you think this idea will continue to be fun for a group this age?

Lastly- Has anyone done something like this? I know of balls and sunshine etc... but for the weekend warrior has anyone attempted this ? I wish there were two of me to drive 2 cars but alas! No such luck...

Thoughts???

Thanks so much.... I am REALLY excited about this but I want to make sure I'm not filling my dream on their backs... lol. (They really do seem excited to go and to plan)



Regards,

Ed and family.

Edited by YetiEddie on 06/24/2013 13:52:58 MDT.