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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/25/2014 21:00:45 MST Print View

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Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/25/2014 21:36:59 MST Print View

What's the longest your family has gone out for at one time to date?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 13:11:46 MST Print View

Bon voyage!

Gotta see some gear lists!

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 16:28:47 MST Print View

Gear lists

http://toesalad.com/articles/family-thru-hike-gear-list/

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
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Damien Tougas
(dtougas) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Gaspé Peninsula
Re: Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 19:12:11 MST Print View

Ken: Our family backpacking trips thus far have topped-out at five days.

Damien Tougas
(dtougas) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Gaspé Peninsula
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 19:17:18 MST Print View

rOg: no, we won't be using a shotgun mic, we have a Roland R-05 digital audio recorder. Unfortunately - due to some technical issues - the audio from the recorder didn't make it into this episode, however this should be rectified for future ones. That's why we are doing theses pre-trail episodes, to get the bugs worked out in advance :-)

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 19:48:48 MST Print View

If only a family trip of 5 days, what are the odds this trip will be completed? Less than 10%?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 02/26/2014 20:23:40 MST Print View

"If only a family trip of 5 days, what are the odds this trip will be completed? Less than 10%?"

I don't think this is a fair statement. People have done long thru-hikes with little or no backpacking experience. There are a lot of other factors that are probably more important. However, with 5 people in the family the need to keep all 5 motivated could prove challenging -- or maybe not. From the little I have read about the family, I have a feeling they have a very good chance to complete the trip. Time will tell. Keep positive thoughts!!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Five day trips on 02/27/2014 06:47:03 MST Print View

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is essentially one long trip broken into a series of 3-5 days between resupplies.

While a longer hike with resupply is extremely helpful for dialing in gear and technique, it is not necessary for a successful completion of an AT thru-hike.

Prior backpacking experience of any type of trip, of course, is always helpful. A five day trip is pretty similar to what most people will see on the AT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Five Day Trips on 02/27/2014 08:11:49 MST Print View

Being out for five days should be plenty on the AT. Its not as remote as other trails. They have been living a pretty outdoor oriented life style so I think they will be mentally better prepared then most people who set out on the trail.
I think the biggest risk is that with 5 people there is a greater chance of a twisted ankle, illness or other emergency that will take them off the trail. Hopefully none of that happens.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re Five Day Trips on 02/27/2014 11:48:04 MST Print View

"I think the biggest risk is that with 5 people there is a greater chance of a twisted ankle, illness or other emergency that will take them off the trail."

Kids are made out of rubber, and are also the reservoirs/vectors for most of the common crud.

Mom and Dad are the ones at risk.

Glenn S
(Glenn64) - M

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: Five day trips on 02/27/2014 16:28:39 MST Print View

Using a 5 day outing as a benchmark for a success rate of an endeavor like this is completely the wrong approach IMO. I don't think the catch lies in the physical aspect of it at all. I would be more concerned with the idea of five people being stuck in such close proximity to each other for such a long period of time. No getting away from anyone for anything.

What I see as the biggest hitchpin of success for this group, is the homeschooling. The family is already operating as a "unit" (at least I hope that's the scenario) and hasn't suffered the family unity breakdown that comes from a more public sector. That unity, should provide a "power in numbers" effect and be the key factor in the success of this project.

IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERA
(idtejera) - MLife

Locale: CANARY ISLANDS
Thank for sharing on 03/02/2014 07:35:56 MST Print View

It's gorgeous. Good Luck family
Thanks

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 03/02/2014 13:59:08 MST Print View

I am so happy for all of you!

Great job, Mom & Dad!

marjolein Keuning
(laincha) - MLife

Locale: netherlands
Beyond our boundaries episode 1 on 03/07/2014 11:46:54 MST Print View

What are your plans for food? Sending packages, shopping on the way?
What are the weights and kind of things to eat that keep kids happy?

John Myers
(dallas) - F - MLife

Locale: North Texas
Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1 on 03/07/2014 17:45:47 MST Print View

Cool family project!

Best wishes. Hope you make it the whole way, but even if that doesn't happen, the experience will be priceless.