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Quickie - first of the 2014 season
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Gordon Gray
(GordonG) - F

Locale: Front Range, CO
Quickie - first of the 2014 season on 04/06/2014 16:35:22 MDT Print View

Technically this was not an overnight but we did have some new gear to use. New boots, camelbacks, hoodies, ect.... Actually I wouldn't even post this but I am so proud of my daughters I have to. Last year they complained a little during this hike but this year they were running down the trails. I guess several overnight trips @ 10k will help. They displayed some great signs of runners high. This is Bear Peak in Boulder, CO. Elevation starting at 5700 and peaking at 8455. My girls are 9&11.
over 50 degrees and snowingrunning down the trail

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Quickie - first of the 2014 season on 04/06/2014 16:39:05 MDT Print View

They look like they're having a blast, Gordon, thanks for sharing.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Quickie - first of the 2014 season on 04/06/2014 16:44:56 MDT Print View

I remember Bear Creek from my time in Boulder -- great pay-off view! My girls are similar ages and I hope to get them out a little more this summer. Thanks for sharing!

Michael Gunderloy
(ffmike) - MLife
Girls! on 04/06/2014 17:38:38 MDT Print View

Taking my own 8 & 10 year olds out in 2 weeks for their first backpacking overnight. They're busy choosing gear and excited because I let them pick the route (Sycamore Trail in the Deam Wilderness). Should be interesting.

Jeff Sims
(jeffreytsims) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal
overnighter on 04/06/2014 18:41:34 MDT Print View

This is the year I have been waiting for. 2 years ago my wife said that when our son turns 9, he can come with for an overnighter. This June he has his 9th birthday! I have been collecting gear and planning the trip, he is beside himself thinking about it.

I still want to find him a reasonably light pack and upgrade his sleep system.

Those two girls look like they were having the time of their lives, I hope we have the same experience.

Thanks for sharing
J

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re overnighter on 04/06/2014 19:26:39 MDT Print View

Jeff two ideas. First get the little guy a pocket knife (do NOT ask Mom, remember it is easier to get forgiveness then permission). He'll love being able to carve a stick up. Second if fires are allowed let him light it, ideally with something really cool like a flint and steel.
Have fun!

Oh yes, and pack junk food, kids love it when they hear that "lunch" is a couple snickers and granola bars!

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Not soon enough on 04/07/2014 12:13:26 MDT Print View

This may be 10 years from now. My girls are 2y and 6mo old. Kinda can't wait to throw them in the carrier packs and head out. Weather is finally cooperating.