Jun 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm #1260388
Took out the kids for a 24 in the local mountains on Saturday night. UL is sweet in that it really helps us get out. Too often I see parents with overloaded kids struggling through the woods…a great way to kill the fun.
A great quick trip with my favorite partners…
On the way in…
Heading homeJun 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm #1622123
That looks great. Care to talk us through what gear the kids are using, and what clothing they carry.
In fact this probably deserves a thread of it's own.
RodJun 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm #1622135
This sort of trip is so easy I don't have to worry about too much gear for us. The weather is also so predictable in summer here that raingear, etc. is unneeded.
Here's our general gear list:
My daughter carried:
-Homemade pack (~6oz.)
-My WM Summerlite
-a BPL inflatable pillow
-spare shoes (slippers)
-her sleep/dry clothes…there are plenty of river crossings (spare underwear, a LS top, flannel pants, socks, beanie)
-Gatorade (she insisted)
*I'd put her pack weight at ~5 lbs.
-Homemade pack (~6 oz.)
-adult sized homemade quilt (~20 oz)
-GG Nitelite pad
-spare shoes (crocs)
-sleep/dry clothes (same as daughter)
-his Mora knife
I'd say he was also at ~5-6 lbs.
They both carry their gear comfortably.
Outside of my personal gear, the shared stuff is:
-Golite Shangri La 3 with inner nest (I never carry the nest on my own but the kids like it)
-Snowpeak Gigapower Ti (When feeding hungry kids, speed is of the essence)
-2 cookpots: Snowpeak 1400 Ti with frypan lid (which one kid uses as a bowl/cup), Evernew 900 Ti pot w/ foil lid, 1 Ti cup, 3 BPL Ti sporks. They all nest nicely when the handles are taken off the Evernew.
-I carried my daughter's sleeping pad (Ridgerest 3/4)
-I carry their jackets (generic nylon shell with fleece lining)
-I also carry a MSR Miniworks when with the kids on short trips…easier to have them pump than have them wait for Aqua Mira.
I think that's all that's noteworthy…Jun 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm #1622154
@litebriteLocale: Canadian Rockies
Great report Craig, and nice to see that you're passing your experience along to the next generation of UL Hikers!Jun 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm #1622156
Have you written them up in the MYOG Craig? I'd be interested in taking a look.
Looks like I need to MYOG a couple of quilts too.
RodJun 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm #1622160
Here's the link to the first one I made. I was wrong in my post above- it's 9 oz. (the one my daughter is carrying).
It was originally for my son; he's getting bigger so it went to my daughter. He now uses a more minimal version of the one I first made him (no side pockets, no hipbelt, no compression straps). It's 6 oz.
I've been using adult bags and quilts for them. A good adult bag/quilt is light enough as it is- no need to purchase bags for the kids. I just fold the footbox under them.Jun 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm #1622165
thanks for sharing.Jun 29, 2010 at 9:53 am #1624507
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
I enjoyed the trip report, but particularly interested the MYOG backpack that was described the link. I agree that REI only has ridiculously weavy and expensive packs for kids. I had talked with Gossamer gear and MLD, both of whom are looking at a kid's version.
My 7 yr old has been bothering me for a pack, so I might have to think about doing some sewing.
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