Dec 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm #1252521
We knew we wanted to take Emily backpacking. We had successfully taken her car camping to our local state park at about 2 and a half months of age. We just couldn't seem to find the right weekend, either we had to be somewhere else or it was raining, mostly it was raining. There may be others who would not have been stopped by the kind of downpours the southeast got this fall but we were not that brave. Finally one Saturday afternoon in the beginning of November, when she was about 7 months, everything fell into place, no other commitments and suddenly no rain. Almost on the spur of the moment we loaded up and headed to everybodies first time trail in this area, Beechbottom trail to Jacks River.
We have an old model Kelty Baby carrier, it is not lightweight. We also took our old NF Bullfrog tent, also not lightweight, but we knew temps would hit the low 40's and that the tent would be warmer than the Spinntwinn Tarp. Everything else was UL gear and that made all the difference because a 19 lb baby is also not lightweight.
We pulled into camp just as it was getting dark, set up the tent built a little fire and ate. Emily fussed just a little at bed time, could have been the strange place, could have been some teething. She slepted wrapped in my MB Alpine Down jacket which we bought just for her and stayed warm except for her hands which she insists on raising over her head.
Emily loved riding in the backpack carrier and sitting around camp too.
Hopefully she doesn't get too heavy before the Spring.Dec 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm #1553149
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Way to go!!Dec 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm #1553172
Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
She is a cutie!
Luck that she has you for parent who will give her a life that where she has exposure to the outdoors, fresh air, and nature.
I started taking my daughter out for short trips when she was 2.5 years old and she thinks nothing of using a cat hole and is completely comfortable outdoors and sleeping in a tent.
Please post more of your future trips!
-TonyDec 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm #1553173
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
Nice one Andrew!
I love to see folks getting their kids into the outdoors at a young age.
Brings back some good memories for me. :)Dec 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm #1553328
Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Nice to see you passing it along to the next generation. Hope you didn't get any spit-up on the Montbell!
TOmDec 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm #1553450
george carrBPL Member
@hammer-oneLocale: Walking With The Son
Way to go! I LOVE the 1st picture. Your daughter looks so happy back there.Very cool!
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