Apr 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm #1301833
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:Apr 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm #1977543
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I'm trying to decide which is my favorite picture. I think it's the last one with Flora and Fany setting up the tent!Apr 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm #1977549
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Thanks for writing this, it has been a joy to see the progress of you little family.
I do remember the original "heated debate" thread about your possible planned adventure. I am glad to see the great experience you had, not always easy but great non the less.Apr 17, 2013 at 12:17 am #1977559
Lars Laird IversenSpectator
Thanks! Inspiring stuff! We're just trying to figure out how to get some wilderness time with two kids under two years. Reading your two articles gives both practical clues and inspiration!
With two, I'm afraid we won't be able to carry tents and all, but planning to find the best place to pitch a tent and do good daytrips.Apr 17, 2013 at 1:06 am #1977563
Inspirational, to say the least!!
Thanks very much indeed for writing this.
Taking our 2 year old daughter out in the Alps this summer. This article takes away some of the doubts and fears.Apr 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm #1977746
@wsafleyLocale: Eastern NC
Thanks for writing this. While I haven't been on such a long adventure with a toddler, my family did go backpacking for a couple of nights at our favorite weekend spot with our 2 year old daughter when my wife was 6 months pregnant with our second child. It was only a couple of miles in, though, up an old fire road.
We continued such activities throughout both our children's childhoods. It definitely made an impression on my daughter. She graduated from college a couple of years ago and is now working in the field of environmental education.
Thanks again for sharing, and I hope you continue to enjoy outings like that with your family.Apr 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm #1977840
Thanks for sharing your adventure!! We have 3 little ones, 5, 3 & 16 mths and try to get them out as much as we can including short backpacking trips. They all love being outside and behave and sleep better the more time the get outside. That says something in itself.
What did you use for a carrier? We'll need something a bit more robust for our 16 mth old this year as she is already 27 lbs.
Also, I'm curious how you managed diapers, especially night-time?
Thanks!!Apr 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm #1978261
I couldn't agree more with your comments about safety … And how ironic it is that as we, as a society, try to shield children from natural dangers we actually end up doing more harm than good. As an outdoor mom/ family I do sometimes wonder if I've pushed the line too far, but I never question the value of raising our daughter in the mountains. Thanks for a great read!Apr 20, 2013 at 4:40 am #1978617
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Very nice read! And what an adventure for all!
Trust me, as your little girl gets older and asks Mommy and Daddy to tell her stories about "when I was a baby", she will delight as you detail her first mountain, her walking stick (sword), and all you enjoyed together, as well as how she couldn't get enough of nature.
I applaud your family's zeal for LIVING.Apr 20, 2013 at 7:25 am #1978643
Wonderful … simply wonderful. Your daughter was wise beyond her years to choose such parents:-)Apr 20, 2013 at 7:55 am #1978652
Daryl and DarylParticipant
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Very moving. Thanks for the words and photos.Apr 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm #1980503
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I can't see the comments from my account but here are some replies to comments I received through Roger:
Mary, Tad, Karl-Johan, Amy: thanks and glad you enjoyed reading it.
thanks and yep, the link between children playing in nature and later becoming nature protectors is obvious and proven. George Monbiot once wrote a great article on that. Did you know that in the UK in 1 generation the proportion of children regularly playing outside dropped from 46% to 10%? Imagine what that does with nature protection efforts. It's one little subject in my book.
yep, thru-hike looks difficult with 2 under 2 years. Although I know some people that do something like that, even in winter in Norway. Don't ask me how but look for yourself here: https://www.facebook.com/TrisTransSaga?ref=ts&fref=ts
at 15 months we used a deuter kid comfort 3 and at 27 and at 30 months we used a vaude jolly. the deuter is more heavy but for a 15 month old, the comfort is important and the deuter has more comfort. On diapers: 4 a day, in packages of 5 days so 20 diapers – which we send to ourselves in a post package, at the start of the trip, to mountain huts or other places where we slept. we also posted the gas refills, the smallest ones on the market, plus a few renewables so in total we posted almost 2kg to ourselves. By the time she was 27 months that was no longer needed! only one night diaper and even that one remained dry most of the time.
Enjoy the outdoors, folks! Never to early to start :-)
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