Feb 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm #1313764
Maia JordanBPL Member
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:Feb 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm #2077148
Ken T.BPL Member
What's the longest your family has gone out for at one time to date?Feb 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm #2077385
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Gotta see some gear lists!Feb 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm #2077460
Jason ElsworthBPL Member
@jephotoLocale: New ZealandFeb 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm #2077464
rOg wBPL Member
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Damien TougasBPL Member
Ken: Our family backpacking trips thus far have topped-out at five days.Feb 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm #2077508
Damien TougasBPL Member
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 :-)Feb 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm #2077526
John S.BPL Member
If only a family trip of 5 days, what are the odds this trip will be completed? Less than 10%?Feb 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm #2077538
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
"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!!Feb 27, 2014 at 5:47 am #2077635
Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Front Range Zoo
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.Feb 27, 2014 at 7:11 am #2077657
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
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.Feb 27, 2014 at 10:48 am #2077724
Greg MihalikBPL Member
"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.Feb 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm #2077823
@glenn64Locale: Snowhere, MN
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.Mar 2, 2014 at 6:35 am #2078584
IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERABPL Member
@idtejeraLocale: CANARY ISLANDS
It's gorgeous. Good Luck family
ThanksMar 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm #2078690
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
I am so happy for all of you!
Great job, Mom & Dad!Mar 7, 2014 at 10:46 am #2080569
marjolein KeuningBPL Member
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?Mar 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm #2080698
John MyersBPL Member
@dallasLocale: North Texas
Cool family project!
Best wishes. Hope you make it the whole way, but even if that doesn't happen, the experience will be priceless.
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