My 11 year old son and I recently completed a short section of the Colorado Trail (485 mile trail from Denver to Durango). Following is a brief overview of our trip.
We drove up to Kenosha Pass from Dallas and camped overnight in the Kenosha Pass campground at 10,000'.
My mom drove us about 50 miles down to the Buffalo Creek trailhead the next morning and we started the hike around 10 am. Stopped by a nice stream to filter water, have lunch and set up a hammock to rest and relax in (another nice feature of a hammock as opposed to a tent).
Continuing on we encountered a thunderstorm. We donned our raingear and continued hiking with our umbrellas.
As the storm intensified and started with some pretty intense hail, we took shelter under some trees.
Colorado thunderstorms are known for passing through pretty quickly, but this one lasted a few hours so we called it a day after about 7 miles and set up camp by a nice stream.
Next day we got in 11 miles, mostly uphill and camped at about 9,500'.
Again we were glad to have our hammocks since flat spots are few and far between in that area.
Day three started out with a steep climb up to 10,750'. That took a little bit of a toll on my son since he grew up at 750', but he's a trooper so we kept on. Got in almost 15 miles, even with a couple of nice hammock rest stops.
Views were awesome.
Hiked through the Lost Creek Wilderness on day 4 and finished up back at Kenosha Pass.
Total distance about 46 miles, total elevation gain was about 8,000'.
This was the first real backpacking trip for my youngest son and I didn't know what to expect as far as his stamina and elevation tolerance, but he did great and we had a fantastic time together. This will be a lifelong memory for me and I hope it is for him too.
The hammocks were great and we were both glad to have them instead of a tent. There are a few spots along these sections to tent camp, but the hammock sites are endless and we were able to camp in areas that seemed to have never been camped in before.
We owe a big thanks to Hammock Forums and to all the fantastic people on this site who have willingly shared their knowledge and passion for hammocks. (Must also thank Backpacking Light forums for their input and advice on lightweight gear.)
It's much appreciated my friends!
Hammocks - HH Hyperlights with ring buckles
Underquilts - JRB Rocky Mountain Sniveler long & a JRB Mt. Washington
Insulation - Montbell ULSS #1 (for my son) and a JRB No Sniveler long (for me)
Tarps - took 2 - a JRB 10'x11' sylnylon cat cut and a MLD cuben.
Stove - Bushbuddy ultra (sweet stove, 5 oz and no fuel to carry)
Shoes - Inov8 Roclite 295's with green superfeet (neither of us had a single blister)