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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    I've had someone tell my (at the time 8 yrs old) daughter that the pack she was carrying was way too big for someone her size. This was based on no fact I could ascertain except the perceived pack size. The pack was filled mostly with down quilts and was well within the percentage of weight someone her age and size should be carrying. Of course my daughter glommed onto that one comment and began to complain and refuse to carry her pack for most of the rest of the trip because it was "too heavy". She had been gloriously oblivious to the (non) pack weight before he spoke up. Thanks random hiker guy. Thanks a lot.

    As far as too young to hang? Never too young or too old.


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    That is so irresponsible, how dare you expose a child to sunshine, trees, animals and air. You should be ashamed of yourself, i would never risk my sons life by walking! Shameful! (extreme sarcasm) Its interesting, my relatives who have never been in the woods for extended amounts of time always dread me going, citing irrational fears of being eaten by wild animals or lost. They never consider the 2-3000lb bullets hurling down the road past them, they never consider me driving to work excessively risky vs hiking. Strange how people think.

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    i like it mouser!!!!!!
    i do not remember the question, however i believe beer is the answer

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    One of my earliest memories of being outdoors is an overnight backpacking/fishing trip that an uncle took me on when I was a precocious 4 yr old. For me, it is a very fond memory and I'm certain that it cemented a love of outdoors pursuits in me at that age.

    Never mind the naysayers...the memories you give your children of being 'out there' are worth the effort and will be cherished.

    As far as the hammock goes...it's not more dangerous than a tent. As long as you take precautions and are there to assist if something comes up, it's just another form of shelter.
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    Wasn't it just like a year or two ago a 16y/o climbed Everest (or some other big mountain) and it was all in the new's/newspapers and magazine's!
    What I would have asked him was how old are those boys you camping with?
    I think it's great that children get out and camp, hike, hang in hammocks! Cudo's too all who take their kid's out and have fun in the wood's!
    What he should have done was mind his own business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

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    Age is a frame of mind. I share everything with my son, this includes Adventure, it's how he learns. I watch him, take our time, take extra precautions and enjoy being with him.

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    Roger That, Bear!!

    The snoop should've been verbally attacked for interferance in your family affairs. Questions should've been raised as to all the unsafe things that snoop was doing with all those scouts. The guy had no business injecting his own weeny-ism into your childs up-bringing.

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    I would love to see my 7 year old daughter respond to a comment/question like that. Her response might be clearer and more informative to those that question the matter at hand. Where I would tend to be defensive in my decision to take her camping/backpacking/hanging, my guess is she would explain all the precautions that we go through prior to any trip.

    . . . besides, its been subliminally implanted in her that hangin' with dad is just too cool!
    “He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words”
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    +1 on Muskrats comments

    I would just turn my daughter (2sticks) on him for about 30 minutes and he would be well informed and ready for some quiet time
    Last edited by hangnout; 05-17-2010 at 18:11.

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    Been camping since I was 2.5, my brother was about 1 month old, my kids started at a similar age. Personally, I think that is about the right age to start hanging too.
    When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, you’re home.
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