"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
— John Muir
Subscribing to this thread for the future.
We're getting our 6 month old out next month so he's obviously not carrying anything, but before you know it...
It's already blowing my mind how quick he's growing up.
When my oldest girls were 7, 5, and 2, I had a vision of taking them backpacking in the Rockies. It's been a joy to see this come to pass.
They're now 24, 23, and 20, and it's been a real pleasure to hike with them in the mountains! They've all been above 13,000 ft, and have experienced the thrill of seeing the world from that vantage point.
I'm planning to take my 13 yo son on the Ozark Highlands Trail in June, covering ~20 miles. He hasn't been a backpacker, but it should be a growing experience for us both. We're looking forward to it.
Go for it!