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    Son's first backpacking trip

    So I am about to take my step son (11 yrs old) on his first backpacking trip. We are going to Marion Lake Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. Funds are at a minimum basically just gas. Ideas? Leaving tomorrow around 5pm EST or 2PM PST.

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    You know where your going.. what are you asking?

    I get to scout out a site tomorrow then I think im headed south for s 2-3 day packing trip on Tuesday yay!

    Quote Originally Posted by bgraybackpacker View Post
    So I am about to take my step son (11 yrs old) on his first backpacking trip. We are going to Marion Lake Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. Funds are at a minimum basically just gas. Ideas? Leaving tomorrow around 5pm EST or 2PM PST.

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    awesome dude. i'm jealous.

    have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_R View Post
    You know where your going.. what are you asking?

    I get to scout out a site tomorrow then I think im headed south for s 2-3 day packing trip on Tuesday yay!
    I am basically looking for things to defeat boredom which is an 11 yr olds worst nightmare. I got fishing and fire building. Any other ideas.

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    Bring a friend and there kid?
    Come up with a cool project you can build. Maybe a shelter?
    Fishing would have kept me happy.. if I caught anything..

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    Scavenger hunt: Write down a list of flora and fauna in the area and see how many he can find, will also give you a chance to look like smartest dad in the whole world as you would have read up a bit on each thing so you can teach some interesting facts.

    Knife: Good time for him to recieve his first knife. Perhaps a hand me down you don't use too much any more. Show him how to sharpen it, and how to handle it. He can prctice cutting on sticks for the fire.

    Pooping: It seems silly, but he's got to learn sometime.

    Tracking: Look for small wildlife tracks and follow them for a bit, see where they lead you. Might get lucky and be able to just watch some wildlife for a bit.

    All else fails, pack a Gameboy/iPod/whatever portable device keeps him entertained around the house as an absolute last resort.
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    i struggle too from boredom on the trail, especially when not hiking all day.

    in those situations.. i just "beck" my hammock suspension or play with my thingies ----triangle thingies

    yeah, this does not help
    "Jeff-Becking"

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    If you pick up one of those bushcraft books it'll keep you guys busy for a long time. You can practice various little traps, shelters, fire building techniques, knots and all kinds of things. You can take turns picking projects to try.
    Learning how to tie a couple knots never killed nobody. First ones I ever learned were pretty hard but they've kept my shoes on me for the better part of 45 years.
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