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Toddlers, Tent Camping, and Thru-Hiking the AT

Q.} What is the earliest age at which we can start tent camping with a child? We were hoping to start thru-hiking the AT when our child reaches age two and half, but is that too young?
Submitted by: Deborah- St. Louis, MO
A.} I took my oldest son on his first camping trip at two months. It's easy and fun to take an infant camping (since they sleep most of the time, and can easily be carried in a front pack). It's not until they start crawling around that things get hairy in camp!

Thru-hiking the AT might be a slightly crazy idea! I've never heard of anyone doing it with kids that age. You might even set some records! The thing is this: at two and a half, the kids want to walk on their own (and they're pretty heavy to carry), but they're so darned poky! I usually advise parents with toddlers to ditch all their mileage expectations and slow things down to a crawl, limiting excursions to short hikes so that the kids can really enjoy themselves, and the parents don't get too stressed.

I actually think it would be easier to do a long hike with an infant than a toddler. By age five or six, your kids will be able to hike a few miles at a time on easy trail, but they'll be pretty slow, and get easily distracted by all the sights. The bottom line is that anything is possible, but it's probably best to adopt a wait-and-see policy. That way you can factor in your child's attitude towards the whole thing. I have one boy (my youngest) who is a hiking animal--he loves to just keep going and takes great pride in climbing peaks and clicking off the miles. My older boy needs to be cajoled along the trail with Skittles (I highly recommend hiking with a big stash!), and tends to complain a lot more. It just depends on the kid!

Two great resources I recommend looking into include a book written by my friend Eugene Buchanan, "Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids", and another book, "Tent and Car Camper's Handbook: Advice for Families & First-timers" that I co-wrote with BACKPACKER's Medicine Man Buck Tilton.
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MaggieRed
Jan 13, 2012

I guess this comment comes a little late, but I have been reading a book about a family that did the Continental Divide trail over a period of several years. They started when their children were only about 3yrs and 1.5yrs. If you want to see what thru-hiking with children (and diapers!) would be like, check out Scraping Heaven by Cindy Ross.

dropkick
Sep 29, 2010

My Dad used to tie me to the top of his pack before I could walk. I rode on top of his sleeping bag.

Jim
Sep 08, 2010

We took our daughter on backcountry trips before she was a year old. Easy to keep track of them when they can't walk. By age 6 she was going on Sierra backcountry hikes with her own pack complete with a small pillow and her Teddy Bear. We camped and backpacked until she graduated from college. She became a world class triathlete and now, as a mom with 2 youngsters, she is still running 3 hr marathons and starting to mountain bike race. I credit all of this athleticism to her early start in camping, hiking and backpacking.

sophia
Sep 01, 2010

Don't know about 2.5yo on the AT, but there is a family who hiked the Wonderland last year (93mi, 23,000ft elevation gain/loss - no easy trail) with a 2yo. In fact, with a 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, and 8yo. I'm sure they could offer some words of wisdom about spending extended time hiking tough trails - their blog is http://crawfordlife.com/. They have a couple videos documenting their trip.

tom
Aug 19, 2010

sorry forgot to leave my nameon the message below
By the way my daddies girl wants to go parachuting because I am a ex paratrooper. Now she's dragging me along LOL

Anonymous
Aug 19, 2010

When I was younger I lived down 7 miles of dirt road in the Sierra Foothills of Califirnia in a teepee and trailer. We never had to go far for a wonderful camping experience. My daughter a total daddies girl would pester me to go on day hikes with me, She was 2-1/2 YO at the time. So i bought here a tiny set of hikeing boots and earned the name the Lil stomper. She never slowed me down much, and would climb any rock taller than she. One time after hikeing most of the morning, I had a guilt attack for haveing had her hike so long and asked if she wanted a piggy back ride. Her reply was yelled back at me, I'm not a baby! GO FIGURE ! Today she is somewhat of a Tom Boy and at 17 still hasn;t worn a dress.
Many people attempt to thru hike the AT and fail, because of unreal expectations. Some of these restraints are time, mileage, and cash These are folks without children.
So I guess my advice would be to maybe hike sections of the At on weekends or week long trips, take your time and really enjoy the experience with your child, this will give them time to develop a appreciation for the out doors and you will garner lessons learned.

Claire
Aug 16, 2010

You guys are all awesome for sharing! Thank you!

We're headed to Acadia National Park in Maine for some hiking in the next couple of weeks with 4 and 2 year old girls. The 4 year old is pretty tough but the 2 year old is squirrely and probably won't want to walk or ride in a back pack. But, we're first timers! (We love to walk but never really hiked with the kids.) Thanks again!

Greg
Aug 16, 2010

Camping with an infant is easier before they become mobile. From one-three years of age seem like they wanted to go straight for the camp fire. My advice is when hiking and camping with young kids is not to over do it. It is better to stop early when they are eager to go again rather than tire them out so much that they end up hating it.

Tasty Beverage
Aug 10, 2010

I would agree with nearly all comments below - get your children out backpacking! I have four boys ages 4 months up to 6 years and we have hit the trail many times together; backpacking has happened for each of them by age 3. My personal rule of thumb for an upper extreme is 1 mile per day per year of age. So that brings you back to your thru-hike idea. Either your child walks and it takes about three years, or you carry and possibly hamper development. Like I said, take them backpacking now, but a thru-hike may be overly ambitious.

Extreme World Adventurer
Aug 09, 2010

For my 6th birthday my family backpacked the Grand Canyon on my request. My sister is 2.5 years younger and she went with us. A year earlier my parents led the trip for a group of Boy Scouts, and my sister (2.5) and I (5) were along for that trip too.
24 years later I'm leading teams into remote parts of southern AZ (6 months ago) and up into the Tetons (1 month ago).

BTW: My parents no longer have to leave Reese's Pieces on the trail ala Hansel and Gretel. But, they still promise ice-cream after a trip if I'll tell them the story and show them pictures.

Moral of the Story: Start them early, make it fun, and they'll be hiking for the rest of their lives.

Robert
Aug 08, 2010

There is nothing wrong with a young child traveling though the wilderness with their parents. This is the way I grew up here in New Zealand with my father taking all of the boys (regardless of age ) into the Southern Alps of the South Island. We had to carry our own gear. Also look at all of the young children out at sea on cruising yachts. The children set the pace. The only problem today is the Politically Correct brigade who would condemn such an educational experience for the children.

ssejhill
Aug 04, 2010

Why do I picture a trail lined with skittles ... ala Hansel and Gretel ... That's too funny Kristin!

Steve C
Aug 02, 2010

Wow, this theme has gotten a lot of comments. Didn't Sacajawea have a child along on the Lewis & Clark trip? That was a pretty long trip.

Rex Miatke
Aug 02, 2010

Have always hiked with my kids from 2 weeks of age forward. Kids belong in the woods not behind video games. Baxter climbed Mount Washington New Hampshire at age 5 on his own up and down. Madison cimbed Mount Washington also on his own up and down at ag 8. Kids that start early grow up loving the outdoors and long to be there.

Anonymous
Jul 31, 2010

We have been taking our kids hiking since ~ 2 weeks old. While they love the outdoors, the pace can be slow. The, now 3.5 yr old, would beg to hike and get out of the backpack carrier ... until his little sister arrived and was in her front/backpack. Now we have to beg him to get out and hike some --- we bribe with icecream at the end of the hike. His best distance has been about 2 miles downhill. Then again we hiked robbers roost in Utah with our friends and their 5 or so year old did the whole hike on his own with minimal motivation. Granted, all the other hikers were adults and I think he liked being part of the grown up hiking group.

Jane
Jul 30, 2010

started walking with my grandddaughter when she was 2...other grandchildren were added as they came along...oldest was backpacking at 4 and got her first junior ranger badge that year. Not all of them are long distance hikers...one likes to hold hands and chat as we amble...one likes to look at every piece of bark and rock and bug...one has plans to move into the woods and build a survivor camp as soon as he is 18 (lol)...the only long distance hiker so far is the oldest: by the time she was 6 a two mile hike was filled with whining and dragging, but the third mile she settles into her stride and has to be forced to stop. At 11 she now carries about 15 pounds herself and love to be out in the woods.

frank
Jul 29, 2010

i did 80 miles in PA with an 11 yr old and althoughshe had a blast it was sooo slow I need 500 more to finish

Ron
Jul 29, 2010

The key thing is to make it fun...and fun is determined by the child, NOT BY YOU! You will have to surrender all your agendas and make the outing exclusively about providing a fun experience for the child. If he or she has fun, they'll want to do it again, and for longer. If they don't, you'll have a tough time selling them on hiking next time. Find short hikes (maybe far less than a mile) with a BIG payoff at the end (swimming, animals, playground, etc.), and go at whatever pace your child wants to go. Allow them to stop and get distracted by the wonders of nature (remember, that IS what this is all about after all). Talk to them about bugs and birds and dirt and plants. And yes, bring plenty of your child's favorite snacks and drinks. My son (who is now 14) has been in the woods with me walking on his own since he was about two, but those initial jaunts were frustrating for me until I realized that I needed to let him set the agenda and the pace. Then we all started having fun, and today, he LOVES to do anything in the outdoors with me.

Ron
Jul 29, 2010

The key thing is to make it fun...and fun is determined by the child, NOT BY YOU! You will have to surrender all your agendas and make the outing exclusively about providing a fun experience for the child. If he or she has fun, they'll want to do it again, and for longer. If they don't, you'll have a tough time selling them on hiking next time. Find short hikes (maybe far less than a mile) with a BIG payoff at the end (swimming, animals, playground, etc.), and go at whatever pace your child wants to go. Allow them to stop and get distracted by the wonders of nature (remember, that IS what this is all about after all). Talk to them about bugs and birds and dirt and plants. And yes, bring plenty of your child's favorite snacks and drinks. My son (who is now 14) has been in the woods with me walking on his own since he was about two, but those initial jaunts were frustrating for me until I realized that I needed to let him set the agenda and the pace. Then we all started having fun, and today, he LOVES to do anything in the outdoors with me.

Grandpa
Jul 29, 2010

I just wanted to add to my previous, already long-winded comment.

The first time my grandson and I backpacked, I rigged up a small backpack for him and put a few of his toys in it. It didn't weigh over two pounds. The next year, when he was five, we did a seventeen mile, two day hike to South Rim in Big Bend National Park. That time, he carried about four pounds. A few months later, we did the hike again and he carried about five or six pounds, including the down Marmot bag I got him. He wanted to take more and several times loaded himself up after we'd stop for lunch, etc.

On the first trip to the Rim, we met a man with his eighteen month old toddler there, so my five year old grandson wasn't the youngest, however, the toddler had hitched a ride in his father's pack. The father and I expressed to each other the importance of raising children to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors.

I got my little guy's pack at Walmart for only a few bucks. I used a bandana to make a chest strap so that the pack would ride better and I took the excess strapping on the shoulder straps to rig a waist belt. Without all that, the pack kept slipping off.

I like to use hiking poles. Once, I made the mistake of carrying an extra set for him. Now, we just share my set because he got bored with the extra set and I ended up hauling two sets for miles. If he doesn't want to use/play with my other pole, I stow it and we continue hand in hand, with me using one pole.

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Stupid question time, what is the best way to wash camp dishes without hauling extra gear and wasting water? Do you have to boil/filter the water used for cleaning? Are dishes detergents bad for the environment? How do you dispose of dirty dish water?
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My wife and I are going to take our baby (born in December last year) hiking and camping with us and our dog this summer. Do you have gear recommendations for the main gear: baby carrier, baby sleeping gear, dirty diaper containment, etc?
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I am having a very hard time finding the right pair of trail pants. I've searched online and found what seems to be a thousand pairs and none are the right pair. Do you have a favorite?
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I love my sleeping bag/pad combo, except for one thing. I can't stop sliding off the pad! Is there anything that I can do to my pad to cut down on the sliding
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I am confused about the capacity figures that backpack manufacturers claim. With particular regards to daypacks it seems that the figures advertised are always about 20% higher than what the pack actually holds. What gives? And how many cubic inches do I need for a daypack or a week-long pack?
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My friends are getting married in a month and I want to give them a piece of gear specifically for couples. I looked into couples sleeping bags, my first choice, but I can't spend more than $200. Can you suggest something thoughtful and high quality?
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I need a new winter sleeping bag. Should I choose a sleeping bag with or without a waterproof laminate? Can you explain the difference?
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Dear Kristin, What is the ideal way to rig your 4-season tent for cold weather? My tent has zip in/out panels and I'm not sure what the right balance is between keeping the heat in and getting the condensation out.
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Kristin, do you have any tips for winter cooking? How should I set my backcountry kitchen up differently? Can I cook in my tent?
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When walking around the neighborhood or out walking the dogs usually duringwinter the streets are most times icy. Are there any shoes or hiking boots that are studded or ones that would be best for ice?
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Dear Kristin,
I love being outside when it's cold, especially hiking, and I wear glasses.
I have a hard time wearing face masks or balaclavas because my warm breath fogs up my glasses as I breathe out into whatever is covering my face. Any suggestions on being fog free?

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I am going on a week-long trip at around 10,500 feet elevation and we'll be using mules to carry our gear. Any suggestions on how to keep our food cold so we can carry perishables such as steak/chicken etc?
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How do I get rid of cold feet while in my sleeping bag in the middle of the night? The rest of my body is fine but my feet are freezing.
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Hats: Is there a secret to finding/wearing a great one as it gets colder out there? Synthetic? Wool? Is there one that's better than the other?
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I'm a sweaty sleeper. Any tips?
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I'm a cold sleeper. How do I sleep warmer?
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What's your method for storing and hauling your trash on a multi-day trip? I usually just use plastic bags but there's got to be a more packable way.
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Kristin, can you recommend a good glove system for colder hikes? Should I bring one pair or two? What should they be made of? Oh, and with longer gloves that bungee up my wrist, should that portion go over or under my jacket sleeve?
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What's the proper teeth brushing procedure in the woods? Is there one?


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It's getting cold out there--when do I need a hardshell and when do I need a softshell? I've never really understood the difference and when to use which jacket. Help!
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What's a good set of on trail eating utensils--fork, spoon, etc?
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Hey Kristin, this doesn’t seem to come up very often but should I be wearing a different kind of underwear in the backcountry than I do every day? Any recommendations?
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I'm having trouble deciding upon an insulating layer. I can't decide to go with fleece or PrimaLoft. What are the downs and ups of the two?


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How should my daypack fit? Should it fit differently from my weekend or week-long pack?
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Hey Kristin, I've got a great sleeping bag but I can't sleep without a pillow. Do you have a recommendation for a lightweight pillow or so kind of trick for making one with my gear?
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I've read many outdoor books to get up to speed on camping, cooking, hiking, etc. I would like to hear what your choices of books might be in the outdoor education area. One of my complaints is that they all start to sound the same.
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Going to the bathroom in the wild. What do I need? Do I need to pack out my waste? How? I'm going on a multi-day trip and am not sure what I need.

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How do I remove pine sap from my down sleeping bag (and other gear for that matter)?
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I love hiking and camping, but not alone. I'm one of those people who think about running away when I hear one stick break in the woods. Is there any way I could mentally prepare myself for sleeping alone in the wilderness?
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Hey Kristin, I'm a navigation newbie. Basically, I just head to the trailhead, look at the map there, and go. Is there essential, basic navigation equipment that I should have at all times, even on a dayhike?
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Dear Kristin,
Time and miles have taken their toll on the knees with one total knee replacement recently. I am getting back to limited hiking and some of the folks I pass on the trail are very high on the use of trekking poles. I would value your advice as to tips on how to adjust them to the proper length and techniques for most advantageous use of the poles to both reduce stress on the knees and ensure stability (twisting artificial knees is very painful!). I sure hope these poles are a benefit and not just an equipment fad?
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Kristin,
My wife and I are becoming more serious backpackers and l am shopping around to replace the tent that I've been using since childhood.  Could you explain what “minimum weight,” “packaged weight,” and similar terms mean? Thanks, Rick

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I know I'm supposed to use a bear canister all the time in bear country but they can be bulky. If I'm going on an overnight trip, do I really need one? And if I do, is there a sealable bag option that might work?
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What's the best way to keep pack contents dry. Pack covers and pack liners have failed repeatedly. Should I just rely on zip lock bags?
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Baselayers. I need a good one. I know wool is great but frankly, I itch and get pretty hot when I'm mid hike. Any suggestions?
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How do I get the campfire stench out of my gear? I tried washing it but no-go.
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What can I feed my dog throughout the day while we are hiking to keep his energy up?

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Can a water purifier purify pee?
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Alas, pain in my shoulders and hips is destroying my ability to camp. I can no longer sleep on the ground, even with a thin mattress underneath. What is the best, most cushioned, and lightweight pad that might help solve this problem?
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I commute by bicycle to work 15 miles one way. Where can I find a backpack for clothing and hydration that is visible to vehicles?
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Is it really necessary to have big hiking boots with really sturdy ankle support? I've always used trail runners on multi-day trips without a problem.
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Times are rough, and I don't have the spare cash to blow on top-dollar gear for every essential. If I have to skimp on one, which one should I cut corners: tent, sleeping bag, pack, or boots?
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What would you suggest for a windproof lighter that is simple and dependable?
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I am going to summit Kilimanjaro, but I only have summer weight sleeping bags good to 40 degrees. Given the high cost of lightweight, warm bags and that I don't winter camp, would it be effective to double bag a couple of my summer bags?
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How should a shell fit? I can't decide between a large or an extra large. Is it best to have ample layering room or should it be tight and form fitting? I can't decide whether to go up or down.
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Does Talc powder block the GoreTex Membrane of my boots? And what is the best odor killers for GoreTex Boots?

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Do campfires deter bears?

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I have been backpacking for 15 years and I have not been able to find a way to stop black toenails. I have changed my lacing especially going downhill, always trim toenails and had several different types of boots. Help!
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On a recent backpacking trip, the sole of one of my hiking boots came loose. I was able to use a tent cord to tie it on and hike back to the trailhead. How do you repair loose soles on hiking boots?
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I'm an extremely heavy sweater no matter what the weather. Should I really trust my hi-tech clothing to be absolutely dried by my body heat? Or is it better to carry extra clothing to change? I can't imagine risking the chance of sleeping damp.
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What is the best way to clean my down bag? Should it be dry-cleaned or can I just throw it in the wash?
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I have been backpacking for a little over a year and would like to try some cold weather backpacking. I am wondering how to keep warm in the tent at night. Is there a such thing as a backpacker tent heater? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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How do you remove poison oak or ivy sap from boots?

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I am tired of iodine for water purification and I am considering a filter (like the Hyperflow), but I see that it doesn't filter viruses. If I only backpack in America, do I have to get a filter with a purifier, or will a filter for bacteria only suffice? Going to Big Bend in 3 weeks and I'm clueless...
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Kristin, I was wondering about your thoughts on waterproofing your own
clothes, particularly pants. I have never used any sprayon or wash in
waterproofing product. Would something like that work to waterproof your
pants or would that be a waste of time?


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Is steel better than aluminum when choosing crampons?
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When camping in subzero temperatures whats the best way to keep my food warm long enough to eat it and whats a good way to clean the pot once the food has frozen itself to the sides?
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My favorite trail is snowed over now but I still want to get out there. Should I use snowshoes or crampons? Or is there something in between?


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I'm an amateur hiker/backpacker and I'm wondering how much gear I should pack. I don't want to bring too little, and I don't want to be overexerting myself with too much. What's in the ideal pack?
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What are the best products for re-waterproofing Gore-Tex rain jackets?
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Is it safe or advisable to use Febreeze or other "fabric refreshers" on my down sleeping bag?
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Dear Kristin, I just started hiking through mountain trails in the last year or so. I'm ready to take on full weekend backpacking trips. My main concern is food. What are some important tools to take along for good food prep?
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Dear Kristin,
How do I prevent chafing? I have been on many long distance hikes in the last year and seem plagued by raw spots. I have tried talc, shaving and even gone commando to the summit of the South Sister. What's the deal and what really works?
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Should I be worried about hiking in bear country when menstruating?
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Dear Kristin
I've never really understood the principles of layering. For cold weather treks, should my baselayer be cotton or wool? What about my midlayer? Wool? Fleece? What are the basics of layering for any occasion?
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Dear Kristin, How can you carry on trekking poles when flying a commercial airline?
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I take long dayhikes (20-30 miles) and am looking for an emergency shelter to use in case I don't make it out before nightfall. I don't want to carry a tent. I have been considering a bivy sack - something just to keep me warm and dry. Will a waterproof bivy sack on its own be sufficient in case of rain?
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Is it okay to keep your backpack in your tent at night? There seems to be two opposing camps (no pun intended, or maybe it was)on this issue.
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I wear size 11 EE boots. I have tried to get hiking boots via mail order without success because they are always far narrower than marked. Do you know of a boot maker who makes really wide boots that are true to size? Thanks.
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Canister backpacking stoves are becoming so popular, but I have a concern about them that I can't find much info about. Are the canisters refillable or recyclable? Or are we just creating more waste when we purchase these stoves in the quest of lightness?
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Is there a multipurpose helmet out there I can use for skiing, climbing etc. or should I just plan on getting one for each season/sport?
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I'm confused about the capacity figures that backpack manufacturers claim. With daypacks it seems that the figures advertised are always about 20 percent higher than what the pack actually holds. What gives?
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Is it true that mummy bags should not be stored in a stuff sack, but rather hung in closet between trips? Seems like a waste of space.
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When camping in frigid temperatures, what's the best way to keep my food warm long enough to eat it? And how can I clean my pot once the food has frozen itself to the sides?
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Dear Kristin,
I plan on backpacking Europe for about a month. What is the most suitable backpack for me to use?
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I do a bit of camping on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am looking for a 3-person tent that can withstand the howls and gusts of the winds without collapsing or flapping so loud it keeps me awake. No $3,000 tents please.
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What is the best way to wash my fleece so that I get longer use out of it?
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I just returned from a trip to the High Sierra and found a 1/2 inch tear in the bottom of my Big Agnes tent. The fabric is silicone treated nylon. How do I fix it?
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My wife and I have decided we want to hit the trail and take some overnight and weekend trips.

The trouble is, I'm a big guy: 6 feet tall and 325 lbs. Big. Since no amount of vertical stripes and black cloth can conceal that fact, I'm not going to wait for the flab to fall off so I can enjoy nature, so I've already begun to accumulate equipment. Unfortunately, I've come to an impasse; that being the distance between the clips on the hipbelt of every pack I've tried. My question is, are there any companies that make packs for bigger guys, and a 54" waist? I'll avoid going for a Krispy Kreme while I await your suggestions.


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In your video on Camp Stoves, why do you keep one of the gas canisters in a pan of water?
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I bought a pair of Swiss Gear poles from Wal-Mart for $17.00 just to see if I liked using them and have been very satisfied. I learned I do like using the poles and I've seen much more expensive ones in my local outdoor shop. What's the difference? Should I step up and buy the pricier ones? Thanks
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The plastic buckle on my pack's hip-belt slips. Is there a way to make it stay in place, or a better buckle? I have to cinch the belt really tight to keep it on my hips, but in 20 minutes or less, I'm adjusting it again.
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Dear Kristin,
I've been told that when using a down sleeping bag, sleeping in the buff will keep you warmer than sleeping in clothing. Is this true? (I've yet to do my own experimenting, as I like to wear long underwear to bed in order to keep my bag cleaner.)
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We're an experienced group of backpackers/fly fishermen here in Colorado. We will be camping in tundra this summer and we were wondering about our food bags. Since there are no trees to hang the food, what are our options? Thank you.
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Some friends and I are planning to backpack the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail over spring break. We are all Eagle Scouts, but we have concerns about travel speed. We have 106 miles planned and are trying to figure out a good distance to travel each day. We are novice backpackers and one member of the party is rather out of shape. What is your mileage recommendation?
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Dear Kristin, I want to start going ultralight. I've looked at tarps and bivy sacks but what do you think about hammocks? They look nice, but do they really work?
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What is the best way to get rid of leftover white gas, before I get on the plane to fly home?
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Do you have any suggestions on camp shoes? After backpacking all day in my hiking boots I don't really feel like wearing them around anymore.
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What causes–and how do you prevent–air bubbles from showing up in liquid filled compasses? Just about every liquid filled compass I have used usually gets a small air bubble in it.
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Over the years I've hoarded a lot of dehydrated food. Does this stuff ever go bad?
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I'm looking at down jackets. Some labels say 650-fill, some say 700-fill–what does it mean? Is it a unit of density of the down material or is it the quality of the down material or is it something else? How does it relate to the degree of insulation of a jacket or a sleeping bag, for that matter?
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Dear Kristin, I am getting ready to buy a new tent and I've heard that bears are attracted to brightly colored tents, but that they ignore dull colors. Does it really matter whether the tent is bright or subdued?
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Dear Kristin,
After reading many of your ultralight articles, I am seriously going to give it a try, starting with my kitchen gear. How good are the alcohol stoves at high elevations and/or any elevation?
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What's the best way to re-attach seam seal tape that is pulling away from waterproof fabric items such as a waterproof stuff sack or tent fly?
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Down versus synthetic sleeping bags: What's the deal?
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