Poll: Good Idea or Bad Idea To Thru Hike With All The Kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cneill13 View Post
    So glad they are Done. Yea, they made the newspapers. Yea, they are a youtube publicity seeking couple who exploited their kids for a second of fame. Now that they finished, please don't show that father's face on the internet ever again. It haunts me at night.
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    I tried watching their videos on YouTube. But that father is so physically revolting, I had to quit. The camera in his face every morning. My gosh. Remember the old captain caveman cartoon? That is him.



    Surprised no one took issue with you first post. Hard to let it go by now that you have doubled down.

    This kind of stuff is really not cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capehiker View Post
    A little theatrical of a statement don’t you think? You believe the Crawford’s hike was a greater achievement than Bill Irwin?
    Well, there you go. Nothing wrong with your reading comprehension.
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    I'm just wondering what holy mission the do-gooders have moved onto now that we know the toddler survived with all of his fingers and toes (and cheeks) and hasn't suffered any permanent damage from his period of inactivity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonehiker View Post
    I'm just wondering what holy mission the do-gooders have moved onto now that we know the toddler survived with all of his fingers and toes (and cheeks) and hasn't suffered any permanent damage from his period of inactivity...
    Interestingly (or not), I have been wondering if the 2 year old will have any lower body mechanic issues from sitting in the carrier 6-8 hours a day for several months. Two is a vital age in when children begin to display consistent stride and gate.

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    If they can do it and be real assets to not just themselves but the AT community, fine. Maybe they have learned something about sharing resources, not being the gluttonous consumers Americans are famous for. I saw a family at Trader Joes the other day with a shopping cart for mom, dad, and each of the three kids, blocking the aisles.


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    Blind and Deaf man allowed to summit Katahdin, June, 2014:
    https://appalachiantrail.com/2014063...n-trail-hiker/

    Mother with 5yr old twins allowed to summit Katahdin, September, 2015:
    https://www.dailyprogress.com/appala...2d7d1b25a.html

    Buddy Backpacker given permission to summit Katahdin, September, 2013 (from buddypacker.com):
    "That fall, the Baxter State Park Authority granted Christian Thomas with permission to climb Mount Katahdyn. He was the first five-year-old granted permission and, on September 14, 2013, became the youngest person known to summit the peak and complete the entire northern half of the Appalachian Trail."

    I guess the Crawfords were not exceptional enough to be exceptions to the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capehiker View Post
    Interestingly (or not), I have been wondering if the 2 year old will have any lower body mechanic issues from sitting in the carrier 6-8 hours a day for several months. Two is a vital age in when children begin to display consistent stride and gate.
    You should watch the youtube video of Rainier going through Mahoosik(sp) Notch. There is absolutely nothing wrong with his lower body.

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    Good for them.

    The parents are still weirdos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Chief View Post
    Blind and Deaf man allowed to summit Katahdin, June, 2014:
    https://appalachiantrail.com/2014063...n-trail-hiker/
    Mother with 5yr old twins allowed to summit Katahdin, September, 2015:
    https://www.dailyprogress.com/appala...2d7d1b25a.html

    Buddy Backpacker given permission to summit Katahdin, September, 2013 (from buddypacker.com):
    "That fall, the Baxter State Park Authority granted Christian Thomas with permission to climb Mount Katahdyn. He was the first five-year-old granted permission and, on September 14, 2013, became the youngest person known to summit the peak and complete the entire northern half of the Appalachian Trail."
    I guess the Crawfords were not exceptional enough to be exceptions to the rules.
    So clearly there have been exceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Joe View Post
    So clearly there have been exceptions.
    But none for a child in a backpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpburdelljr View Post
    But none for a child in a backpack.
    Was that the stated reason? I thought it was an age thing.

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    I had the pleasure of three days of hiking with them in March. Same camp sites two nights. They were a great family.

    Hike your own hike, live your own life.

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    too bad they didn't just walk for the sake of walkin'. the media circus was by design. not impressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    too bad they didn't just walk for the sake of walkin'. the media circus was by design. not impressed
    I expect each member of the family’s motivation was a bit different.

    I wonder what BSP’s motivation was when they chose to refer to them as “a couple with a two year old” (no mention of the other 5 kids at all) when complementing them on Facebook on their decision to not break rules.

    Better for them not to say anything at all, I think.

    i certainly wasn’t holding my breath for a public congratulation, of course. Low key is good.

    Some of the 300 Facebook replies were interesting, most not. Good to see Warren Doyle weigh in. It’s been a long time since he wrote his letter from the P County jail.
    Last edited by rickb; 08-10-2018 at 04:55.

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    Amazing achievement, especially for the kids.

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    Meh either way it didn't bother me.
    I enjoyed seeing them "summit" and was happy to follow along on there journey.

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    katahdin.pdf A fascinating viewpoint here in this BPM article submission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockit Mann View Post
    katahdin.pdf A fascinating viewpoint here in this BPM article submission.
    What a bloviated piece of hogwash. I can’t believe how narcissistic and pretentious some people are.

    Btw- it’s not overlooked as demonstrated by other young children who didnt summit in recent years.

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