Photo Trip Report: Family Micro Adventure on Cinder Hill

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10 Responses

  1. Elijah says:

    You guys are awesome! 🙂

  2. Tord Hoppe says:

    I think your last sentence is key for us with young kids, “confidence booster”. This type of outing is IMO superb in allowing them to stretch their legs, both figuratively and literally. They, and often we parents as well, learn that they can handle much more than they thought with the safety net of a relatively simple way out IF the stuff hits the fan.

    • Derek says:

      Thanks. I agree–I’ve been amazed at what my kids can do, and at the same time, I’ve had to give up on bigger more demanding treks so I can enjoy the companionship of my kids and build these experiences. My hope is that these micro adventures will build their confidence as well as their love of adventures so we can take on bigger trips in the future.

  3. Ron small says:

    Sorry derek .probs with my ipad .Cheers ron

  4. Ron small says:

    Thanks derek for bringing back some nice memories mine are are allgrown up in their 50s but still talk about our trips at that age cheers Ron

  5. Robb Simer says:

    It is fantastic that you enjoy your sons as you do. Going on expeditions where they pull their weight just ass you do, is great for them – and you. It builds their confidence in themselves and your cocnfidence that you are doing right in their upbringing. You are an ACE, Dad.

  6. Brooke says:

    Hi Derek! I’ve been reading your posts recently and ordered your book on my Kindle. I love it. I’ve been on the hunt for the right hammock and was wondering if I could get your recommendation?

    I love backpacking, especially in Havasupai. I’m looking for a hammock that is quick to set up and take down, light weight, rain fly and included/removable bug net. As crazy as this sounds, I got caught in a flash flood down there last year in 2013 and needless to say, we had to pack out quick because we had warning of another possible one hitting that night. The only belongings I had that survived were what was attached to the hammock. So I like the idea of having a quick take down and pack up.

    I’ve been trying different suspensions and am trying to limit as much hardware as possible while still being able to quickly adjust the angles on both ends. I have some ENO’s and haven’t been cared for those as much lately. Recently ordered the Hennessy Asym Zip ultralight 1.9oz. I love it except you can’t really sit up in it if you want and using it as a chair on the outside is awkward with the ridgeline. However, the all-in-one is awesome. I’ve been eyeing the Warbonnet Blackbird. Any suggestions?


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