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Winter Cabin

An Introduction to Family Backpacking: Winter “Cabin-ing”

Our family’s very first backpacking trip was a winter one. The destination? A cabin in Maine’s coastal Camden Hills State Park. It was an easy hike-in on packed snow. Our winter boots sufficed, we didn’t need skis or snowshoes as we followed the wide multi-purpose path, which in summer is actually a park road. It […]

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Camden Hills State Park

Relationships Forged in the Mountains

The second weekend in October marked our first-ever three-generation backpacking trip. It was a short overnighter in Nova Scotia’s Bluff Wilderness area, a small network of trails just south of Halifax. The trip was a mini-shakedown for testing some new gear for our upcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It also served the purpose of highlighting to Renee’s […]

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Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

Family Backpacking with Ultralight Gear

If you ask hikers why they got into lightweight or ultra-lightweight backpacking, you’ll get many answers. My reason was my kids. The high-tech of ultra-light gear and the mess and muss of kids may seem contradictory, but with each new addition to my family I’ve become a stronger proponent of the ultra-light mindset. Now, this […]

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