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I love taking my kids with me. Yes, it is more work for me but they do carry mostly everything they need except tent and meals..I just love being outdoors with them and seeing their expressions when we reach the top of the mountain and have a beautifull view.  Or when we have to cross a nicely flowing creek, or do a little scramble, or see some deer or other wildlife. I love when we can relax at night and talk. When we wake up in the early morning and all is calm and peacefull. I love when we are home and they are talking about the times we went backpacking or asking when we will go again. When they write about camping/backpacking in school and how much fun they have with me. I hope that they continue to do this as they get older and I am no longer with them..though I plan on being around for a good long long long long time. I forgot which book I read this in but the author said," What I did yesterday I can do today, and what I can do today, I can do tomorrow."...He was referring to getting out and hiking/backpacking/camping...or anything in life for that matter. I guess its like the old saying.."you are only as old as you feel". Anyway..just ranting and raving a bit about how much I love taking my kids backpacking with me and I cant wait to step it up a notch with them as they get more comfortable doing this..little by little we will get there..and they cant wait either!!!

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I love the idea of taking my kids.  Right now, they love being outside, not 100% outdoors if you know the difference.

Mine are too young right now to hike with me for any real distance.  They enjoy it for a short while though, and those times are priceless.


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We are enjoying hiking with our little ones . 3 and 5! So much fun!
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Great read! How do you approach getting them gear without breaking the bank? I usually scour the sale websites which can still be expensive when they out grow everything within a year. I am in an area where nothing of note ever turns up on craigslist or the Goodwill stores.
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Great read! How do you approach getting them gear without breaking the bank? I usually scour the sale websites which can still be expensive when they out grow everything within a year. I am in an area where nothing of note ever turns up on craigslist or the Goodwill stores.

unfortunatly..it is a bit exspensive. The packs last way more then a year. 1 I bought from a member on here, the other 2 I bought new. The quilts will also last them a few years. I bought 1 from a member on here for a good price..actually I think I bought 2 of them. The sleeping pads (thermarest neo airs) are all small size..which they will never outgrow..as I use a small size also. I didnt buy all of this at one time..took me a good 3 years to accumulate everything and go light weight for them. It wasnt easy or cheap, sorry to say...but it was well worth it for me and them. Most of this gear should last them a few good years, if not longer. Keep your eyes peeled on here as sometimes people sell or even give away childrens gear. I actually have boys and girls hiking shoes that I am willing to give away, just pay shipping. These  shoes were used 2 or 3 times and still look brand new. That kind of thing, they do outgrow every year just about, but you dont need to buy them, as children can get away with sneakers..

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That is exactly what I have been doing. A few months ago REI had their MTS base layers on sale for $5.00ish, I wound up buying one in each size. Did the same for the small Neo Air's. They can't stop wearing their Smartwool socks,!  It seems that rain gear and shoes are the big item that I am always trying to figure out. Thanks again.
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Great read! How do you approach getting them gear without breaking the bank? I usually scour the sale websites which can still be expensive when they out grow everything within a year. I am in an area where nothing of note ever turns up on craigslist or the Goodwill stores.

Becoming an REI member has some great advantages, a percentage of all purchases you make on there card goes to in store credits.
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Pretty much what others here have said.  I may have some clothing and a pack that I would pass on for shipping and maybe a bit more for the pack (just need to check with a friend who may want the pack).

This is the first year out boys have worn anything but sneakers (and they are 14 & 15).

I've gotten most of their layers from Campmor; also convertible pants and long-sleeved hiking shirts.  Jackets are hard--they like fleece hoodies, and no one seems to be making any in 200-weight fleece right now.  This summer, Eldest Son is wearing my fleece, as I have converted to down.  When small we were fine with rain gear of the non-breathable coated nylon type, though again, this year Eldest Son got a $99 WPB jacket, in a size that will fit me if he outgrows it too late to pass it to his brother.

Actually, a killer for us was our boys being the same size. Very little we could hand down!

Over the years we have slowly upgraded the boys' gear, sometimes with our hand-me-downs (thermarest pads when we went to the NeoAir), sometimes just as an investment, like their tent.


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 It seems that rain gear and shoes are the big item that I am always trying to figure out.

FWIW, I'm a lightweight person so I'm always looking for the lightest options for my son that aren't expensive. That said, the cheapest rain jacket I found for him was a Coleman youth model at Walmart ($8). He also hikes in closed-toe sandals from Walmart (typ $11-12). We did 24 miles in the Smokies last summer and had time for about 20 miles in Grayson Highlands this June.

I'll also second the kids hiking pants and shirt from Campmor. He needed the XS size and they are still a bit big (he's now 49" and about 46 lbs).
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