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stonebaez wrote:There are 8 year olds who have climbers all the 14ers in Colorado, so get moving!
This is true, but it's the exception not the rule. Many 5-year olds aren't ready for a 14er. CO Native's advice is spot on.
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what "god" is, but it's good enough for me.
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I have twin boys, I took them out for their first 14'er at age 7 (after many local hikes, bikes and 10'ers). They did great, no complaints and beat me to the summit of Elbert in 2010. I did have some complaints on the last mile of the decent though and complete snoozers for the drive home. My advice would be to bring lots of snacks, drink and lunch for the young one, you already know that a hungry kid is a grumpy one. And make it clear before you set out that all he/she has to do is say the word and you both turn back, no matter how close to the top. I turned back on Yale from the saddle in 2011 cause one boy said he was ready to go home. Also make him/her carry their own pack with their essentials, it lightens your load and teaches em early to carry their own weight.
Now after 3 seasons my boys (almost 10 now) have come to me this winter with a list of peaks for next summer season, it includes a peak every other week, one night accent and one double summit, sheesh, i need to shed a few pounds.
Here's a pic of our first summit, Elbert in Sept 2010. Have fun man, hiking with your kids is a blast.
I'm the tall one wearing all cotton BTW.
@MountainMedic - I thought the exact same thing, we need to go rescue a 5yo on a peak with bleeding paws
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Nattyjoemo wrote: (Don't go off on me if you think it's a bad idea. I'm looking for input)
I see you just joined the forum but obviously you've been lurking a while.
I think it's a great idea. My first 14er was Longs, and a six-year-old climbed it that day - at approximately the same pace as my 50ish flatlander group.
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MountainMedic wrote:Based on 14ers.com history, I was pretty sure this thread was going to discuss how someone found a five-year-old on Quandary.
I believe that only happens on Sneffels. Talk about an a**hole.
Although this does seem like a fair opportunity to shameless promote how awesome we are because of our kids.
But, yeah I agree with what Josh said. Don't underestimate their ability, but listen to their needs.
"Respect the mountain. Train hard. Hope you can sneak up when it isn't looking."
"The mind is always worried about consequences, but the heart knows no fear. The heart just does what it wants."
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