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Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby andrewhamilton » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:19 pm

timberlinecolorado56 wrote:That's amazing! Congrats! I want to see a picture of him crossing the knife edge :)


Here is a picture from the knife edge. We were rained off of Snowmass and Capital a couple of weeks ago, but luckily were able to finish it last week. He liked the knife edge part and kept goofing around...

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timberlinecolorado56 wrote: And out of curiosity, how do you motivate that young of a kid to climb all these, as I look forward to taking kids of my own on the 14ers some day.


The big secret for me was a pure stroke of genius (therefore clearly not my idea). I always hide a jewel -- ie polished rock, glass jewel, crystal -- on top of any mountain that we climb. When we get to the top of any 14er the first thing we do is go hunting around for the jewel, my job is to discreetly make sure they find the jewel. I swear the kids will do anything to get that jewel. (in the first picture of Axel on Sneffels you can see that he is holding up a little jewel that I hid for him). They both have large collections of these jewels from all the mountains they have climbed. One warning however, eventually I had to break it to Calvin that I was responsible for the jewels and not the "mountain fairies". This quickly had a domino like effect as he became suspicious and discovered the truth in this order of the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus.

I also have to carry their stuffed animals up the mountains. So yes, I have a huge pack full of stuffed animals and rocks.

And lastly it takes a huge amount of patience on your part as you deal with their emotional roller coasters and get used to hiking incredibly slow...

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby wineguy » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:22 pm

Incredible! Way to go, I'm in awe.
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby HikerGuy » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:23 pm

Amazing kids and a great father. Congrats!

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby thevagabond » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Fantastic! Congrats Axel!!!! and way to go Andrew for getting your kids involved like this, truly amazing. They will grow to become true mountaineers in every sense of the word.

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby 14erFred » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Congratulations, Axel! You're the man! Way to go! =D> =D> =D>

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby MatB » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:49 pm

That a boy Axel! That pic of him on the knife edge is awesome. And whats up with the oversized jacket, they don't make technical shells for 6 yr olds??!!
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby Mountainspirit » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:56 pm

Fantastic Axel and way to go Calvin!!

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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:07 pm

He's gonna have the best "what I did on my summer vacation" slide show ever. Congratulations!
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby goingup » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:23 pm

What a rad kid!!!!!

That's so awesome. Congrats Axel!
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:25 pm

Andrew, this thread really made me happy. :-D

Congrats to the entire family!
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby jduncan » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:54 pm

Awesome! Congrats Axel!
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Re: Congrats to Axel, 6 year old 14er finisher

Postby jblyth » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:24 pm

So incredibly cool! You are an awesome father to provide this experience for your children, kudos to you. Congrats, Axel!

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