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Chris3D
12-05-2009, 08:15 PM
Today, my wife and I took our son on his first real hike. We had taken him on some short and easy 2 milers, and plenty of 4 to 5 mile walks through town, but this was his first real outing. About 6 miles with 2000 feet elevation gain, still pretty light really, but you have to start somewhere. Plus, it was my wife and my first real hike since her pregnancy, so it was good all around to start small.


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Here we are with the hike leader, who organized the trip my wife and I met on last year. He joked that the baby was the youngest member he's ever had on a hike!


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It was a cool (40 degrees) and overcast, but we had him bundled up really well since he wasn't generating any additional body heat himself. Towards the end of the hike, the weather started to turn and we ran into some light snow. At that point, my wife and I separated from the group and took a shorter route back to the car. When we got back and took the baby out of all his layers, beside some rosy cheeks, he was completely warm and dry, so his clothing was perfect.


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So, his first hike was a complete success. It took 4.5 hours, and he was content the entire time, never cried or made any sounds of discomfort once. When he was awake, he was constantly looking around and smiling, and when he was asleep, he snored as he typically does. When my wife got pregnant (totally unplanned!) we promised ourselves we weren't going to give up the activities we enjoyed, and it feels great to be following through on that.

Brad
12-05-2009, 08:41 PM
Wonderful to get out there together.

Charlie
12-05-2009, 10:19 PM
nice start them off when there young ,before you know it he will want to sign up for STP this year

Bill O
12-06-2009, 10:26 AM
Awesome.

Where was that and how old is the baby? I have a four month old and I'm trying to judge when he can go in the backpack? I heard six months (sitting up by themselves).

CHRIS
12-06-2009, 11:13 AM
Thats awesome. Beautiful pictures.Looks like he was enjoying it and I love his rosy cheeks.

Snow Miser
12-06-2009, 04:51 PM
I think that's great that you took him on his first hike. He really looks like he enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.:)

Chris3D
12-06-2009, 07:10 PM
Thanks everyone, he definitely enjoys it. Any time we take him out, whether in the front carrier or the backpack, he's always smiling or just falls asleep. And when he does fall asleep, he wakes up smiling! The rosy cheeks were pretty cute, we kept checking his neck while we were out, and it was always nice and warm.

Bill, the hike was to Mt. Taurus (also known as Bull Hill, but everyone calls it Taurus) just north of Cold Spring, NY: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bull+hill&sll=41.433139,-73.95803&sspn=0.024002,0.03828&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bull+Hill,+Cold+Spring,+Putnam,+New+York+105 16&ll=41.438415,-73.955712&spn=0.024,0.03828&t=p&z=15 It's a decent hike with a nice initial climb and some nice views of the town below. 1400 feet elevation, but our path had several up and downs, and the hike leader said it totaled about a 2000 feet gain. Hey, that's about 1/2 of Mt. Washington from Pinkham Notch, right? ;)

Our son is 4 months old too, and the only thing we've heard that's important is that he can support his head, which he's been doing for some time now. He sits with some support, but not completely on his own. We started him in the backpack with short walks through town and worked our way up to 5 miles or so. If you already have the backpack, you could do the same thing.

We have a number of hikes planned for next year working up to Mt. Washington probably around August. He'll be a year old then and by that time should be very accustomed to hiking with us. Now the key is that I need to loose a pound for every one he gains so our combined weight stays constant!! :D

Bill O
12-06-2009, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the info. I might start trying him out in the backpack, he is also very good with head. Just curious, when was he born?

I had a feeling that was the Hudson. I've always wanted to hike the Hudson Highlands. Might have to take a trip up there soon.

Let us know how his hiking progresses.

TrishandAlex
12-06-2009, 10:25 PM
Congrats, Chris!

Your baby is adorable!!! :D

Chris3D
12-07-2009, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the info. I might start trying him out in the backpack, he is also very good with head. Just curious, when was he born?

July 17th, so I guess he's closer to 5 months.


I had a feeling that was the Hudson. I've always wanted to hike the Hudson Highlands. Might have to take a trip up there soon.

If you like rock scrambling, about a mile or two north of the trailhead for Taurus is Breakneck Ridge (http://teleport-city.com/jst/?p=1049), which has some incredible panoramic views of the Hudson River as you climb.

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Let us know how his hiking progresses.

Will do!

Bill O
12-07-2009, 09:31 PM
July 17th, so I guess he's closer to 5 months.


Makes more sense. Mine is about three weeks younger. He has great head support, but that three weeks probably makes a big difference.