ADVENTURE AWAITS: BACKPACKING THE CHILKOOT TRAIL WITH A TODDLER

YOU SOUND REALLY PREPARED. DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN?

I have an inReach with me and will be checking in with my family, and it’s tagged to my Facebook account so my friends will be able to see how we’re doing. As far as backup plans go, I’ll learn more details today about if I don’t get to specific camps, but honestly, it’s not really a concern for me. We hiked 14.5 miles three weekends ago with a 3-hour break to swim in a lake and eat. It’s daylight here until 10, so we have plenty of daylight for hiking. Physically, yes, carrying a 50-lb pack plus 20-lb kid isn’t easy, but my Deuter Air Comfort 70+10 pack is amazing and it makes carrying heavy weight a lot more manageable because of the weight distribution. Also, I’ve been training with heavy packs all summer long and triathlon training. Did I mention I’m signed up to run a 49k race on Sunday in Anchorage too? YEP, I’m nuts.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE HARD FOR YOU?

Emotionally, if it’s pouring rain for four days like predicted, this could also wear on me. I hate wet tents! I luckily don’t mind wet feet but four days of it might make me change my mind on that statement. Praying for better weather! Bears also scare me, but I’m just going to be loud when I’m scared and brave. I have two cans of bear spray but am unable to have a gun because of hiking through Canada. If I could, I would carry a gun but I can’t so I’m going to be brave and loud!
Thanks so much for sharing your backpacking adventure with us. We can’t wait to find out how your trip went! For those of you who have been backpacking with your little ones, share your adventure below. If you are a hiker and considering a trip like Heather’s and you have questions, let us know and we’ll try to get them answered for you!
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