It has been one week today since Grant, my son and I walked off the Continental Divide Trail. We have managed to successfully leap back into school and work. Both of us would agree that our adventure together was unique, fun, and very challenging.
Many of you have emailed or commented asking for tips for hiking with a parent or an adult child. As Silly Chili and I reflect back over the last 2 months, we are laughing and attribute our positive hiking partnership to the following very simple tips that worked for us:
- Both be equally and independently committed to the trip, and both be willing to make it work. We cannot express this strongly enough!!!!
Both be physically in shape.
Have more of a friendship, rather than a parent/child relationship.
Pack independent gear: water filter, maps, GPS, tent, food storage, and camera.
Both need to be responsible individually for selecting, preparing, and packing their own food.
Have patience and understanding, be forgiving, and just have fun.
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