You might be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of backpacking with a baby. We are members of online groups that encourage and support backpacking with children and some common themes are stress about the first time going out and stress about gear (which often leads to over packing!). After thru hiking the GDT with our … Continue reading Tips and tricks for extended backpacking trips with a baby
We hiked the GDT in 2021 with our son Toothless. Before we left on the thru hike we wrote a post breaking down the gear we decided to bring. This post will list out our main systems and gear and document how they worked out for us on the GDT in 2021 with our 8 … Continue reading GDT 2021 Final Gear List
One of the most common questions we got on trail (other than "does he enjoy it?") is why? So why thru hike with a baby? We never really considered the alternative We assumed right away (before Toothless was even born) that we would thru hike with our child. We do that together so why not … Continue reading Why did we thru hike the GDT with a baby?
Okay, stay with me here. Natasha and I used to each carry 12 lb base weight. By having a baby we added about 5 lbs of gear to our packs. So 24 lbs + 5 lbs = 29 lbs. Let's call that an even 30 lbs. 30 lbs / 3 people (Natasha, Toothless and I) … Continue reading How having a baby reduced our base weight..
We're happy to announce some small changes to our website! New Domain We have a new domain: backpacksandbikeracks.com Our old domain (backpacksandbikeracks.wordpress.com) should still work, but the new one is a little snappier and easier to remember. Contact Form Now you can actually get a hold of us! After the past year and our latest … Continue reading Website Changes
Our 2021 GDT hike with Toothless wouldn't have happened without the help of a lot of trail angels and friends: A Safe Haven for housing us, feeding us, taking us to the trailhead and storing our vehicle while we hike.Ryan for agreeing to pick up our bear cannistersJeanette and Lowell for being great friends on … Continue reading GDT 2021 Thank Yous and Appreciation
It's been about a week and a half since we got off trail and we are in that weird time between the thru and going back to our regular lives. So how are things after the thru? Physical Health COVID19 This will probably be the last time I bring it up because it wasn't a … Continue reading GDT 2021 thru hike with a baby – the aftermath
After all of the precipitation in Section E we chose to change our gear for Section F to deal with the rain and possibility of snow as well as the cooler temperatures. Toothless' new boots were not quite fully waterproof which meant his socks and feet got wet during the car wash, but they did … Continue reading Section F Reflection
We keep talking about tagging Section D in our blog posts. This means we meant to go back at the end and hike what we missed of Section D due to my injury. In the end, we did not do this. We started and hiked a day on the highway between Mistaya River Trailhead and … Continue reading GDT – Post GDT; why we didn’t tag Section D
Mileage: 16.5 km (TBC with actual track) This morning was a bit rough. I barely slept last night. My allergies went into hyperdrive yesterday when walking through all the fireweed that has started (going to seed? Polinating?) and I was pretty cold and sore all night. So I woke with a headache from a lack … Continue reading GDT Day 57 – a finish of sorts