We recently got this note from a reader of our blog:
My middle son (12) has become interested in backpacking after reading a book about the AT.
We've done a lot of day hikes and a few multi-nighters with their grand father on a horse pack (he likes to fish but can't walk up the mountain any more)
I found your site last night researching multi day hikes in California and have very much enjoyed the calm practical advice.
Thanks very much for taking the time to post your advice and experiences.
How nice is that? We were enchanted. And so we asked for photos. And Tom delivered:
We can hardly wait to meet this crew out on the trail!
Here's picture of P at about the same age...