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Old 02-18-2021, 06:50 PM   #21
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Anyway, for a backpacking trip I was thinking it'd just be me and one at a time. Two of them are at the age where they can follow me around and listen, and if I have an itinerary and explain it in advance, they can do a pretty good job of adapting to changing activities.
My wife and I both backpacked when our kids were young , once they were old enough to make it back out on their own then one adult was ok . If something were to happen to you , what would a 4 or 5 year old do ?
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Old 02-18-2021, 07:20 PM   #22
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Good point backwoodsman. I hadn’t considered that an issue, but you’re correct. I might be able to get a friend to go because my wife would need to watch the other two.
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Old 02-19-2021, 08:21 AM   #23
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Interesting thread. I also have a 5 year old daughter I would like to start taking on some trips. What have you guys done to mitigate the bug issue? I see my daughter having a hard time during peak season. I would assume planning trips around times when the black flies etc subside?
Eureka makes a bug house that can be set up without using a frame- rather you pitch it over a ridgeline and stake out the corners. It's not the lightest thing ever but I've found it to be worth the weight to carry on easier trips in particularly buggy conditions:

There is a bigger version as well. For some reason they don't sell it in the US so you have to pay import fees.

I did also find this Nemo bug house, which appears to be a similar design, and is available in the US- and currently on sale (as it is a discontinued model):

But yeah, in general terms... Probably skipping the worst of bug season isn't a bad idea when it comes to backpacking/primitive camping with kids.
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Old 02-19-2021, 03:40 PM   #24
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DS, can you buy the Eureka in Montreal? Not far from here!
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