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From My Canyonlands by Kent Frost. Mt Peale is over 12K and at that time peak access was off trail. The little boys made it drinking from snow melt. A cowboy friend gave them a 44-40 carbine to protect them from bears. 1924.Come on Alf, I said to my older brother, Lets go climb Mt Peale, the one the cowboys talk about. We asked our folks. It's a long way in a day, said mother. We can camp overnight in that empty cowboy cabin at the mountain said Alfred, who was 11. Yes, said Dad, I'll give you a team of horses to hitch to the old two wheeled cart. Take me too pleaded Melvin, our younger brother who was 6. All right I agreed. I was 8.
Don't let the horses get away or they'll come back home our parents cautioned
It could be OK if done right. I did my first backpack at 13 with a friend of the same age. Our parents knew where we were going and when we were coming back. It was somewhere we had been before and friends of theirs lived nearby. It was an experience whose memory I'll cherish forever.rally_toad wrote:So am I the only one on this forum who has met multiple 13 year olds?? Lots of recent posts on HAZ have me thinking "Natural Selection". Sorry guys but 13 is not coming of age, I can say this looking back at 13 year old rally_toad. There is a world of difference between 13 and say 16. Wait a few years or risk some child endangerment charges.
And a lot of knee-jerk reactions... I say that because the original poster hasn't yet responded with answers to the questions about previous, experience, maturity, etc. Without us being privy to that information we are all shooting in the dark.azbackpackr wrote:A lot of good points here.
Why would they want to step into the hornets nest that seems to have sprung up over, heaven-forbid, allowing 13 year-olds to experience camping out overnight?azbackpackr wrote:I hope the original poster will come back and read them all.
Ha! Forgetting to check back??? I refer back to the hornets nest above. As much as some folks here provided genuine information to assist the objective of the original poster, I daresay there has been as much, if not more negativity in the responses. Why this overkill?azbackpackr wrote: Sometimes, you know, we get these new members, and they forget to check back.
This post reminded me of the book "Footprints on the Arizona Strip" and the stories about kids growing up fast. They'd all be in jail for child abuse in today's world, but like you say, they had to grow up fast for the whole family to survive.RedRoxx44 wrote:Ranch kids grew up fast on the responsibility meter. And yes, they went on their own without parents or adult companion.