"Why take an infant into the backcountry, because it sure isn’t easy. They can’t walk or carry anything, so you end up carrying them and everything else they need. They aren’t potty trained, so they poop and pee in diapers, and because they aren’t disposable, you end up packing it all out. They require a lot of time to feed, play with, and change, so there never seems to be enough time to do things around camp. And on top of it all, they won’t remember it.
For me, it’s simple. 1. Both my wife and I can get out of the house and into the mountains, which is important for both our physical and mental health. 2. Our wild places are so much more important to me than just the view and memories. For me they have an unseen power in them to heal the soul. I like to think that although my daughter might not remember the experience, she can feel that power and it will help her as she grows and develops. 3. We are teaching her now how to camp and hike, which is a big help for us, because this is what we do, A LOT. 4. Hiking and camping are some of the best times to develop relationships, because it forces us to minimize our lives down to what is essential, leaving all other distractions at home. Time camping and hiking has always been a very special time for me to build relationships, so having this time with my daughter has been priceless.” - @moonmountainman #childrenofmountains