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Moses 09-09-2005 12:52 AM

Half-Pints First Overnighter -She's Awsome!!!
The summer is almost over and I had promised a certain little girl she would get to do an "over-nighter" with her dad, and some place real, not in the backyard again. I was originally going to take her to Strike for obvious (elevation) reasons, but I know how tough this kid is, and wanted to make it special. A place we could both experience for the first time. Joffre.
We left Sunday morning and arrived at the TH about noon. Here is Half-Pint at the start of the trip. (Note:She is a "Little House" junkie and has chosen "Half-Pint" for her CT name.)

If you ever get to meet this kid on the trail, you will love her. She has such a joyful spirit that even when she is cold and wet, she smiles.

Well...almost always.
"Look how cold my hands are, dad"

I gained a great deal of wisdom on this trip in regards to hiking with a pint sized pal, specifically with respect to outfitting them and increasing their comfort level, thereby increasing the likelihood of a successful trip. (I met ChuckU and received valuable snippet of info. Thanks!)
I let Half-Pint set the pace, but still coaxed her on as a dad will do. We arrived at Upper Joffre just as the rain stopped. (Cue Vienna Boys Choir..."Hallelujah...")
We quickly set up the tent, and I made hot chocolate while Half-Pint changed into dry clothes and warmed up in her sleeping bag.

This pic is for Granticulas.;)

While eating our dinner we heard and saw a chunk o'glacier crash and thunder down the mountain. Very cool. After dinner we were invited to join our neighbours and their dog "Reeka". Half-Pint seems to always make friends where ever she goes.
We crawled into our tent around 8:30 for an old-fashioned, butt kicking game of "Go Fish". (I got my butt kicked.) After that, I was hoping we could talk for a while, but she was fast asleep.(Here's where you go "aahh")
(Side note: I decided to try a beeswax candle in my lantern this trip 'cause they apparently burn slower. Lit it around 8:30 pm, was still burning at 9:30 am. The extra warmth seems to have kept the condensation down considering the cooler night-time temps. Fresh snow on the mountain.)
Awoke to beautiful Sunshine! [8D](Sing with me..."It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright...sun-shiny daaay!)

Time to begin the hike out. After all, you've got school tomorrow. (Cue Vincent Price doing evil, evil, laugh.)
Note the "Zip-Lock" gaiters. ;)

On the way out we met people from India, UK, Aussieland, Netherlands (whoo-hoo), Japan, Germany, and even Canada. Popular place on a sunny day.

Half-Pint checking out a "Grizzly Den"[:0]

This picture is open to interpretation.;)

Do Whiskey Jacks qualify as "Wildlife" of merely "Friends of the Little"?

Couple more Half-Pint shots.

One of the best views from an out-house.

Despite the lack of proper gear and wet weather the first day, she did GREAT! I was so proud of not only her tenacity, but her attitude. She was not going to accept any part of this trip as negative. I don't think I could have had a better hiking buddy. She is soooo looking forward to the next trip. (The seed has been planted.);)

Oh, and Mick...this one's just for you!;)

Animals are my friends...and my friends taste good barbequed!

Spirit 09-09-2005 06:30 AM

Great pics!! Love her backpack. :D

Spunky 09-09-2005 06:56 AM

Way to go Half-Pint! Hope this first trip brings many many years of happy trails together :)

Del Sol 09-09-2005 07:46 AM

[8D]:):DYou're right Moses. She's awesome! :D:)[8D]

Shadee 09-09-2005 08:14 AM

Moses... she's so sweet! What a perfect hiking companion

Lemme know when you want to take her again, I can bring lil pw'r hiker if she'd like some "half pint" company :D

Love the photos, so who gets the credit for the good looking genes? ;)

hakuna matata

Lupin 09-09-2005 08:19 AM

congrats to half-pint, great attitude, great pics.
They removed the "flush" system as it proved to be hazardous.

The tougher the climb, the better the food tastes. -Lupin-

trailflower 09-09-2005 09:09 AM


19351 09-09-2005 09:14 AM

Way to Rock Half-Pint !!
That is a long trail with steep sections for little legs.
I know a number of adults that would not be able to make it.( No kidding )

Hiking with kids is a blast eh Mo. Now get out there and get the girl some decent gators !
Loved the " dont feed the animals" shot

"No Trail is Long with Good Company"
Russ S.

exscape 09-09-2005 09:33 AM

Excellent job you two! Half-pint looks to be so cute and sweet...must be from her mother ;)

Radmila 09-09-2005 09:39 AM

Really, really cute! Congratulations on your first overnighter, Half-Pint!

calixtomoon 09-09-2005 09:43 AM

Very cool! Great job Half-Pint!

Chaos, Panic & Disorder----my work here is done.

quirkygal 09-09-2005 10:06 AM

most excellent! :D

Spidergirl 09-09-2005 11:51 AM

AWESOME tr and even better pics! How old is she? I could use a little peer pressure (if it's a girl I think it would work even better) when hiking with my 9 year old. He's a super climber but hates the approach. I think they'd make a cute couple!

The Mountains are calling and I must go. ~John Muir

social climber 09-09-2005 03:42 PM

Way to go Moses and Half-Pint! Good on you for getting out there for the first experience, and super photos of the trip. This leaves me feeling a little sheepish, given I also promised my 9 year old, Jessica, we'd do an overnighter somewhere other than the backyard (she has her sights set on Wedge Lake), and somehow it just didn't transpire this summer. Sounds like we need to get the kids together for a trip...

Jase 09-09-2005 06:05 PM

Good stuff guys, glad the weather finally brightened up. We were there Friday and Saturday, in the rain. We met Reeka too. She loves jerky !!

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