The comparison with attitude is debatable. It's one thing to plan something thinking you will have the mental position to move forward with it vs bragging about doing something but when it comes time to actually do so it's like "I didn't actually think I would be here, I was just bull shitting".
Another thing to note about hiking ability and pace. You had a chance to acclimatize and build strength. I take it that your father was coming straight up from low altitude and hitting the trail and this puts him in a bad imposition.
Well he started at 5000 feet and would not be hiking up to 10,000 for 2 or 3 days. Although this is a factor the area was prime for it. The fact is with his hiking pace besides alcohol and substance abuse is he did not do a single thing to prepare for the hike. He literally had not taken a single hike since he joined me the September before.
The trouble with this subject of my dad is most of you either being fathers or just sons have some romantic attitude towards family and the mer notion of a nice backpacking trip father and son. Well the fact is I am not close with my dad or any other member of my family. And if you really want to know the truth I only still know any of my family at all because I am a victim of circumstance. The first chance I ever get in life to cut off all contact and never speak to any of them again I am doing so. Do I "hate" my dad? Absolutely! So sure this may make me be harder on him then I might be with a random stranger I am hiking with but it's the simple facts. As I said once before I am being extremely nice in planning a section he can come out with me on because getting away from him for 3 months is a major plus of the backcountry so he could at least try not to cause too much crap while out.
I think it's great if any of you have real families you are close to but not everyone has that.
I also don't mean to rant or make any drama but when I write I trail report that is more then pure statistics and gives insight into my life then what am I supposed to say?