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Upper Twin TR

Postby riverwalker » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:47 pm

I had the oppurtunity to take the whole family backpacking in mid August. I know a little slow on the TR but better late than never. I am trying to be a lot better about posting TRs since I enjoy all of yours so much.

For some reason, all of our camping/walking trips coincided with the summer's heat spells. This was no exception; at least we were up high. We picked up our permit at 8am in Prather and were on the trail by 10:30. My boys are 4, 4, and 6 years old. I took my oldest on a backpacking trip 2 summers ago and it was the twins turn. I was hoping to take them out individually for their first like their older brother but I couldn't squeeze three trips in this summer, maybe next summer.
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Here we are at the trail head

We got to Upper Twin Lake at 1:30. The twins wore their small packs almost the whole way. I realized they were pretty heavy when we stopped to eat some lunch. I ended up giving them a water bottle last minute at the trail head in addition to their hydration packs plus the days food, a jacket, and their toy the chose to bring. My wife carried their packs for a half a mile and then gave it back to them. They all did great and didn't complain and said it was easy when they got to camp. I am not sure they would have said it was easy 30 minutes earlier:) We stayed for three days and two nights. We explored around the lake and found what my boys deemed Crystal Mountain. They loved all the decomposing marble and finding calcite crystals. The water was perfect in the lake and the boys had a blast making mud pies and cooling off in the water. We made a log raft the second day and I swam the boys to the island on it. We also caught many fish and they each had the chance to real some in. I normally don't keep any but I wanted to give them the opportunity to experience fresh fish so we kept two for dinner the second night. We had thunderstorms threaten the second afternoon but they stayed far enough away to stay somewhat relaxed. The boys loved the thunder and we had a few sprinkles. Below are a few of the highlights from the trip.
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Playing Go Fish
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Brothers at sunrise
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Crystal Mountain
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On our way to the island
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If you only knew how long it took to get this shot. I have about 20 of them wrestling each other and goosing one another.
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Appetizer for night two.
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cheesy family photo
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More crystals before hiking out
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:D It is imperative that you look at the above shot closely!!!!
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My boys!
Thanks for reading!



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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby DriveFly44 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:28 am

Awesome TR. So neat to be able to share the beauty of the sierras with your family. Upper twin is a great place to take beginners, kids. That pic of your son taking care of business in the background is too funny.


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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby riverwalker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:38 pm

BTW if I had known my son was taking a leak right by the creek I would have had him pinch it and dragged him up the hill. I didn't even notice this until a week after the trip. My boys know better so judging by the angle of the arc and distance he must have really had to go!
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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby windknot » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:02 pm

Hahaha that picture is priceless. Great job, Dad and Mom! Sounds like a fun trip was had by all, and this should keep them wanting to come back for more trips in the future.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby tim » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:09 pm

Well done for getting them out there so young. 3 days/2 nights at a base camp is definitely the best way to start.
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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby Mike M. » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:37 pm

Your report made me smile. I admire his arc and aim. Your boys will never forget!!

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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby Cross Country » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:27 pm

You are one smart Dad. Good choices!
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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby Hikingfamily » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Way to go!

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Postby Hikingfamily » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:46 pm

Great job!

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Re: Upper Twin TR

Postby Timberline » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:40 pm

High fives to mom & dad for pulling off such a successful adventure. The cheesy family photo says it all. Loved it! (the voice you're hearing is another dad). Thanks for sharing.
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