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Re: [at-l] long distance hiking with young teenagers

Diana L. Cascioli wrote:
>> Also consider at that age, she is still growing. It might not be such 
>>a good idea to take on such a rigorous hike while she is still that 

I have a question about the packing ability of youngsters. My brother-in-law
wants to start his boys hiking, working up to a five-day trip next June. One
boy will be almost 11 by then. He has a very slight build. The other will be
10 1/2, is a little shorter and stockier.

How much can they carry? I've read that, because they're still growing,
pre-teens should not carry a great deal, but nothing I've read says how much
"a great deal"  is. Everybody says no more than 20 pounds, but should it be

Any help on that or advice on anything dealing with youngsters backpacking
would be appreciated.

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