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    Exclamation No children under 6 allowed above timberline in Baxter Sate Park.

    Baxter's a great place for little kids. Fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking to waterfalls, s'mores around the campfire, children's programs all summer, a truly wonderful place.

    Except above timberline.

    Baxter's access rules and regulations are well thought out and crafted with safety of all visitors as their top priority.

    "Rule 2.2 - No children under the age of 6 are allowed above timberline."

    Taking small children above treeline in Baxter is simply recklessness bordering on intentional endangerment.

    The rule was written by people intimately familiar with conditions and risks in all weather and all seasons - their knowledge and experience trumps all whims and wishes from under-informed parents.

    The risk is not worth it - no matter how much you want that Instagram pic.
    Teej

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    Something happen that precipitated those posts?

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    Smart move. Allowing parents to make choices regarding their children's safety would be irresponsible.

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    Is the rule new? Just wondering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhjanes View Post
    Is the rule new? Just wondering.
    Been posted at the trailheads for years. Somepeople are too dumb to be allowed to reproduce.

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    this is probably a prequel to the event should the family with little children that is currently hiking the AT make it to BSP.
    Let me go

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.S.Kobzol View Post
    this is probably a prequel to the event should the family with little children that is currently hiking the AT make it to BSP.
    probably the point of this post

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    Agreed,
    The kid wont know any different, and he can come back when he is 6, still not knowing the difference and hiking up Big K, boy what a AT reunion vid that will make...
    In real time, their videos are several weeks behind where they are on the trail. So they could in fact be done with the trail by now but I would say it would be pushing it a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhjanes View Post
    Is the rule new? Just wondering.
    From the 70s.
    Teej

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    I am curious what is so terribly dangerous that a parent canít carry a child under 6 above the timberline there. Iíve been to Mt. Evans, which is about 3 times the elevation, and recall seeing kids up there. If you donít want them hiking, fine. But why canít an adult carry one if they want to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.S.Kobzol View Post
    this is probably a prequel to the event should the family with little children that is currently hiking the AT make it to BSP.
    Not in particular. There's recently been 3 babes in backpack carriers that I know of in the 100, and this applies to car campers too. It's been an increasing trend.
    That family isn't in the Whites yet, as far as I know.
    Teej

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    I put the family on 'media ignore' a few months ago. :-)
    Let me go

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.S.Kobzol View Post
    I put the family on 'media ignore' a few months ago. :-)
    why are you here - if you want to be closed minded

    I had my doubts, but they are close to pulling it off - there are a hell of a lot worse things those kids could be exposed to

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    Why am I where? On whiteblaze.net? Does the world of thruhiking revolve around this hiking family? Are we going to delete the forum when they finish their thru hike? :-)

    I'm here because I like hiking, camping and long distance trails but there are some attention grabbing personalities I dislike. I hope that's ok with You? By now you probably dislike me...why are you here? :-)



    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    why are you here - if you want to be closed minded

    I had my doubts, but they are close to pulling it off - there are a hell of a lot worse things those kids could be exposed to
    Let me go

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    certainly there are reasons for the under 6 rule - but the same reasons would apply to people who are in the administrations opinion:

    too old

    too fat

    too stupid

    etc...

    if they have done the rest of the trail with the kid, more tests have been passed than most people who go above tree line

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.S.Kobzol View Post
    why are you here? :-)
    to help you open your mind


    reality - wasting time until saturday, when I start another trip

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    I've already given them time to watch their videos at the beginning of their hike and then I was done with them. Now I don't care. Cheers for wasting time until next trip. Mine starts tomorrow. :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    to help you open your mind


    reality - wasting time until saturday, when I start another trip
    Let me go

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    to help you open your mind


    reality - wasting time until saturday, when I start another trip

    I like you George! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJ aka Teej View Post
    Not in particular. There's recently been 3 babes in backpack carriers that I know of in the 100, and this applies to car campers too. It's been an increasing trend.
    That family isn't in the Whites yet, as far as I know.
    why spam every AT forum you can find with Baxter info that is readily accessible by anybody - its not like the park rules are hidden away and only you are the keeper of the info


    https://baxterstatepark.org/rules-and-permits/

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