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    Default Kids who have hiked the AT?

    hey all, i'm a section-hiker (Cairo, aka Nefisa, section-hiking since 2002) who is also a TV producer. I'm working on a show for PBS about kids who do amazing things, and I know there have been some kids who have thru-hiked the trail. (by kids, we are looking for children between ages of 6 to 12)
    the problem is tracking down what year and who they were, or if they are hiking now.
    Does anyone know of any kids on the trail who completed the hike or who are planning to or any of that? any help in getting in touch with them and their families would be appreciated!

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    Try the ATC office in Harpers Ferry for info.
    www.appalachiantrail.org

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    Check out the wanderers on trailjournals.com The youngest of the group is "Gear". Great kid, only 12 years old

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    Hunt these folks down after you read their Trailjournal. Oblivious seems to be just what you're looking for.

    http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3002
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    How about the Garner girls? how old were they when they hiked?
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    the samuri warriors should be arriving anytime now into harpers ferry, mom and dad and four kids........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cairo
    hey all, i'm a section-hiker (Cairo, aka Nefisa, section-hiking since 2002) who is also a TV producer. I'm working on a show for PBS about kids who do amazing things, and I know there have been some kids who have thru-hiked the trail. (by kids, we are looking for children between ages of 6 to 12)
    the problem is tracking down what year and who they were, or if they are hiking now.
    Does anyone know of any kids on the trail who completed the hike or who are planning to or any of that? any help in getting in touch with them and their families would be appreciated!
    Last year, Oblivious, a 10 year old from Belfair, WA did the thru-hike. I spent some time with him at the WhiteBlaze feed and again a few days later at WhiteHouse Landing. He would certainly qualify for your production.

    I posted a photo of Oblivious in the gallery. Here is a picture: http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/...?i=10439&c=671

    Here is a link to his trail journal: http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3002
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    The Witcher family hiked it a few years back with their two kids.

    Here's an article... http://www.aldha.org/witcher.htm

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    cant remember when they did a thru-hike but there was a man named Homer, wife Teresa, they live in Daleville,VA...but certainly within the last 4 years..they thru-hiked with two children ages 7 and 10 AND homeschooled on the way...home does trail maintanence immediately north of the first road you cross NoBo past McAfee Knob (Homer and Teresa were married on McAfee's)...awesome parents and kids...on the thru-hike Homer carried a 4 man tent
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    I agree with Shutterbug, Oblivious hiked last year with his parents (Troll and Anchor) doing "Home School" along the way. We called them "The Troll Family".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer
    Hunt these folks down after you read their Trailjournal. Oblivious seems to be just what you're looking for.

    http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=3002
    Troll family, yep. Funny stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhjanes
    Troll family, yep. Funny stuff.
    Their summiting Katahdin journal is great.
    http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=119363

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    There was a family thru hiking last year, their name escapes me right now. I believe they were from NH.

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    Sure, soon as I click "post" I remembered. I believe they went by the name of Gatlin 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIhikers
    Sure, soon as I click "post" I remembered. I believe they went by the name of Gatlin 5.
    The Garland 5
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    The Garland 5 - Those are the ones I was trying to think of the post about the Garner girls.

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    I have the email address for Garland 5. PM if interested.

    Great group of kids... Zing, Wolfsong and Sweet Potato.

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    The youngest hiker to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail is Michael Cogswell. There was an article in Backpacker Magazine in the 1980s published after the hike that caused quite an uproar because he was 6 years old when his parents took him on a thru hike.

    I was in a backpacking chatroom a few years ago when the then SGT. Michael Cogswell signed in and "talked" to me for a while. He was looking for a copy of the article about his hike and I just happened to still have it so I sent him a copy. It was interesting to talk to him and get his perspective about 20 years after the hike.

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    Hey Old Fhart - that is quite interesting!

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