Episode 50 One Family, 6 Kids, and 2000 Miles
The Crawfords are a family of 8 with kids ranging from 2 years old to 17. In 2018 they hiked the entire Appalachian Trail together as a family unit and while they might agree it sounds like a crazy task, when you get to know them a little, you’ll find that this is simply just the result of the family culture they’ve built from day one.
Ben Crawford joins me for Episode 50 not to talk about the AT, backpacks, gear, or the logistics of hiking over 2000 miles with a family of 8, but rather to talk about how those of us with kids can redefine what it means to build a family unit. We discuss how he and his Wife began breaking the mold of what a family can and can’t do and how those of us with families can begin taking steps to get outside more and more often with our little ones, regardless of age.
For me, this episode is yet another example of why this podcast exists. You’re going to love this chat with Ben as we walks be through how not to be a prisoner of fear.
Emory R. Wanger
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How the family decided to backpack the AT
Building an outgoing family culture
Dealing with safety in the outdoors with kids
Changing the mindset of child rearing
Addressing fear based mindsets
Experiences enhanced with those closest to you
The early days backpacking with a family
Where to start with family outings
Kids can walk
Managing the cry
Believing in your kids
Managing expectations and deciding outcomes
Life after the trail
How to find and follow the Crawfords