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  • Nine-year-old completes 'triple crown' of thru-hiking

    Amazing feat for his little feet but does the parents lugging all the gear and the kid carrying only a 5-pound pack diminish the achievement?

    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/1...one.print.html


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    Article says he had "vanquished" the AT. Fox News ought to look up the definition of "vanquish". There's no battle between the trail and the thousands of people who've hiked it. The trail doesn't even know you're there.

    I believe it is considered to be a "supported" effort and that doesn't diminish anything. Kudos to him.
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    • Makwa
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      Well you've got me there. Supported.

  • #3
    Will he have to be back in school again now that this is done? Hopefully not for his sake.
    Journalists like using terms like conquer and vanquish to describe climbs and hikes.

    Keene Valley man conquers the Adirondack 46 Highest Peaks in 3 days 21 hours!

    When referencing my own endeavors I prefer to use words like crush, hammer and kill!
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    • Makwa
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      My gut tells me home-schooled. Not sure these long-distance hikes fit easily into a public school summer break.

    • bud
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      More like "trail schooled".

    • FlyFishingandBeer
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      Thanks for bringing this up. Aggressive action verbs like vanquish, conquer, "crushed it!" etc. when used to describe ascending peaks really annoys the p!ss out of me. I'm not sure why this has become such a pet peeve of mine, but its almost gotten to the point where it discredits the entire narrative once the author uses that language.

  • #4
    Must be home schooled.
    Maybe he'll get his own series on the Discovery Channel.
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    • FlyFishingandBeer
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      Probably. Insert some dramatic John Williams style music, shaky camera work, and use Mike Rowe's narration to turn every mundane task into a race against time and uncertain death and I can see it now.

  • #5
    I hiked the AT with a man and his 2 boys, aged 14 and 10. Home schooled. He told me "this year their schooling is hiking to Maine, meeting people and seeing new things. Come fall we'll work the harvest in the Amish country and hitchhike back home to Asheville."

    The littlest (Pigpen) had an enormous pack, carried all his own gear, and could burn the strongest of us going uphill. 5 minutes after arriving at camp for the night, he'd come back over sporting a tennis ball - "hey want to play catch?"
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    • #6
      He learned so much more out into the wild, than a classroom.

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