There's a considerable difference from Sherpa-ing for kids and going out on your own! You're basically going to have to keep the old pack for the former.

Fortunately, as the kids get older, they can carry more. They are also less apt to fall into creeks or lakes so don't need so much spare clothing. Eventually you can ditch the old heavy pack! Of course by that time you'll have trouble keeping up with the kids even with lighter gear!

Edited by OregonMouse (10/14/11 02:31 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey