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PHOTO: A different kind of backpack for a student in Canterbury

Jacob Baker-Dow, 8, smiles at his mom, Kim Gallica, right, and stepfather Tony, near their home in Canterbury while practicing hiking around with his 30-pound camping backpack on Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014. The pack was filled with food, clothes and other supplies, like a fishing rod, that would be enough for a few days. The family has taken an interest in backpacking this year. "We want to be able to go wherever we want to go and set up camp," said Kim, who's emphasis on self-sustainability is part of her homeschooling curriculum for her son. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Jacob Baker-Dow, 8, smiles at his mom, Kim Gallica, right, and stepfather Tony, near their home in Canterbury while practicing hiking around with his 30-pound camping backpack on Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014. The pack was filled with food, clothes and other supplies, like a fishing rod, that would be enough for a few days. The family has taken an interest in backpacking this year. "We want to be able to go wherever we want to go and set up camp," said Kim, who's emphasis on self-sustainability is part of her homeschooling curriculum for her son. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Jacob Baker-Dow, 8, smiles after cracking a joke at his mom, Kim Gallica, right, and stepfather Tony, near their home in Canterbury while practicing hiking around with his 30-pound camping backpack on Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014. The pack was filled with food, clothes and other supplies, like a fishing rod, that would be enough for a few days. The family has taken an interest in backpacking together this year. They have a four-season tent and an affinity for time in the woods. “We want to be able to go wherever we want to go and set up camp,” said Kim, whose emphasis on sustainable lifestyle is part of her home school curriculum for her son.

Legacy Comments3

We are working on lightning our packs.. they are all a little heavy. Thank you Kim Galica

Thirty two pounds for a child is pretty heavy. Many long distance hikers only carry about that much. I'd work at getting the weight down.

Thank you.. we are working on the weight, Wye are hiking in local woods right now. I thunk all our packs are a little heavy... Kim Galica

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