We are The Family. In 2023, we will attempt to complete the Pacific Crest Trail. We might be wrong, and please correct us if we are, but we think this might make us the first family of seven to finish the trail. And since we did the Appalachian Trail in 2020 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2022, The Beast will become the first seven-year-old Triple Crowner (in fairness we didn't 'redline' the CDT, but we did connect a continuous and unbroken footpath from Crazy Cook to Waterton in one year). And we think we will also be the first to carry a baby on TWO long trails! And just to double-down on the weirdness of The Family, we have lived in Chad, Africa for the past 12+ years. So go ahead and subscribe to this blog if you want to know the right/wrong ways to backpack with too many kids! ;)
Why would a massive family with five young kids want to backpack for six months at a time? A little background...
Dead Weight became the unofficial Continental Divide Trail mascot last year. Starting the CDT thru-hike with an eight-month-old was… an
The Beast is a thru-hiking legend in the making, set to complete her Triple Crown at age seven if she can overcome the record-setting PCT snow this year.
Angels Wings hiked her second long trail last year at age 8/9. She’s out to complete her Triple Crown on the PCT this year.
Boomerang is 11 years old and heading out on the PCT this year, which would complete his Triple Crown.
Blaze It’s hard for this dad to talk about Blaze without his heart bursting of pride. I suppose that could be said about all my children. All kids
Who are we? ;) Welcome to our family introductions! We will be taking each family member one at a time, because they are each unique enough to
Hiya! Welcome to our madness! We’re the Netteburg Family, and we’re a little… different. Odd. Strange. Weird. But we love backpacking! Maybe we’re