In April 2018, David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne embarked on a week-long stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests, and soccer practice? David makes his living guiding some of the world’s most incredible peaks and Nepal is like a second home. He wanted to deepen Thorne’s understanding of the world beyond their Seattle neighborhood. Engaging with this world helps us grow. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “ You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”
“I’d like to think that one day when I am old and you are grown, we will
argue. Whose idea was this anyway? 70 miles down a remote stretch of river in Western
Nepal on a stand-up paddleboard. All the way on the other side of our world from our
home in Seattle. During a week-long school break”.