raising little ones in the great outdoors
Currently Browsing: How To

Tips for Climbing with Kids

I read a lot.  Maybe too much. That is in part some of the reason why I wonder a lot about my parenting skills. My wife, Cyn, and I believe in having fun with our kids. We take them everywhere, and they have been able to participate in all the sports we do. But our favorite is climbing. Cyn and I have climbed all over the world and love to do it as a couple. We want our kids, Mayah age 11 and Will age 9, to...

Using the Facilities: Facts of Life at the Crag

“Teamwork, confidence and patience,” my nine-year-old daughter said without hesitation when I asked her for tips on learning how to pee outside. I laughed. She was exactly right though. It has been a long trail towards the mastery of using nature’s facilities. Now, in retrospect, the mishaps are mostly funny. The more nature has become our second home even I’ve improved at using the outdoor facilities....

How to Set Up a Slackline

Slacklining looks hard. It’s even harder than it looks. But setting up a low-to-the ground line for your kids and your inner child isn’t. For those of you who struggle to tie your own shoelaces, there are several pre-packaged options that are a breeze to rig and come with directions. The best beginner option might be this package from Slackline Brothers. If “Do It Yourself” is your mantra,...

Return of the Slackline

One ray of sunshine in the low-pressure trough of spring is the return of the slackline. Similar to a tightrope, a slackline is simply a length of nylon webbing, usually 1″ wide, strung tightly between two trees or other solid objects. It differs from a tight rope in that it is not rigid. It bounces and quivers like an extremely narrow trampoline. Originally created by Yosemite climbers, the first time...

Sans Infant: Three Tips for Getting After It

Continuing with this week’s theme, we surveyed our team of mothers and fathers to harvest tips for getting out in the first year. As Danny mentioned in his featured post, it is both a wonderful and angst ridden period. Keep your sanity by instantly figuring out how to maintain your passions. It may mean redefining what the natural world means to you, but maybe not. It’s going to take a little...

Four Tips for Adventuring with Infants

“Put a chain on the house and just drag it behind the car,” says journalist Maggie Jacobus who with her three boys runs the web site Super Natural Adventures. Jacobus is joking, but during the first year of your child’s life, getting out can be a bit overwhelming. The extra gear alone is mind-boggling. Whether you’re trying to rally the crew for a day hike or trying to get some adult...
Powered by Wordpress | Designed by Elegant Themes | Run by Web Neck Media