raising little ones in the great outdoors

Friday Stoke

Denver mom and climber Kira Riedel passed along this photo.  On July 5th, Kira risked attracting the ire of annoyed drivers waiting in line at the busy gas station to capture this image with her son after his first back packing trip. I love it because it is well-composed and honest. We’ve all felt that way — too tired to clear a space and too content to care. Cheers Kira. If you’ve got photos...

Duh…being active helps kids stay fit

Actually, it’s not as big a no-brainer as it sounds.  Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that kids who are active at a young age struggle less with obesity even if they don’t maintain activity levels later in their childhood.  Here’s some of the text from the release: “We call this effect ‘banking’ because the kids benefit later on, similar to having a savings...

John Muir: The Original Outdoor Parent?

When I think of John Muir, I think of the solo mountaineer rambling through the High Sierra or the old conservationist fighting to save the Hetch Hetchy Valley from the damn that now traps it beneath reservoir water. Muir as a parent? I’d never hear much about his family life until reading Donald Worster’s acclaimed biography, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. In a sense Muir may have been the...

The Everyday Conservationist

It was some ungodly early hour. I could hear the wind howling just outside. I donned a base layer, followed by a second fleece layer, and finally down parka, hat and face protection. I wasn’t really thinking clearly and the mere thought of food made me nauseated. A fresh layer of snow was on the ground making a walk up a short incline more difficult. Just a few short yards to the destination… High camp,...
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