365 Mile Challenge in 2017!

Huge announcement friends! We are teaming up with our friends from Go Adventure Mom, Tales of a Mountain Mama, and Hike Like a Woman to create a year-long challenge: 365 miles. 1 Year. If there is one thing I have learned from endurance sports [and parenting], is that small deliberate steps can get you to…

Gear Review: Kid’s Clear Creek Boonie Sun Hat

When it comes to sun protection, our preference over sunscreen is simply to keep the kids covered (ie. hats) during the hottest parts of the day. But we learned early on that not all hats are created equal. Some are sized better, stay on well, provide greater shade, and are cooler. Sunday Afternoons is our…

Gear Review: Julbo Rookie Sunglasses

I was thinking back a few years… to a time when my largest battle was trying to keep sunglasses on my infants and toddlers. We tried everything, the bungy strap, the velcro strap. In the end we had the best luck with the Julbo Looping 3. Next we moved onto the cheap $5-$10 sunglasses found…

Gear Review: M.A.P. Footwear

A good pair of water shoes is one of our “family essential items” in the summertime. Whether wearing them just to the pool or waterpark or using them on the trails and lakeside, we are always looking for water shoes that have good traction, durability, and comfort for our kids. M.A.P. Footwear, a children’s shoe brand…

Gear Review: Deuter Pace 28L SL (Women’s)

We have loved Deuter packs for many years now, using their ACT and Lite series for backpacking, the Comfort Air kid carrier and many of their kid’s backpacks for a variety of adventure. So when I was looking for a day pack that would work for Backcountry ski touring as well as day hikes in the…

Hiking Waterfall Canyon, Ogden, UT

This time of year is always a bit of an anomaly for me. Stuck somewhere between winter and summer we find so much beauty. Waterfalls, flowers, green mountainsides crowned still with snow. I find myself yearning to launch into our normal summer menu of backpacking and summitting mountains. And yet, it is still too rainy,…

Gear Review: Switch Sunglasses and Liberty Sports Eyewear

As a jack-of-all-trades family, our collection of eyewear is impressive. Between the five of us, sunglasses, goggles, running sunglasses, work glasses, etc litter our house like my son’s lego collection. But our eye wear has become increasing important to us. And although I’d long given up on glasses or goggles with interchanging lenses (it simply…