Hiking Delicate Arch [Family Edition]

The air was crisp and cool, requiring down vests and fleece jackets. But the sun was strong, promising warmth as we hiked into the day. For once, instead of refereeing an argument all the kids were geared up for our hike. We had one of those rare moments of bliss as parents where no one wants…

Gear Review: Boreas Larkin Day Pack

Larkin Pack by Boreas Tested in: Alpine day hikes, city bike commuting, slot canyons. Cost: $79.99 Best Use: 18-liter Day pack for hiking, bike commuting, or travel. Selling Points: The sleek styling and compact design of the pack will appeal to both the adventurer and city slicker looking for an easy access, multi-use pack. It has…

Hiking Lake Blanche, UT [Family Edition]

This summer began with what was, in my mind, an outrageous endeavor: to hike Grandeur Peak in the Wasatch Range of Utah with our three kids ages 4,6 and 7. After a successful summit and a summer full of hiking and backpacking, it seems that Grandeur was only the beginning. I read once that kids…

Gear Review: Grand Traverse by Vasque

A good approach shoe will quickly become your most used shoe in your arsenal. Great for easy climbing and scrambling, they [usually] are also great for urban adventures, hiking, backpacking and for wear in the winter or shoulder seasons. After previously wearing out my Camp Four approach shoes by Five Ten, I’ve been on the…

Gear Review: Sunday Afternoon’s Sunwear

We are outdoors A LOT. And fair-skinned. At the end of the day, I really would like to limit the amount of chemical sunscreen we use as a family. And one very realistic way to do this is to keep our skin covered with quality sun wear. We’ve been testing out the Sunday Afternoons sun…

Hiking Utah’s Grandeur Peak… with kids.

Hiking in the Wasatch Range is… unique. It didn’t take me long after moving from Colorado to realize there aren’t many ‘easy kid hikes’ here. In fact, many of the lesser peaks have more technical trails and more elevation gain than some of Colorado’s 14er’s. It was Kai’s (our Golden Doodle) birthday and so the…

Gear Review: Kelty Pathfinder 3.0

There are so many great kid carriers on the market. But when it comes to cargo space, the Kelty Pathfinder 3.0 is one of our favorites. Tested in: Nearly everything; hiking with child 25-35 lbs, summer and winter conditions. Cost: $300 Best Use: A kid carrier for long distances and/or hikes where you need lots…

Gear Review: Sunday Afternoon Sun Hats

Every good summer adventure starts with a few good precautions.  For our family of fair-skinned explorers, sun protection is a must and so I am always on the lookout for good sun hats. Yes. There are good and bad sun hats. Sun hats with vents for hot days. Sun hats without… meaning my kids will overheat…