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…

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…