We’ve Got Swag!!!

If you’ve been hanging out on our facebook page or in our Summit Goal Setting Group you know that we have B-I-G plans for the summer.

I’m so excited to finally be able to announce those plans!

I’ve teamed up with Amelia from Tales of a Mountain Mama again for another awesome summer of hiking.

Remember last year’s virtual hiking challenge? Well, it’s back only bigger and better! All of the details about the challenge are over on our #takeahike page.

Here’s a little bit of motivation to get you psyched.

I also want to introduce our AMAZING sponsors. Together they have donated over $4,000 worth of outdoor gear and clothing that we get to give away to you!!! We’ve got tents, backpacks, chocolate (yes, chocolate), water purifiers, hiking clothes, headlamps, and so much more. To win it all you’re gonna need to do is take a hike and share your adventure with us. Can you do us a favor and give them a shout-out on social media as a thank-you for being part of this event?

Here they are:

We’re also excited to announce Hike it Baby as one of our partners for the event.

We have something new this year too. To increase your chances of winning some amazing prizes we thought it might be fun to have t-shirts and water bottles that you can use when you’re hiking this summer. Cool huh? You can buy your swag over on my other website, Just Trails. Everything is on sale until June 1st, we offer FREE shipping in the US and supplies are limited so grab yours today.

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We also have a special deal for hiking groups, because let’s be honest. Hiking is so much fun when you’re with your very best friends. We’re offering any 10 #takeahike items from our store for just $150.00 to show our support to all of the local hiking groups and Hike it Baby branches out there.

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If you’re interested just fill out this form or shoot us an email at takeahike2016@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you with payment and shipping information.

We can’t wait to get hiking and give away some awesome prizes.

Check back on June 6th for the first challenge hike of the summer!

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You See A Cold Baby Bison, I See A Wild Animal.

Normally I save my rants for Friday mornings but this one simply can’t wait.

I’m fired up.

I’m angry.

I’m sad.

Headlines like this have my head spinning.

I wish that these were isolated events. But they aren’t.

I see things on my own local trails that are maddening too.

Garbage, tree-carvings, spray painted rocks, bags of dog poop left to slowly rot on the side of the trails, public signs used as target practice, off-roading vehicles causing damage to fragile ecosystems…the list goes on and on.

But let’s get back to the events that have been in the news lately.

We could say that the filmmakers who didn’t see the importance of staying on the boardwalks were products of a society where people go to great feats to get that perfect shot regardless of the rules.

Or we could say that they are just assholes.

We could say that the tourists who put a baby bison into their van were really motivated by kindness.

Or we could say that they are idiots.

We could say people who vandalize our public lands are doing it out of ignorance.

But the truth is, I think they know better and just don’t give a flying f*ck about anything but themselves.

All of these things have got me thinking.

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What can I do to solve the problem of jerks in the outdoors?

What can I do to protect wildlife?

What can I do to educate others?

I work in the outdoor industry.

I write trail guides for a living.

I teach outdoor classes.

I encourage people to go outside and head down a trail every single day.

Should I stop?

Should I tell people to stay at home?

Should I tell them to stay indoors, avoid the trails and don’t head up to the mountains because they might do the wrong thing? I know a few people who have abandoned their outdoor blogs because they don’t want more people in the outdoors wrecking our beautiful spaces. I get it.

But I don’t think that’s the right answer.

In fact, I think that’s part of the problem.

Excuse me while I stand on my soap box.

We can’t just spread our annoyance about this issues on our own private social media channels.

We have to do something more than that.

If we have a blog we need to write about it and go public when we see something bad happening in our own communities (and then send me the link so I can share the heck out of it).

Or we need to write an editorial for our local newspaper that educates the public.

Or organize a trail maintenance day.

If we see someone doing something stupid in the wilderness we need to ask them to stop (tactfully & depending on the situation of course) and report it.

We need pages like this one to have a million followers.

If we’re involved in the outdoor community as guides, educators, or even if we just lead or participate in hikes with our local hiking groups we need to use each opportunity on the trail to educate about even the simple things…like not picking wildflowers, packing out litter, and using switchbacks. And then explain why.

If we’re parents we need to get our children outdoors and into the wilderness as often as we can. We protect and we preserve what we love. The future of our favorite outdoor spaces is up to our children.  It’s up to us to teach our children to love the wilderness.

We need to take advantage of things like free entrance days and programs to National & State Parks. We need to teach the children in our lives that protecting and loving our wild spaces begins in our own backyards.

There are jerks in the world.

There are people who simply don’t care about our wild lands.

There are people who don’t understand the wildlife is wild.

We can’t solve that.

But…

I want my children’s children to see bison in Yellowstone.

I realize that for this to happen it’s my job to take a stand and to educate, inform and inspire those around me to simply do the right thing.

What are you going to do?

p.s. Here are a few other bloggers taking a stand against jerks in the wilderness. Check them out. Do you want me to add your blog post to the list? Leave a comment below 🙂