7 Things Keeping Us Inside (and what we can do about them)

The past two weeks have been crazy around here! Moms Who Hike is up and running and taking off. A few big opportunities landed on my lap in September. I was asked to teach online outdoor education classes and am knee deep in preparing curriculum and shooting video. I’ve also been asked to represent an awesome […]

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What I’ve Learned from Anish

What I’ve Learned from Anish #hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet By now I’m sure you have all heard of Heather ‘Anish”Anderson and her recent unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail. She hiked 2,189-miles in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. There was no team hooking her up with Big Macs and protein bars, shuffling her pack […]

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7 Ways to Make Outdoor Friends

Monday’s blog post started a great discussion on our facebook page. Melissa wrote, “I wish I were local to you! Or could find outdoor people here. I took my kids rock scrambling yesterday and the only comment I got on the photos was ‘well your kids sure are daring’. Sigh. Nobody wants to come with […]

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7 Ways to Reduce Risk in the Outdoors

Is it safe to explore outdoors? Is it even worth it? Is it safe to play outdoors? No, really is it safe to hike or camp or backpack? Today on the blog, Risk in the Outdoors…#hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Hiker Killed and Partially Eaten By Grizzly Bear on Yellowstone National Park…. The animals that are […]

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How to Plan A Night HIke

When it comes to hiking and other outdoor adventures I always like to hike in the morning. Here in the Rockies getting an early start means reducing the risk of being chased off of a mountain by afternoon lightning. It also means that I can get my kids down for their afternoon nap. But about […]

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7 Ways to Find Happiness

I better start this post with a little disclaimer, I’m not a mental health professional, nor am I an expert in any way on depression. But, I do know that happiness is something that I strive for. Not that fake, oh-look-at-me-and-my-oh-so-perfect-life type of happiness. But the type of happiness that comes with self-acceptance. Last week my […]

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Balancing Cell Phone Use In the Backcountry

I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely hike, camp, backpack, mountain bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe without my iPhone, my camera, and my GPS. I fight the need to document every adventure and track every route. I want to say that this is just the nature of the beast when it comes to […]

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7 Outdoor Pet Peeves (and what we can do about them)

I like to keep it positive around here, but every once in a while I encounter something on the trails that makes me downright angry. Here’s the deal. I believe that most of us try hard to be good stewards of the environment. We try to pack out our garbage, clean up after ourselves, reduce our […]

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7 Reasons Why I Hike

Why do YOU hike? Is it for any of these reasons? http://hikelikeawoman.net/2015/09/7-reasons-why-i-hike/ @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Have you ever looked up at a mountain and felt very small? Have you ever climbed to the top of a peak, looked down and felt invincible? Do you crave that feeling you get when you are miles and […]

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What Climbing Four 14ers Taught Me About My Friends

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn Click To Tweet When I brought up the idea of climbing four 14-ers in one day to my local hiking group I wasn’t sure if it would be something that anyone else would be interested in attempting. My post […]

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3 Tips to Prevent Pre-Hike Crankiness

Do you hike with a child or someone who acts like a child? If you do this post is for you. Monday morning was chaos at our house. I blame Sunday. I’d been out of town all weekend for work, when I got back into town the fridge was empty so I fed my kids […]

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How to Become an Outdoor Mom

You’re at 10,000 feet, 4 miles away from your car at the trailhead and your 8-month-old baby suddenly starts screaming at the top of her lungs. You check her diaper, offer her a snack and a drink. You check her clothing to make sure she isn’t over or under dressed. You cuddle with her. Sing […]

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3 Simple Tips for Hiking with Kids

I’ve gotta be honest here…it’s easy to get caught up in the wild world of kids daypacks, raincoats and boots and forget all about the basics when it comes to hiking with kids. But in reality all you need are 3 simple things for a great time on the trails with little ones. Check out […]

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How to Cope with Altitude

Full disclaimer here: Everything I’ve learned about altitude, acclimatization and mountain sickness comes from NOLS, the Altitude Org & my own experience. I’m not a doctor or a scientist but I do live at 7,200 feet, regularly climb mountains above 12,000 feet and take out of town guests from low areas into the wilderness. This […]

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Why I Put My Babies “At Risk” By Taking Them Hiking

About a year ago I read the book ‘Up: A Mother and Daughters Peakbagging Adventure’ by Patricia Ellis Herr. In the book Herr recounts several instances of people making snide comments about how children shouldn’t be bagging peaks. When I was reading the book I had a hard time grasping this concept. I’ve rarely encountered […]

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Why Do You Hike?

Recently I asked Hike Like A Woman facebook fans why they hike. The response was overwhelming. Reading why people hike brought about a surge of gratitude for our small community. It’s a place where we can share emotional responses to why certain things move us or make us feel the way that they do. For […]

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Essential Gear For the Outdoor Mom

I’m a sucker for a new piece of gear BUT there’s just something about an old piece of gear that is full of memories and completely reliable no matter how much use and abuse it goes through. Since we hike and write trail guides I put my gear through fair amount of abuse on a regular basis, […]

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