10 Good Reasons to Take a Hike

Sometimes when I tell people that I like to hike they don’t get it. They look at me like I’m crazy. They say that hiking is boring. They simply can’t figure out why I look forward to loading my kids in the car, stuffing my daypack with granola bars and heading for the mountains. There […]

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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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La Sportiva Thunder III Boots {Gear Review}

You might like to hike in running shoes, or hiking shoes or even Chacos but, for the most part, I’m a boot girl. 75% of the time I’m hiking in boots. I love the stability and ankle support of a boot, especially if I’m packing heavy loads (i.e. children) up and down mountains. A few […]

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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 […]

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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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Introducing Moms Who Hike

It’s here! Check out my new website, http://www.momswhohike.com/ @momswhohike! #hikelikeawoman… Click To Tweet When I launched Hike Like A Woman last spring I struggled with how to combine information about hiking with kids with the content that I really wanted to write about here. I felt like I really wanted Hike Like A Woman to […]

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What I Learned From a Bunch of Outdoor Kids

Did you catch the harvest moon and the lunar eclipse last night? Our hiking group headed to one of our favorite local places, Vedauwoo, for a picnic, a short hike, some scrambling on the giant granite boulders, s’mores and moon-gazing. It was perfect. The weather was just right. The fall colors were beautiful. The moon beautiful, […]

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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,… Click To Tweet Hiker Killed and Partially Eaten By Grizzly Bear on Yellowstone National Park…. The animals that are most likely to kill […]

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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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Technology in the Wilderness: Finding Balance

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 feel like I need to document every adventure and track every route. I’d like to say that this is just the nature of the beast when it comes […]

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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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Why Sleepless Nights in a Tent are Worth It

Outdoor experiences and family adventures will linger as memories of sleepless nights disappear… Click To Tweet Have you ever found yourself wide awake in a tent at 3 am vowing never, ever to camp again? Early yesterday morning these blasphemous thoughts ran through my head. This is absolutely ridiculous. Every single time we camp I […]

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7 Reasons Why I Hike

Why do YOU hike? Is it for any of these reasons?… 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 miles away […]

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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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7 Fun Outdoor Twitter Chats

Have you ever participated in a twitter chat? A twitter chat is a real-time conversation on twitter. It’s a live social event where participants chat using common hashtag. The conversation is open to anyone on twitter with moderators keeping the discussion going. Twitter chats are a great way to meet like-minded folks on the tweetosphere. […]

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Outdoor Research Women’s Oasis Sombrero {Gear Review}

I have a confession. I prefer my hair pushed back out of my face with a Buff and a nice pair of sunglasses to a wide-brimmed hat. In fact, I don’t like sombrero type hats. They just aren’t my style. But, wrinkles aren’t my style either and I’m not completely satisfied with my skin. It […]

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North Face Women’s Paramount II Convertible Pant {Gear Review}

Confession: I’m yet to find the perfect pair of hiking pants, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped searching. Right now there are 8 pairs of hiking pants in my closet. I’ve tried every style, every brand and something is always wrong. They are too short, or to high-waisted, the pockets aren’t perfect or they just […]

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#Hike2015. Week 9.

I can’t believe that our #hike2015 event has come to an end. Last March when the idea for #hike2015 hit I thought it would be a fun way to connect with you. I wanted our virtual interactions right here and on social media to come to life. But self-doubt hit. Would you want to take […]

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7 Amazing Outdoor Moms

I was raised by an Outdoor Mom. I remember her loading my siblings and as many neighborhood kids as she could fit in our 1987 Dodge caravan and driving to trailheads all over the place to take us hiking. I also remember her bold attempt to take us camping without my Dad. It didn’t go […]

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7 Best Outdoor Blogs

Outdoor blogs. We go to them before we buy a new piece of gear. We use them check out the trails in a new location. We visit our favorite outdoor blogs to plan an adventure, or before we buy an outdoor book. We go to them when we’re searching for adventure, inspiration or just a […]

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Ribz Front Pack {Gear Review}

I’m so excited to announce something new on the blog. Gear Reviews! Every Wednesday I plan to publish a short video gear review. I promise to make the video’s short, the reviews honest (even if I received the product for free to test and review) and to tell you the background stories about why I […]

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An interview with the Top Goat {Molly Ward} – Part 2 #womenwhoinspire

This is the second part of an interview with my friend and all around amazing woman, Molly who owns Mountain Goat Instructional Design in Bozeman, Montana. If you tuned in yesterday Molly talked about the important connection between children, science and our natural world. Today’s interview dives into a few trail-friendly activities with kids that […]

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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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Garbage Wreckin’ My Zen

One of the reasons that we selected a challenge for this week all about picking up garbage along the trails is because nothing wrecks a beautiful, pristine place more than a site like this. Or this. Or toilet paper hanging out of someone’s poop nugget on the side of the trail because the outhouse either […]

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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. In fact, I’m almost done writing a book full of detailed pro-tips to make every hike with kids awesome so I know […]

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“Is the tree sad, Mommy?”

As a mother I love trying to figure out what my children are thinking. Sometimes I’m amazed at the simplicity of their words and I realize that sometimes those words are the result of a surprisingly complicated thought process. This morning my kids and I set out on a little hike (and by hike, I […]

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This Season of Life

This morning I went snowshoeing with a few friends and our children. The adult to child ratio was 5:7. The odds were in favor of the Moms. The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Thanks to a crazy spring storm there was 2 feet of snow underneath our snowshoes. The morning was beautiful […]

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From the Trailhead to a Night on the Town in 15 Minutes

Are you ready for a confession? The thought of putting on foundation makes me break into a cold sweat. I’ve never mastered the art of applying eye-liner, lipstick seems annoying and most of the time I’m either wearing hiking pants or yoga pants. But, I have this friend named Jenn. We like to hike together. […]

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When You Start a Hike as Strangers…but Finish as Friends

One thing I love about social media and the online outdoor community is connecting with new friends. My husband and I have a longstanding joke about how many times we head out on hikes with people we don’t really know in person but who we feel like we already know because we’ve met online through our […]

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“I think I can”…

“I think I can,” puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged […]

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Living Simply to Simply Live

One of the things that draws me to the outdoors is the simplicity of being in nature. There’s something special about being able to carry everything we need for a few days on our backs. Days spent in the mountains help me realize that I really don’t need much to be happy. For the past […]

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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 outdoor women need each other.

Hiking friends are the best kind of friends to have. I think it’s because they ‘get it’…they understand the need to bag or peak, or seek solace in nature.  A few weeks ago I was feeling kind of discouraged. As you probably noticed Hike Like A Woman grew really big, really fast. I wasn’t prepared […]

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