Confessions of a Mom Who Hikes

If you’re a Mom I think this post will make you feel like you’re not alone. Please welcome the amazing Emily to the website with an update about her summer of hiking.  Confessions of a Mom Who Hikes @hikelikeawoman #teamHLAW Click To Tweet The sweat was dripping off my face and we hadn’t even made […]

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That’s A Wrap!

It’s always a surreal and kind of sad feeling when our virtual hiking challenges end for the summer. All summer long Amelia and I have been blown away by your stories. We’ve been inspired by your photographs. We’ve wanted to travel the world and hike alongside you. For two summers in a row, we’ve been […]

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Week 8 #takeahike (Bonus Week!!!)

Week 8 Challenge *Bonus Week* : Hike with your Kids, Dogs or Someone You Love Sponsored by: Kelty, Shellter, Otium Brands, Onya Baby, Dublin Dog & Action Wipes July 25-31st How to participate: Take a Hike with your kids, dogs or someone you love and tell us about it Snap a photo or two Log […]

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The Truth About Mother’s Day

This morning I hiked with a group of my Mom friends. We watched our children charge up a hill. We watched them posthole through deep patches of slushy spring snow. We watched them play with sticks, fill their hats with rocks and throw pine cones. Now I’m watching my children nap on the couch, completely […]

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What’s My Contribution To The World?

Last week I sat at an honors banquet for the University of Wyoming College of Law. I was wearing a little black cocktail dress, eyeliner (shocking!) and shoes with too much heel. I felt awkward and out of place without my hiking pants and trail runners. I was accompanying my husband who is in his […]

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Why You Need to Plan A Girls Weekend Now

Why you need to plan an outdoor girls weekend now! @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet This weekend I’m skiing into a backcountry cabin with a group of friends. We’re leaving our children with our spouses and venturing out into the wild unknown. Sure, we’ll only be a few miles from our SUV’s parked at the trailhead. […]

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What a Tragic Death Taught Me About Risk in the Outdoors

Note: The draft for this blog post has been saved since the first week of January. I haven’t had the courage to hit the ‘publish’ button. Maybe it’s that I want to keep it fun and positive around here and you can’t do that when you’re talking about death. Or maybe I was afraid of […]

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How to Teach a Child to Love the Outdoors

How to Teach a Child to Love the Outdoors @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet A few days ago I was walking through the Kmart parking lot with my kids. Yep, I said Kmart…we live in Wyoming and sometimes we shop at Kmart. We’re classy like that. All of a sudden an old, filthy, greasy McDonalds bag flew […]

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Meet Ruth (#womenwhoinspire)

Meet Ruth! #womenwhoinspire @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet You know what’s crazy? The moment when you realize that your blog has a large and amazing international following! About a month ago I “met” Ruth on our Summit: Goal-Setting Group. She just happens to live in Pretoria, South Africa, how amazing is that! Shortly after being introduced […]

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Meet Mary Beth (#womenwhoinspire)

In December I knew that I needed some inspiration. I knew that I needed to surround myself with a group of women who could motivate me and push me to reach my goals, that’s why I started the Summit goal-setting group. But launching it was really hard, I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to […]

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Meet Melissa (#womenwhoinspire)

Meet Melissa! I “met” Melissa a few weeks ago when she joined our Summit Goal Setting Group. Instantly I was impressed with her enthusiasm and drive to set big goals. But I knew that I had to interview her as soon as I read a blog post she wrote called, A letter to my daughter: […]

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Meet Angela (#womenwhoinspire)

Next up in our @hikelikeawoman #womenwhoinspire blog series, meet Angela! Founder of @NWHealthyMama Click To Tweet Several months ago I “met” Angela online. She had started the website, NW Healthy Mama around the same time that I launched the Hike Like A Woman Blog. She asked if I’d write a guest post, which I happily did […]

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Four Words We Need To Hear More Often

4 Words We Need To Hear More Often @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Have you ever had one of those moments where you say the wrong thing? Yesterday was a pretty typical day for me but I said something that I regret. Here’s the story. I took my kids out for a little snowshoeing on one […]

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5 Free Things We Can Give Ourselves For Christmas

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I love the twinkle of Christmas lights. I love heading to the mountains to cut down a tree. I love drinking hot wassail on Christmas Eve. I love the kindness that people show. I love watching my kids open their presents and their eyes light up with […]

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What My Kids Taught Me About Stress

I’ve noticed a trend in my life. When things are really good more good things happen. It’s like goodness just multiples. But when bad things happen, they just keep on happening. Then there are those great days when everything is just smooth sailing, nothing too amazing or nothing too terrible. Usually, my life is pretty […]

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Introducing Moms Who Hike

It’s here! Check out my new website, http://www.momswhohike.com/ @momswhohike! #hikelikeawoman #outfam 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 […]

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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 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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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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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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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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Am I ‘Enough?’

Last night I was frantically working when my 1 year old crawled into my lap and said, “Hold you me, Mommy”. I turned off my computer, put away my work, and held him close, running my hands through his hair, tickling his feet with my fingers and giving him endless kisses. Soon my 3 year […]

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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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