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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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. 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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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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38 Things I’d Tell My 18 Year Old Self

That’s me at 18. Awkward. Insecure. Weren’t we all awkward and insecure at 18? If you could go back in time what would you tell yourself at 16 or 18 or even at 30? Here are a few things that I’d tell myself. Slow Down. It’s not a race to the summit. Sit up straight. […]

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