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Do You Practice Forest Bathing?

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On a recent backpacking trip with my family, I was reflecting on the meditative power of hiking and how the rhythm of walking and breathing helps to fully engage the senses in the smells, sights and sounds around us. While hiking, the mind often gently drifts off to other thoughts but then is brought back to the present by the rhythm of our movement and the details of the physical landscape through which we travel. Anyone who has spent extended time in the wilderness has likely experienced the calming power…read more

The Secret to Getting Children Outside (of their Comfort Zone) and Why it’s Important

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We get outside with our children a lot. Being active is part of what we do as a family. Our children, ages 4 and 7, walk or ride bikes to pre-school and elementary school nearly every day and most of our weekends and vacations include outdoor adventures. As a result, our children have learned to ride bikes, ski, hike and backpack at an early age. Other parents ask us what our secret is, or assume that our children are naturally more inclined toward these activities. The secret is that we repeatedly give…read more

How to Unplug and Enjoy Alaska

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“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau We, as a culture, spend our lives being busy. We equate busy-ness with productivity, productivity with success, success with happiness. If we are not doing something, we feel like we are wasting time. We go on vacation and rush around from activity to activity, trying to pack as much relaxation as we can into a small period of time. What if we could spend more time being and less time doing? What if we could spend less…read more

‘Is This Pack Waterproof?’ How to Keep Your Gear Dry on the Trail

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For the first five days of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike it rained every day. With daytime highs hovering in the mid to upper 30s in the mountains of North Georgia, staying warm, dry and motivated was a challenge. I managed to stay motivated but struggled with the other two. My one solace was in knowing that I had a dry sleeping bag to crawl into at the end of the day. Fortunately, my one longer backpack trip before this – Vermont’s Long Trail – had also started with five days of rain and I…read more

Sledding in the Swiss Alps – fun for the whole family

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Winter is here. Are you the type of person who hibernates inside and waits for winter to pass? Or do you get outside and make the most of it? You don’t need to be a skier to enjoy outdoor recreation in the winter. Snowshoeing and sledding are also great options that don’t require a lot of skill or equipment. Well-known for its world class skiing, my family spent last winter in Switzerland. But did you know they also boast some of the best sledding in the world? Schlitteln (sledding, sledging, tobogganing)…read more

Are You Following Your Outdoor Dreams?

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Not long ago, the Deuter USA Ambassador Team gathered for an outdoor summit in the Colorado Rockies. In celebration of our arrival, the sky opened up and dumped over two feet of snow on us over the course of our weekend meeting. While others bemoaned the early spring snowstorm, our team couldn’t wait to get out to do some product testing and frolic in the snow. Although our ambassadors may pursue different outdoor disciplines and interests, they all share a common passion for spending time outdoors and sharing their experiences…read more

Destination Iceland: Adventure Travel For Active Families

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Iceland is a destination that both my wife and I have held high on our individual and collective lists of must-see places for quite some time. We had both initially envisioned it as an adventurous trip filled with extended backcountry travel that did not include children. However, this summer we found ourselves heading to Iceland with our 4-year old son, 21-month old daughter, and a vague idea of what we wanted to do while we were there. Planning any trip that will revolve around outdoor activities always invokes questions about…read more

Hiking With Children: Why Not All Kid Carrier Backpacks Are Equal

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Before having children, my wife and I spent a lot of time hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering. With the arrival of our first child, we knew that it would be more of a challenge to continue to do some of these activities. A good quality child carrier has been the key for us to have outdoor adventures as a family. With a background in outdoor retail, where I had sold hundreds of kid carriers, and outdoor recreation, where I had worked as an outdoor trip leader and climbing guide, I…read more

So this is how grown ups travel?

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It was January 2004 on the morning of my departure for a mountaineering trip to Ecuador. I slung two heavy duffel bags over my shoulders on my way out the door and … a twist in the wrong direction, a shooting pain through my lower back. How was I going to sit on a plane all day? Even more worrisome, how was I going to carry a pack and climb mountains? In the car I braced myself to prevent being jostled by the small bumps in the road — It was…read more

Discovering the Freedom of Biking

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With the beginning of a new year, I have been contemplating the past year and the adventures I have had with my family as I have watched our children grow and change. One of the notable achievements for my son was learning to ride a bike. He started the year on a balance bike and soon moved to a 12” pedal bike, which he rode with no training wheels through the spring, summer and fall. Both his skills and his stature grew and as a result he ended the year…read more