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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

9 Tips for Road Trip Bliss With Young Kids

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To many parents, the thought of taking a long road trip with young kids and spending countless hours in a car can feel like an extra summer chore. But with careful planning and a carefree attitude, a road trip can be an amazing family adventure filled with incredible memories, much needed bonding time and a good way to check off multiple boxes on your travel bucket list.  Here are 9 tips to help make your family road trip more kiddo-friendly: 1. Create busy boxes for each kid. Before leaving on…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

The Summit of Stoke: An Ambassadorial Adventure in Estes Park

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You’ve been there. Maybe your employer called it an “offsite” – where you and a few dozen folks you kind of know hole up together for a few days and explore your shared commonality. These multi-day events can be trying – often requiring a lot of awkward social dancing. The goals are usually to emerge from the experience with checkmarks on some sort of goal sheet handed down by the board of directors or HR director. Last weekend, in snowy Estes Park, Colorado, Deuter held its second-ever “Ambassador Summit” –…read more

Returning to Red Rock with the Sunrise Baby

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Words: Blair Haddad Photos: Benny Haddad The last time I got to touch the smooth sandstone of Red Rock, I was 3-4 months pregnant. I was heartbroken to not be climbing in such a beautiful place. When we originally found out we were pregnant, I planned to continue my very active lifestyle – hiking, climbing, yoga. Unfortunately, after a scary hematoma in the very beginning of our pregnancy, I had to cut all physical activity until we healed. Red Rock was our first trip after we’d been cleared for more movement,…read more

How to Use ‘No’ to Get to More ‘Hell Yes’ in 2018

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This blog is about New Year’s Resolutions. I know what you’re thinking “Wait, Resolutions? In March?” Well, yes, it is March, but it’s been a busy start to the year, and I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator. I’m not usually one to set New Year’s Resolutions, so this year, I’m setting more of an intention… trying to live by a mantra. Those who have been to a yoga class know what I mean. At the beginning of the class, the instructor prompts you to set intentions for your…read more

Baby Steps: Overcoming Depression with Small Stints in Nature

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In 2017 my wife Chelsea and I were fortunate enough to welcome our daughter into the pack. Long story short, that first year was extremely difficult for me. I dove into a depression which turns out is pretty normal for fathers and there isn’t much help for it. It was only when I started taking small moments in nature, even urban environments, that I began to overcome this depression. To add insult to injury, I felt utterly ashamed of the fact that I was depressed. Me… an outdoor professional… who pushes…read more

How to Layer the Kids up for Winter Outings

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Getting outside as a family isn’t just limited to the heady days of summer. With the right gear and a little bit of planning, winter can be downright magical. Some families choose to haul their younger kids in enclosed trailers for skiing, hiking or snowshoeing, but many children actually prefer to be riding right in the middle of the fun on the back of a parent. The trick is keeping them warm! Framed carriers like the Deuter Kid Comfort series allow children wearing many layers to be carried easily. They’re…read more

Everybody Melts Sometimes: Dealing with a Young Adventurer Losing it on the Trail

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Adventuring with your littles is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. Whether you are hiking, backpacking, skiing or bike riding, watching your young adventurer grow and develop over the years is magical. But that magic can come at a price. In spite of the picture-perfect stories on social media most kids will, at some point, melt down on an adventure. Knowing how to defuse the situation and help your child recover is critical to having an enjoyable trip and one that they will remember positively. At 10 years old…read more

Becoming a Parent, And The Best Baby Gift You Can Buy

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“Where do I get one of those packs?” “We just had a little girl. When can I put her in one of those packs?” “Our first kid is coming in two months – how do I keep doing the things I love outside?” In person and over social media, I answer these questions on a weekly basis. New parents see my husband and I carrying our sons on our backs while fishing, hiking, or getting groceries and want to know how we’re making it happen. Our answer is the same…read more