How do I climb a 14er? (Reader Question)

Lately, we've been asked a lot of questions about things like gear, equipment and hiking in general. It's awesome, we love being able to share our thoughts. Instead of keeping the conversation confined to an email or social media conversation, we're going to start publishing more Q&A's right here too. At the end of August I headed to Colorado to climb Mt. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross with a few friends. They were my first 14ers. I write a trip report over on our sister site, Hike Like A Woman and it's been crazy popular. But it also generated a…

How To Climb Medicine Bow Peak With Kids

  Last week a friend posted this question on the facebook page of our local kid-friendly hiking group. Any tips for a family hike up Medicine Bow Peak? Best trailhead? It just happened to coincide with some other questions we've been asked lately regarding taking kids to the top of the peak. So, I thought it'd be a good time to talk a little bit about climbing Medicine Bow Peak with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Medicine Bow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range at 12,013 feet. It is part of a rugged ridge line that towers over…

6 Ways to Enjoy A Crowd-Free Holiday

Have you ever pulled into the perfect campsite only to have a bunch of 17-year-olds and their keg of beer show up at the campsite right next to you? Or, have you ever sought solace in the woods to have it interrupted by a crying baby all night. (If so that was our crying baby, so sorry!) We love the outdoors and we love sharing our favorite outdoor places but with a holiday weekend just around the corner where do you go to find some peace and quiet? It's going to be crazy at Vedauwoo, Curt Gowdy State Park, Lake…

5 Essentials for Hiking at Curt Gowdy State Park

When it comes to packing and planning for a hike we've all heard about the '10 Essentials' -- a list of 10 items that you should always have in your daypack. Here they are: Navigation tool Sun protection Insulation Illumination First aid supplies Fire Repair kit Nutrition Hydration Emergency shelter I'm all about being prepared for an emergency, but I'm also all for packing light so I can move fast, especially when accompanied by children and all of their extra gear. (and by gear I mean snacks) We've found ourselves at Curt Gowdy State Park a lot this spring and summer.…

Never Leave Home Without these 5 Things

It was a bit of a weird morning. Al left early to go set up for the GPS class up at Curt Gowdy State Park and then I headed there with our kids to do some hiking. We were about a mile into Stone Temple Pilot when I got this text message from Al who had finished up and was headed home. "Bad accident. Traffic is stopped on the interstate back to Laramie." No worries, I thought. Traffic will be moving by the time we're ready to leave. An hour later I called Al and to discover that he was…

On the Colorado Trail with Willow Belden

A few weeks ago I was at a birthday party and met Willow for the first time. Now, I'd known about Willow for a long time--she's kind of a big deal in little ole Laramie but as we got to chatting I knew that I had to interview her for the website. I was happy when she agreed to chat with me. Willow is down to earth, educated, smart and you can't help but want to go on an adventure with her. I hope you enjoy the interview. Be sure to check out her podcast, we think you're gonna like it.…

How to Store Hats, Gloves, Sunglasses (and other outdoor flair)

You know the feeling when you can't find a certain pair of gloves, or a hat or even a neck gaiter? It's annoying, and stressful, and ridiculous (especially if your children are fully dressed in their snowsuits and sweating like pigs while you scramble around the house trying to find their sunglasses). Here's what we do to cut down on the chaos and help keep track of all our outdoor flair from sunglasses to mittens to bug spray and yak trax. All you need is a little bit of wall space, one or two over the door shoe holders, a…

Hiker Trash Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky. It's a staple in our daypacks. We love beef jerky. What's not to love? It's delicious. We've been making our own jerky ever since we liberated a food dehydrator from my parent's garage where it had been collecting dust since 1987. It was the best thing we've ever stolen. It seems like every family has their own top secret jerky recipe. Today we're sharing ours. It's not top secret. It's cheap and super easy to make. We call it hiker trash jerky. Ingredients: 4-5 lbs sliced flank steak (we get ours pre-sliced from our local butcher) 1 cup…

Question: How do you stay warm during winter adventures?

As part of our Monday morning trail'logy series I thought I'd do something just a tad bit different. I was thinking about writing a post with our favorite tips for staying warm while we cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike or just wander around outside in frigid temperatures. As I was preparing the post I thought to myself, "I bet our readers have a ton of great ideas too!" So, if you've got a great tip, trick or way that you stay warm in the winter leave a comment below. We'll publish your tip next week with our big awesome post about…

Trail’ology: Can I hike in the winter? 5 Tips.

One common barrier to outdoor recreation is the weather! Do you think of hiking as just something to do during the summer? If you live in a cold or snowy place it's easy to be tempted to hunker down for the winter and stay off the trails. While our preferred forms of winter recreation and transportation are by cross-country ski or snowshoe we do in fact hike during the coldest winter months. And it's pretty fun. Here are a few tips for winter hiking. Dress in layers. Just like you would if you were cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and avoid cotton.…