• Backpacker

    7 Ways To Save Money On Kids’ Hiking Gear

    I couldn’t wait to become an Adventure Mom, planning family camping trips and taking my kid on favorite hikes. When the moment finally arrived nearly eight years ago, and I ventured to the kids section of my local Patagonia store, I was not prepared for how overwhelming the shopping experience would be and how quickly my budget would shatter, making the dream of summits with my son feel out of reach. I recall turning heads as I held up a down sweater bunting in front of my husband and whisper-yelled, “This costs an entire paycheck! And he’ll grow out of it so fast!” Somehow, between the sales racks and friends’…

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    What Survival Skills Should I Teach My 5 Year Old?

    When young explorers hit the trail with their joyful curiosity, parents are prepared for the occasional skinned knee or “carry me!” demand, but perhaps not the worst case scenario. Even if the hike is short or familiar or seemingly straightforward, things could go awry in an instant despite our best efforts. There’s good news, though: Even very young children can learn to stay safe by following a few simple rules. “Talking children through a plan in a simulated discussion will help them stay calm if they are ever separated [from the group while hiking],” says Chris Boyer, executive director at the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). “Adults should…