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What Does It Take To Backpack With Kids

  J-Man is 6 years old and I’m still surprised at the responses we get when other folks see us backpacking into the wilderness with him. When he was an infant and we hiked you would have thought I had an alien on my back. The comments, … [Read more...]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

Oakzanita Peak Panorama Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided … [Read more...]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted … [Read more...]

Tunemah Trail Backpacking Trip – A 1987 mystery unfolds

28-year-old Map of the Tunemah Trail Warning: Long Blog Post In 1987, I went on a backpacking trip to the Tunemah Trail near the LeConte and White Divides, in the Sierra Nevada. Using photos, maps, and cryptic captions, I performed research in 2015 … [Read more...]

Wilderness Safety Tips For Kids

  Just the other day a 10 year old boy was lost in the Uinta Mountain outside of Salt Lake City. As a parent of a 6 year old my heart sank when I heard the news. I couldn’t imagine what the parents were going through. Thank goodness the … [Read more...]

Hiking, Biking and Kayaking in the Tetons

  Wow! It’s almost the end of August and summer is almost over. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right? As I look back on our adventure packed summer our June trip to the Grand Teton National Park seems … [Read more...]

Canadian Rockies – A gorgeous change of plans

Saskatchewan Glacier and a host of peaks from Parker Ridge Sometimes you don’t get the trip that you planned, but you get one that you need. Our trip to the Canadian Rockies started out a little rocky. Our plan was this: The PD and I would fly … [Read more...]

Hit the Trails and Become a Weekday Warrior

I never thought I would become a weekend warrior. In fact, I spent years dedicated to a pursuit of a lifestyle where “weekend warrior” does not apply. But here I am, working 40 hours a week and regulating much of my outdoor time to the way-too-short … [Read more...]

Osprey Hydration Packs for Kids

Osprey Hydration Packs for Kids | Amelia Ah the daily quest to keep the kids hydrated. It’s so much harder than it should be. Honestly my biggest “trick” is giving them their own hydration pack (and/or bottles…though the packs … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you!

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you! | Amelia I can’t believe that our #hike2015 event has come to an end. I was so thrilled when I saw Rebecca’s idea for Hike 2015 come to fruition AND that she invited me to jump in and join her in … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you!

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you! | Amelia I can’t believe that our #hike2015 event has come to an end. I was so thrilled when I saw Rebecca’s idea for Hike 2015 come to fruition AND that she invited me to jump in and join her in … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you!

Hike 2015 Week 9 Winners & Thank you! | Amelia I can’t believe that our #hike2015 event has come to an end. I was so thrilled when I saw Rebecca’s idea for Hike 2015 come to fruition AND that she invited me to jump in and join her in … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 9 + Week 8 Winners

Hike 2015 Week 9 + Week 8 Winners | Amelia I can’t believe it but our Hike 2015 Challenge is almost over! This is our last week. Those 9 weeks flew by and encouraged US to hike so much more – thank you! THIS is the sort of event that makes … [Read more...]

Dear Parents: Bring Your Kids!

Dear Parents: Bring Your Kids! | Amelia Dear Moms and Dads,   Your children are not simply an inconvenience. They are not “in the way” of your real life. They are not something to just deal with for a few hours and then move … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 8 & Last Week’s Winners

Hike 2015 Week 8 & Last Week’s Winners | Amelia First of all, thank you all for hiking with us. What a fun few weeks this has been – we hope you’ve been inspired to get out there just a little bit more – I sure have! What … [Read more...]

Sequoia National Park – Where my love of the outdoors began

Panoramic view of Crescent Meadow Sequoia National Park. The first time I visited was when I was six. From my parents’ recollection, my memory, and faded photos, it was the quiet alternative to the more popular and iconic Yosemite National … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 7 + Last Week’s Winners

Hike 2015 Week 7 + Last Week’s Winners | Amelia We hope you all had fun with last week’s challenge. It was wonderful to watch all of your entries and see how creative it was for some of you to bag a peak or hike to a high point, the varied … [Read more...]

Our Grand Tetons Trip in Pictures

  A couple weeks ago we returned from 13 days in glorious Grand Teton National Park. Bedge leads a photography workshop there every year, so J-Man and I tag along and we turn it into a family vacation. Grand Teton NP is one of my favorite … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Safe Summer Hiking with Kids

12 Tips for Safe Summer Hiking with Kids | Amelia We so hope you are joining us for our big Hike 2015 event. We’re on week 6 of 9 and it’s been my favorite event we’ve ever done here. It’s just so fun to see all the places … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 6 + Winners from Last Week

Hike 2015 Week 6 + Winners from Last Week | Amelia We loved seeing your smiling faces this week! We’re all a little bashful about “selfies”, but the scenery makes it totally worth it. Plus, it’s a little documentation of your … [Read more...]

Corona Arch Hike in Moab

    Corona Arch     Details: Length: 3 miles round trip Hours: 2 – 3 Difficulty: moderate (only because of the steps and ladder) Elevation gain: 440 feet Dog friendly: Yes **There is very little shade along this trail, so … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 – Week 5 + Last week’s winners

Hike 2015 – Week 5 + Last week’s winners | Amelia When we came up with the idea for this crazy #Hike2015 event we had no idea what kind of response we’d see. But, can I just tell you that we’re impressed, motivated and inspired? Your … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 – Week 4 + winners!

Hike 2015 – Week 4 + winners! | Amelia WOW! You all are making choosing our winners VERY hard! The good news is that If you didn’t win this week (or even if you did) please keep on participating and sharing your photos and experiences. We still … [Read more...]

The 100 Peaks Blog Turns 6 – A Wildlife Photo Collection

Moose in Big Springs, Idaho It was 6 years ago on June 24th that I posted my first hike, to Iron Mountain. Since then, I’ve been a lot of interesting places and have seen a lot of interesting things. I normally do a photograph collection on … [Read more...]