Wilderness First Aid for Outdoor Families

When we take our kids outside, we always say “Safety First,” but don’t always consciously stop to think about what that means. Managing risk as an outdoor family is one of the most important jobs we have outside, but what does that … [Read more...]

Why I Take my Sick Kids Outside

Pent up sick kids doesn't mean getting-healthier kids! Our reasons for getting our kids outside, even when they are sick. The post Why I Take my Sick Kids Outside appeared first on Tales of a Mountain Mama. … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on a Hike

I am so very excited for our NEW series: Mamas in the Wild: How We Survive When We Opt Outside, sponsored by REI. This four-part series will focus on real life mom-to-mom tips, tricks, and humor (because how could we survive this without laughing a … [Read more...]

Hiking Safety Tips for Fall

I’m on my county’s search and rescue team, and educating hikers about how to hike safely is one of my greatest passions as a SAR member and blogger.  While there are certain things we SAR teams hope every hiker will take the time to learn, no matter … [Read more...]

Put a Bucket on Your Brain – Why You Need a Helmet

This winter (and every winter), you should be wearing a helmet for any sport that could get your noggin cracked. Ice skating, skiing/boarding, and sledding are the big ones. My kids look at me a little funny when I tell them they don’t need to … [Read more...]

Bear Safety for Families

I know it’s hard to imagine, but it really won’t be TOO long before the bears start appearing again, hungry and grumpy. Maybe it’s why I like winter so much – the hibernation (or at least mostly!) of bears…. But, in all … [Read more...]

Sun protection in the Winter + Blue Lizard Sunscreen Giveaway

Sun protection in the Winter + Blue Lizard Sunscreen Giveaway | Amelia I will be the first to admit that I really struggle with sunscreen. I hate applying it, and especially am not fond of dealing with the more natural ones that tend to go on so much … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

O.F.F UV Skinz + Giveaway

O.F.F UV Skinz + Giveaway | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious … [Read more...]

When a Bear Wanders into Camp + Leave No Trace Tips

When a Bear Wanders into Camp + Leave No Trace Tips | Amelia A couple weekends ago we spent (tent) camping at one of my all-time favorite spots in Teton National Park, Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake is a tent-only campground that has easy access to the … [Read more...]

Helmets are NOT Optional

Helmets are NOT Optional | Amelia I don’t even know why helmets are a hot-button topic. I don’t know why there is any negotiation or question about why you shouldn’t wear one. In my opinion, it’s an across-the-board, … [Read more...]