What we're about

Anyone interested in getting outside to hike, climb, camp, ski with kids some times adult-paced, most of the time split adult/kid paced. While adult-paced adventure is stunted with little ones, it doesn’t have to grind to halt with a solid group of motivated parents and the necessary kid accoutrements, treats and peers we can introduce the next generation to the beauty and mystery of outdoor adventure.

We all have different parenting styles, let’s focus on where we connect and build each other up. Being outdoors with kids can be challenging, I find the biggest hurdle is just packing up and getting outside, but as we know things can blow up at anytime so if plans need to change don’t stress it, communicate early and join next time.

This is my first time hosting a meetup group so advice and ideas welcome.

Please join events at your and your children’s’ own risk. I may add a liability waiver. Consider bringing a basic first aid kit to support your family as needed. Basic first aid knowledge, 10 essentials and outdoor activity risk awareness is expected. If you would like to discuss preparedness or talk through what to bring I am happy to offer my opinion and experience.

I was 2 years old on my first backpacking trip and the love for mountains has been with me ever since. My first summit at age 12 was the Middle Sister followed by Adams at 14. At age 19 I stated rock and ice climbing and at 22 I started skiing back country for more efficient Winter mountain travel, years later discovered the joy and expense of resort skiing. I taught lead climbing, crevasse rescue and basic first aid for the mountaineers in Bellingham and have taken many beginners into the Wilderness. At 34, I had my daughter and everything changed pace. She’s been on 4 backpacking trips ranging from 1 to 4 nights as remote as the Wind Rivers Cirque of the Towers starting at just 6 months. I’ve met the challenge of diapers on the trail head on and managed to have lovely albeit messy adventures with babe in arms.

I share all this so you have a sense of my passion and drive to be outside exploring as much as possible. I am not a guide and while happy to host and share ideas, each individual is responsible for their and their kids preparedness and safety.

Looking forward to sharing the trail and dirt with you and yours. All adventure ideas welcome! Paddle boards, kayaks, the options are endless.

Upcoming events (2)

Hike Pilot Butte - Mix Kid/Adult Pace

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Weather pending, afternoon hike up the butte. Will carry my 3yo in backpack kid carrier and she may walk. Happy to go at kid walking pace or adult. Bring snacks, water and lots of warm layers (snowsuit, pants, jacket, hats, mittens, boots)! I find a warm drink in the kid water bottle go a long way, e.g steamer, honey sweetened tea, etc. Picture is actually from Sparks Lake, not Pilot Butte.

Toddler Ski Practice

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Headed up the hill to build some ski familiarity with my 3 yo as she is too young for lessons by a couple months. Join us on the new free Woodward Start Park and the First Rays carpet, both of which are located next to Sunrise Lodge and are free for all guests to access. We may (expectations aren’t low) purchase a $39 Learning Progression lift ticket, which allows for graduation to the Lava Tube carpet, the Early Riser chairlift, and eventually to the Alpenglow chairlift and its Volcano Adventure Park, a family-friendly Woodward Mountain Park zone themed around Cascade volcanoes, according to Mt. Bachelor. Fair warning...Hot chocolate and other forms of bribery may be offered in bulk to build that positive association. Happy to trade off adult ski time if someone is interested, message me in advance.

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Toddler Ski Practice

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