Join the 365 Mile Challenge for 2018!

What happens when over 1,000 people unite to complete one self-propelled mile a day?

They create an outdoor movement.

We kicked off our inaugural 365 Mile Challenge on January 1, 2017 and hoped we’d get a few hundred people to sign up.

But we were blown away. Over 1,000 joined the challenge!

Join the 365 Mile Challenge for 2018!

Over the past year, we have seen first-hand the power in creating small daily wins for our community.

We’ve seen lives changed.

People are getting outdoors that have been inactive their entire lives.

Our Facebook feed is filled with inspiration, admiration, joys and support.

 

Our members tell us:

“I liked how open [the challenge] was to each person’s interpretation, while still providing a firm, achievable commitment to one’s own health and happiness!”

“[I joined] to network with a group of like minded persons, who may help me stay encouraged, and motivated to reach my exercise, weight loss, and overall healthy living / eating goals.“

 

In 2017, 365 Milers completed 42,000 steps which is equivalent to circumnavigating the world 14 times!

The Kid Project, Go Adventure Mom, Hike Like a Woman, Currently Wandering and Tales of a Mountain Mama are kicking off 2018 with the second year of the 365 Mile Challenge.

And we want YOU!

Join the 365 Mile Challenge for 2018!

All you have to do is a self -propelled mile every day for the entirety of 2018. This includes any activity that gets your legs moving and your heart pumping. For example, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing count. But snowmobiling doesn’t. Running, hiking, and mountain biking count, but 4-wheeling doesn’t.

In our first 24 hours of opening the challenge for 2018, we signed up over 500 people. 2018 is going to be EPIC!

Small Steps Can Create Big Change. Join us!

Find all the details here. But hurry, you can save $5 by signing up before December 20th!

And you’ll get one of these great stickers too!!!

Join the 365 Mile Challenge for 2018!

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Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

Today Robyn Robledo from Nomads with a Purpose welcomes us on the blog. I love her perspective and the fact that she adventures with her 5 kids….which gives me hope that life will be easier with MY 5 as they get older! She also has some pretty stellar Family Adventure Road Trips that you can join them on! Be sure to check her out!

 

“I don’t know if I should go?” my 9-year-old son, Jiraiya, says to me as I drive up the steep Kolob Terrace Road toward Wildcat Canyon Trailhead. The sky is just turning from pink and orange to a light blue and my own nerves are causing me to question the same thing

This was a last minute decision. We’d been on the road for ten weeks now, hiking to the top of peaks like The Chief in British Columbia, to secluded alpine lakes in the Sawtooths of Idaho, along glaciers in The Enchantments in Washington. But in these long, hard hikes I’d only taken my three oldest kids. The two younger kids always stayed back at the camper with dad creating their own adventures.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

 

But then, my nine-year-old turned a corner. All of a sudden he didn’t want to stay back. He wanted to be there with his siblings as they took on the challenges of the outdoors. It started in Canmore when he wanted to hike the East End of Rundle. This hike is steep—3000 feet in 2 miles! He was awesome. Then, at Lake Louise, he joined us on the 12-mile trek to Lake Agnes, up to the top of Devils Thumb, and then on to The Plain of Six Glaciers. It was a long eight hours and he kept stride with us the whole way. No problem.

At the beginning of summer, I’d have to yell at him for trying to down-climb instead of rappelling the correct way when we’d go rock climb. Now he was asking to practice leading routes (granted they were only rated 5.5). But this, I was even nervous to take him on: the top-down hike of the famous Subway in Zion National Park. We really weren’t prepared.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

Three days before, on a random whim, we submitted our application as a what-if. Like, “What if we could hike The Subway (top-down) for our final day of this epic 76-day trip?” We were shocked when we won the lottery and didn’t even find out until we were only a few hours away from Zion–less than 36 hours from when we needed to be starting the hike. We didn’t have drybags or wetsuits or headlamps. But we had determination, athleticism, persistence, and plenty of climbing skill so we went for it.

My three oldest are always game for an adventure and possible challenge, but FOMO was driving Jiraiya to want to be included.

“You have to be okay with getting lost or sleeping in the canyon if you want to go.” I had told him the night before.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

He looked scared, which is exactly what I wanted. There would be no time for coaxing or coddling on the trail. I wanted him to fully understand that if he chose to participate, he would be expected to be strong, tough, and brave. I wanted him to be A GAMER. I love that I see it in my older three kids. Being adventurous and exposed to the elements of nature has taught them to work hard, be prepared, improvise, or get by without.

“I’m doing it,” he says as we pull into the dirt parking area at the trailhead.

That’s all I needed to hear. I knew if I could put doubt and fear in his head beforehand and he could work through all those feelings and still look at me with confidence and say he’s in, then I knew he’d make it.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

For me, it was a proud and sad day. He kicked butt on the trail. He hiked fast, repelled beautifully, and swam through every ice cold pool with bravery (although there was a tiny bit of hesitation on the first swim, probably because I was freaking out about how cold it was).

But I was sad because he grew up so much that day.

As we hiked out of the canyon eight hours later, up the steep trail in the ninety-degree sun, I think he lost some of the baby fat from his cheeks and his shoulders got broader. It’s one of the many curses of parenting—we want to raise strong, capable, independent people and then all of a sudden you miss the scared, timid, wary child that used to hang on your leg and bury their face in your shoulder.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

The world needs gamers. It needs kids and adults who are ready to face challenges, grit their teeth and get dirty, who can go without food (and electronics) for hours at a time in order to pursue a goal. To hold on to an ideal, an expectation that they have for themselves and be accountable to it. To lose themselves in nature, knowing one day they may need to return to nature to find themselves.

The outdoors isn’t the only way for us to teach this to our kids– but I love that it’s the way my kids are learning to be gamers.

Raising Gamers: Nurture through Nature

Author Bio:
RAising GamersRobyn Robledo travels full time with her husband & 5 kids spending their days climbing, surfing, hiking, biking, and camping.  She inspires others to live a playful life on her website Nomads with a Purpose and has written 3 books: A Playful Life, 1000 Miles of Memories, & the Road Less Traveled.
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12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 12 *Win from Ella’s Wool, Wee Woollies & Oaki*

12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 1 *Win from REI & Maplelea*

Welcome to Day 12 of our annual 12 Days of Gear Giveaways! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways.

Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into what is coming over the course of these 12 days!

Today you have a chance to win from Ella’s Wool, Wee Woollies & Oaki!

12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 12 *Win from Ella's Wool, Wee Woollies & Oaki*

  1. Ella’s Wool: When base layers aren’t enough, we love the TUBES from Ella’s wool. They can be worn on their own or over a lighter base layer. They also roll really easily so kids can grow into them. You can read more about them in this post here. 
    • (3) Winners will receive their choice of TUBES (Open to US and Canada)
  2. Wee Woollies: We have worn and loved Wee Woollies for years now. In fact, some of them have now gone through three kids and are going strong. We literally wear them year-round here for base layers and pajamas. I will be so sad when our oldest grows out of their sizes (which is happening fast!)
    • One person will win a base layer set (top and bottom) and beanie (Open to US and Canada)
  3. Oaki: Oaki (formally Oakiwear) is a great place to look for budget-friendly outerwear for kids. Their trail suits are awesome and their boots have been great for us too. This season they have three winter/snow boots. We are in the process of testing them out, but so far, so good! And you really can’t beat the price.
    • We will have (3) winners who will score some winner boots (Sorry, open to US only)
      • Rain/Snow Neoprene boots
      • Winter Toggle Boot
      • Winter Boot Velcro

 

Please enter to win using the widgets below.

As usual, the winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the widget once it’s closed. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!

Ella’s Wool TUBES

Wee Woollies

Oaki Boots

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12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 11 *Win from Deuter, Pic's & TrailFoody*

12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 11 *Win from Deuter, Pic’s & TrailFoody*

Welcome to Day 10 of our annual 12 Days of Gear Giveaways! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into what is coming over the […]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 10 *Win from Mountain Khakis, Vionic & Chaos*

12 Days of Gear Giveaways: Day 10 *Win from Mountain Khakis, Vionic & Chaos*

Welcome to Day 10 of our annual 12 Days of Gear Giveaways! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into what is coming over the […]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 10: Win from Bumbleride, Onya Baby & Biddle & Bop

12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 9: Win from Bumbleride, Onya Baby & Biddle & Bop

Welcome to Day 9 of our annual 12 Days of Gear Giveaways! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into what is coming over the […]