Basic Navigation Skills for Kids

Boy standing over a map with a compass.

If you’re looking for a new skill to add to your outdoor toolbox or working on being safer and more self-sufficient in the backcountry, using a map and a compass is a great place to start! You can spend hours learning about orienteering (and it’s actually pretty fascinating) but this post is a good place … Read more

How to Store Food in Bear Country

Food Storage Safety in Bear Country

How to Store Food in Bear Country Food storage is super important for your own safety, for the people who visit the area after you, and also for the safety of bears. When I was 17, I was backpacking in Shenandoah National Park with a group of friends.  I woke up in the night to … Read more

How to Keep Hands Warm

How to Keep Hands Warm and How to Keep Feet Warm So often the limiting factor in spending time outside in the winter (for adults and children!) is cold extremities. It just stops being fun when you start getting cold! But we have some tips on how to keep hands and feet warm and products … Read more

Outdoor Healthy Hearts for the Whole Family

Outdoor Healthy Hearts for the Whole Family Family health has always been a weighty priority for parents, and for our generation, particularly so over the last few years. Getting and staying healthy is rightly being pursued as a first line of defense against not just Covid, but many other illnesses and injuries. Physical and mental … Read more

Backcountry Skincare for Families

Backcountry Skincare: Sunburns and Blemishes Are Terrible Souvenirs For years, I considered dry, sunburned, blemish-speckled skin to be an inevitable component of camping and backpacking. Like mosquito bites, these skin issues were an annoying but unavoidable part of the experience.  But what if skin issues don’t have to be part of an outdoor lifestyle? To … Read more

How to Avoid Snakes While Hiking

How to Avoid Snakes While Hiking Although snakes can be scary, there is no reason that they should stop you from getting outdoors. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports, “Each year, an estimated 7,000–8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States, and about 5 of those people die.” (CDC).  While death … Read more