Families — Parents — Kids

Brooke, adventure parentBecoming a parent can (and oh it will) happen to anyone - that goes for any whitewater lover, big wall climber, backpacker, ultra runner, damn good frisbee tosser, and, well, you. One day you're hang-dogging a 5.10b or admiring those tan lines left by your Chacos on the tops of your feet and the next you're hearing, "We're pregnant."  And you think, "My life is over. Goodbye kayaks, so long Chamonix summer adventure, hello minivan."
 
Maybe it's not over. Maybe you don't need a minivan.  Unless you want one.
 
Check out these parents and families who set the stage and take their kids outside.

Taking My Parents to Burning Man

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The festival-like thing that's known as Burning Man is happening right now through next Monday out in the barren lands of Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Aside from the usual question of what is Burning Man, another question bangs the door pretty hard too. And it's not would you take your kids — that's been done before — but would you take your parents?

Mom Explains How Rock Climbing Helps Her Be a Better Parent

It's one thing to say, "When I'm climbing, I'm a better parent." But when Jacinda Hunter says so, it really commands some attention. Yes, she's a prAna ambassador, which might make you think all she does is climb-climb-climb while living on the good tidings of sponsorships or a trust fund, but not so. She holds down a regular job, has four children and a husband. And climbing? She projects 5.14 routes.....

'Wild Love' Film Explores Balance of Love of Outdoors with Raising a Family

Alpinist Jake Norton is gone from home several times a year to summit the world's tallest peaks for First Ascent, and because the gent has two little kids and a wife, you'd think his story would be different. Something of a more modest life that includes khakis and a polo and a ride in a Prius carpool. That's not necessarily the case for this guy.

Michael Lanza and Family Spent a Year Backpacking Through The National Parks — Here's Why

I have a dream — no, actually a goal — to take my daughter down to Havasu Falls. I haven't been there in 9 years. We'll both strap on our backpacks, hike the 10 miles down Grand Canyon and along its sandy floor to camp, relax and play in the sapphire waters that flow through the canyon, where said waters create dreamlike pools in the rock and form Arizona's most recognizable natural waterfall. Maybe we'll day-trip it from the campground all the way down past Beaver Falls to the Colorado River, 8 miles one way, and back up to camp in a day. Maybe. Maybe we'll swing from a rope swing or two and splash into the chilly pools along the way.

I sometimes ache when, for instance, I see my daughter doing things like spelling words or adopting little mannerisms that she didn't know just weeks or months earlier. My stomach drops and I think My God, look at how fast you're growing up on me. I tally up all the things I need to do before she's gone . . . before I'm gone.

No Other Way But Up: A True Tale of Girl Power

On March 10 of this year, nine-year-old Alexandra Herr of Campton faced down the blowing snow at the summit of Mt. Washington and unfurled a scarf given to her by her dad, Hugh Herr. Thirty years early, Hugh had lost his legs, and a rescuer had lost his life, in a mishap on that same mountain.

The winter Washington summit was just another day in the amazing journey of Alex and her mom, Patricia. A week later, atop Mt. Flume, Alex finished the state Winter 4,000-foot mountain list, becoming the youngest hiker to do so . . .

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