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  • Climber Parents Talk Climbing and Babies and The Lifestyle
    on Mar 28, 2012
    It's so, um, funny to look back as a parent with a 4-year-old (or of any age methinks) and realize how easy those babies are. Well, sure, I'll admit they're slightly more significant than the first climbing trip to Indian Creek for a week of hand jam...
  • Photo of The Day: On a Horseback Ride Near Moab, Utah
    on Mar 23, 2012
    Fact: when you're raising little kids, sometimes you have to miss out on some things. We road tripped the long way to Moab, Utah, stopped at Monument Valley for an afternoon, then set up camp in the orange-purple glow of a Utah sunset in Goosenecks S...
  • Choosing an Adventure Vehicle Part IV: Earthroamer Finally Makes a Family-Sized Expedition Camper
    on Mar 22, 2012
    My new camper is the Earthroamer XV-HD because I went nuts every time we packed for a trip. I'd bark at everybody, "Can we possibly pack any more craparoo?" So Earthroamer really sharpened their pencils and got to work on something that'd fit ev...
  • The Sunday Morning Chillax: 22-Month Old Goes Surfing with Mom
    on Mar 18, 2012
    The always stunning mother/surfer/model Daize Shayne Goodwin takes her little one for a ride on a wave. Captured with a GoPro perspective cam, too. Watch the video . . . Click to Continue >>> (http://www.adventureparents.com/blog/adventure-dads-blog...
  • Remembering Sion Milosky, Big-Wave Surfer, Father, Husband
    on Mar 16, 2012
    In January 2010, Sion Milosky's name appeared in headlines for the first time because he'd just paddled into what many at the time purported to be the biggest wave ever paddled into. A custom metalworker by day, he earned a handsome $25,000 award in...
  • How To Use Rock Climbing Gear to Ignite the Blazes of Romance: Part 1, The Portaledge
    on Mar 16, 2012
    If it's one activity I've dropped since becoming a parent, it's rock climbing. For no conscious reason, either. As our friends moved away or slipped out of the climbing scene around the time we got married, Brooke and I kept climbing. But we only...
  • One Tough Family Tent: The Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Tent Proves Awesome Enough for Bicycle Touring as a Family
    on Mar 15, 2012
    "Home is whenever I’m with you." This song lyric by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros carries a great sentiment for a family traveling together — there doesn’t need to be a permanent structure where a family convenes every day in order to...
  • Gallery: Finding Wildflowers in The Desert
    on Mar 13, 2012
    The thrill of surprise is likely the one thread that connects all forms of outdoor adventure. Watching a skier pull a 540, taking a ride through Crystal Rapid on the Colorado River, on-sight flashing a route you thought for sure would be project of t...
  • Poll: Do You Love or Hate Road Trips?
    on Mar 12, 2012
    While the Turks like to say no road is long with good company, Charles Graeber once wrote in National Geographic Adventure, "A road trip is two people trapped in a metal coffin with no coffee." Poor dude. He has no idea that the rest of us do it wi...
  • Family of Five Goes Around the World in a Trick Land Rover Defender 110
    on Mar 8, 2012
    Hello? Yes, hello there. Eyes down here please. You can't seem to stop staring at that Land Rover, can you? This is the Jelinksi family, Igor and Rachel and their three children Sarah, Charles, and Eléonore, who, in 2009, left their home in France f...
  • Family of Five Goes Around the World in a Trick Land Rover Defender 110
    on Mar 8, 2012
    Hello? Yes, hello there. Eyes down here please. You can't seem to stop staring at that Land Rover, can you? This is the Jelinksi family, Igor and Rachel and their three children Sarah, Charles, and Eléonore, who, in 2009, left their home in France f...
  • Photo of The Day: How Come No One Told Me This Was So Much Fun?
    on Mar 7, 2012
    Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm | Setting: f/16, 1/125 sec, ISO 100 I'd like it to be known that the greatest thing that could make this photo better is if she were be wearing a bikini. But I always say that about my wife. Moving along now . . .
  • Photo of The Day: How Come No One Told Me This Was So Much Fun?
    on Mar 7, 2012
    Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm | Setting: f/16, 1/125 sec, ISO 100 I'd like it to be known that the greatest thing that could make this photo better is if she were be wearing a bikini. But I always say that about my wife. Moving along now . . .
  • Photo Gallery: Hitting a High Point - Trekking Escudilla Mountain Arizona's Third Highest Peak
    on Mar 5, 2012
    The place you see in these photos is long gone now, utterly consumed in Arizona's largest wildfire in June 2012, the Wallow Wildfire. Arizona's third tallest peak, Escudilla Mountain rises to 10,912 feet and was once a pleasant refuge with its dense...
  • Photo Gallery: Hitting a High Point - Trekking Escudilla Mountain Arizona's Third Highest Peak
    on Mar 5, 2012
    The place you see in these photos is long gone now, utterly consumed in Arizona's largest wildfire that ignited on June 14, 2011 and didn't get 100% contained until July 8, 2011. The Wallow Wildfire. Arizona's third tallest peak, Escudilla Mountain r...
  • The Sunday Morning Chillax: Sweet New 5.15a in Southwest Rock Climbing
    on Mar 4, 2012
    Says Jonathan Siegrist: "It was exactly what I was looking for - a route that would demand a new levels of dedication, physical strength, and mental fortitude from me. It was of course frustrating, ego-crushing, and difficult throughout, but i...
  • The Sunday Morning Chillax: Sweet New 5.15a in Southwest Rock Climbing
    on Mar 4, 2012
    Says Jonathan Siegrist: "It was exactly what I was looking for - a route that would demand a new levels of dedication, physical strength, and mental fortitude from me. It was of course frustrating, ego-crushing, and difficult throughout, but i...
  • Mom and Daughters Bag 48 Summits Together
    on Mar 2, 2012
    "Girls are, of course, strong," says Trish Ellis Herr. She's not flinging around the usual lip service, either. Trish is the mother of two girls, and together they've hoofed it to the summit of 48 of the tallest peaks in New Hampshire. The highest...
  • Mom and Daughters Bag 48 Summits Together
    on Mar 2, 2012
    "Girls are, of course, strong," says Trish Ellis Herr. She's not flinging around the usual lip service, either. Trish is the mother of two girls, and together they've hoofed it to the summit of 48 of the tallest peaks in New Hampshire. The highest...
  • Birthright: What's Important Isn't Easy
    on Feb 28, 2012
    Sean Mullens (http://vimeo.com/user1604036) on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com). Okay. Before we get too carried away, it's no secret that just getting out the door with (what seems like an mutinous army of) children, or one cantankerous opinionated toddler...
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