Sep 9, 2021
There is no handbook to life, but sometimes it would be nice. Kids add a layer of complexity requiring an extra level of planning and support.
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Martha has been adventuring in the outdoors since she was 12 and spent many weekends backpacking, climbing, and skiing. Never finding herself doing anything short - she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and John Muir Trail, preferred multi-pitch all-day climbs, overnight backcountry ski tours, climbed mountains like Mt Shasta and Mt Kenya, and did a 6-month trip around the world - and then found a partner who also loved all those things. They wanted to have kids, but also to figure out how to keep doing all those things with kids while also both working. When they had their first kid in 2009 they started trying to figure out how to keep adventuring. There weren't many resources online back then and some people suggested maybe their adventures were over. Through the years they have found ways to make adventures happen with their two children, currently 9 and 11. Martha worked in manufacturing since finishing grad school and really loves operations, optimization, and continuous improvement. She put her skills to use to create OutdoorKidHandbook as a resource to help parents simplify the process of getting their families out on adventures frequently. On that site I also collate information and resources - lists of Facebook groups by area and topic, list of bike tours by location, and more - to create a single location for information on different outdoor sports. Martha, I am so excited to dive deeper into your story and the resources you are compiling.
Check out the wiki and share your insights, tips and strategies to help other parents do outdoor activities with kids.