Mar 30, 2022
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I was first introduced to our
guest through another podcast and was intrigued with her approach
to life and adventure as a parent. One of the things on my
dream list is a thru-hike with the kids, maybe not quite the PCT or
AT but something that requires us to live off what we carry on our
backs. Our guest did just that as newbie backpacker and mom
Stephanie is a mom of 3 kids
ages 14, ,10 and 17 months old. Her family values experiences over
things, and you can usually find them outside any free chance they
get. Stephanie’s passion is getting into the mountains through
backpacking and climbing, and she usually has her kids along.
Their family goal is to raise kids who protect the environment,
live sustainably, and value conservation. Stephanie, also known as
thebackpackingmom, it is such a joy to have you with us
- When Stephanie started backpacking it was a
thirst to go into the mountains that she saw around her. It
was messy and hard but it was worth it.
- Her first trip to Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic
Penninsula is one she recommends for backpacking trip, and a place
she goes back to regularly. She started with a mis-matched
tent and non-backpacking gear. The haggard hike was hard, but
despite all of this they still had a magical experience and are
still going over 10 years later.
- There will be twists and turn that you can’t
account for. A natural disaster struck the Nepali coast in
Kauai leaving them stranded on the beach eventually being airlifted
out. While it was definitely scary, having the background
with enough extra supplies to stay safe and the community of others
helped them through.
- Start small with a shake out trip.
Somewhere nearby with no more than a 2-5 mile hike. They
still do these every year to test the gear, and get back in the
habit of hiking. It also makes it easy enough to bail if it’s
not working for your family.
- Even with a love of the outdoors, she still
leverages bribery as a tool to get her kids on trails. The
bribery changes as the kids get older. For her teenager
bringing a friend, extra screen time or staying out later have
worked thus far. She is not beneath even paying them if it comes to
- Hiking with kits are great fun and very light
to pack. When morale is low they use trick like th bear song,
snacks, or fun activities to help them through.
- A couple of go-to meals are oatmeal, PB&J
on tortillas or tuna packets. Carrying enough food to feed a
family of 5 requires them to get creative and stretch meals.
Some of their favorites are Mountain House breakfast skillet and
some taco sauce and tortillas for breakfast burritos or Mountain
House Pad Thai with Ramen for dinner.
- As Stephanie states, “We aren’t going to
inspire a generation of kids who care about the outdoors if they
don’t see it. By fostering a love for these places,
hopefully it inspires them to take action to protect the
places for years to come.” The family memories are a lovely
bi-product of her why.
- Given the high altitude with baby they took
precautions to know their limits in Peru. At the worst part
of the trip her mindset was just 10 more steps. Eventually in
10 step increments they made it to the top.
- The outdoor community has demonstrated they
will cheer on my kids when I can’t. As a hiking mom it’s
helpful to know I don’t have to be everything
You can follow Stephanie on Instagram: @thebackpackingmom