Tips for Happy Parents Hiking with Toddlers No Comments

The Difference 1 Year Makes Hello!  I am beyond excited to join the GAM team as an ambassador.  As a working mom, it can feel challenging to connect with other moms and get practical tips for getting outdoors across work, naps and meal times.  My daughter is turning 2 this week and during our hike this past weekend, I was reflecting on how different she is Read more

10 Tips for Women Hiking the Inca Trail No Comments

  Train Three months of training is recommended. Any cardiovascular endurance training will be helpful, but spinning and steep hikes specifically will help you strengthen your quads and the support muscles surrounding your knees.  As for strength training, stairs are critical (as most of the trail is giant steps).  A stair stepper at the gym is great, just make sure to add some weighted lunges as well Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots 1 Comment

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots Did you know, every day, the average adult takes between 4,000 and 6,000 steps? Hikers take more steps than that! With the first days of Fall underway, we are starting to feel a crispness in the air. The leaves are changing and it is a great time to get outdoors and explore nature. A good pair of hiking boots helps you Read more

Tips for Hiking the Wilderness No Comments

Tips for Hiking the Wilderness Now that you have your mind set on hiking the wilderness to earn one of the pins (or all of the pins), you’ll want to make sure you follow these tips. We invite you to join us in the 365 Mile Challenge to get one outdoor mile a day! Safety is always first. No matter who you are or where you’re going, safety Read more

Earn a Wilderness Pin from the USDA No Comments

Earn a Unique Wilderness Pin from the USDA Looking for a fun way to get our kids outdoors (that doesn't involve Pokemon Go)? We've found a a fun way for kids to get rewarded for enjoying our trails. Utah is a great place for exploring. There are so many great trails that are family friendly hikes. There aren’t many things that kids can do for free anymore that Read more

5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Yellowstone No Comments

From the geysers, hot springs, and pools to the lakes, forests, and wildlife, Yellowstone National Park has something to excite every visitor! As a kid, I dreamed of visiting Yellowstone and have fond memories of the experiences I had there with my family.  I used up rolls and rolls of film taking pictures of the buffalo, bears, and elk that posed for us along the side Read more

Is Barefoot Running for Me? No Comments

If you're like me, running is an active way to keep in touch with yourself, the outdoors and others. Recently, my husband and I trained in barefoot running shoes for Ragnar's Wasatch Back and we were surprised by our experience. Why Barefoot Running?   The New York Times calls it "running in your birthday shoes." In the book "Born to Run" Christopher McDougall's description of Mexico's Tarahumara Indians who run barefoot made me want Read more

Managing Fatigue and Stress No Comments

"Mom! I really don't like it when you're grumpy!" yelled my little six year-old twin while trying to get ready for bed. Managing fatigue and stress can be quite difficult. I had been impatient with them as I got teeth brushed, PJs on, and our book read (Wonder). It had been freezing cold and drearily rained for a week. We spent our time indoors reading, doing homework, Read more