Family Adventures

The Best Family Outdoor Adventures in the U.S. and the World

City of Rocks, Idaho.

10 Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids.

10 Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids

My Top 10 Family Adventures

10 Tips For Getting Your Teenager Outdoors With You

10 Favorite National Park Adventures With Kids

My 10 Rules of Adventure Travel

 

A Survival Guide For the Outdoors Lover Who's a New Parent.

A Survival Guide For the Outdoors Lover Who’s a New Parent.

A Survival Guide For the Outdoors Lover Who’s a New Parent

Why I Endanger My Kids in the Wilderness (Even Though It Scares the Sh!t Out of Me)

To My Kids: Yes, the Worst Can Happen. Be Careful Out There

Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year

10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures With Kids

5 Classic (Age-Appropriate) National Park Adventures for Families

My Top 10 Favorite Backpacking Trips

The 5 Southwest Backpacking Trips You Should Do First

Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef National Park.

Boy Trip, Girl Trip: Why I Take Father-Son and Father-Daughter Adventures

A Matter of Perspective: A Father-Daughter Hike in the Grand Canyon

Walking Familiar Ground: Reliving Old Memories and Making New Ones on the Teton Crest Trail

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc at an 80-Year-Old Snail’s Pace

Big Water, Big Wilderness: Rafting Idaho’s Incomparable Middle Fork Salmon River

The 5 Rules About Kids I Broke While Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Heavy Lifting: Backpacking Sequoia National Park

Why Conservation Matters: Rafting the Green River’s Gates of Lodore

Jewels of the Sawtooths: Backpacking to Alice, Hell Roaring, and Imogene Lakes

No Straight Lines: Backpacking and Hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Back to the Ice Age: Sea Kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay

The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

Pilgrimage Across Zion: Traversing a Land of Otherworldly Scenery

 

 

Trekking the Alta Via 2 in Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Nature Park, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.

Trekking the Alta Via 2 in Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Nature Park, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.

‘The World’s Most Beautiful Trail:’ Trekking the Alta Via 2 Through Italy’s Dolomite Mountains

Roof of the High Sierra: A Father-Son Climb of California’s Mount Whitney

Wild Heart of the Glacier Peak Wilderness: Backpacking the Spider Gap-Buck Creek Pass Loop

The Quicksand Chronicles: Backpacking Paria Canyon

Exploring a Wilderness Hopeful: Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains

Three Generations, One Big Volcano: Pushing Limits on Mount St. Helens

 

Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park.

Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park.

The Ultimate Family Tour of Yellowstone

Playing the Memory Game in Southern Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon

Big Hearts, Big Day: A 17-Mile Hike With Teens in the Presidential Range

Walking Among Giants: A Three-Generation Hut Trek in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park

 

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Still Waters Run Deep: Tackling America’s Best Multi-Day Float Trip on the Green River

The Hardest 20 Miles: A Dayhike Across New Hampshire’s Rugged Wildcat-Carter-Moriah Range

Best of the Canadian Rockies: Backpacking Kootenay National Park’s Rockwall Trail

Great Hike: Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park

 

Boy Trip, Girl Trip: Why I Take Father-Son and Father-Daughter Adventures

Boy Trip, Girl Trip: Why I Take Father-Son and Father-Daughter Adventures

Growing Up On Skis: Two Families, Yurts, and Many Memories

A 12-Year-Old’s First Time Skiing Wild Snow

Key Ingredient to Family Yurt Trip: What’s Missing

Like No Other Place: Paddling the Everglades

Dropping Into the Grand Canyon: A Four-Day Hike From Grandview Point to the South Kaibab Trail

 

 

Red Canyon, New Hance Trail, Grand Canyon.

Red Canyon, New Hance Trail, Grand Canyon.

Plunging Into Solitude: Dayhiking, Slot Canyoneering, and Backpacking in Capitol Reef

The Wildest Shore: Backpacking the Southern Olympic Coast

Stacking the Deck for Adventure: Rafting Oregon’s Wallowa and Grand Ronde Rivers

Chasing the Snow: A Meditation on How ‘Compressed Adventure’ Can Be Your Salvation

 

Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.

Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.

Jagged Peaks, Mountain Lakes, and Wild Goats: A 3-Day Hike on Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

Cross-Country Skiing Yellowstone

Snowstorms, Skinny Skis, Yurts, and a Family Tradition

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Nature In Your Face: Hiking in the Columbia Gorge

In the Land of Dr. Seuss: Exploring Joshua Tree

 

Spray Park, Mount Rainier National Park.

Spray Park, Mount Rainier National Park.

Wildflowers, Waterfalls, and Giant Slugs at Mount Rainier

Learning the Hard Way: Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

Wild Back Yard: Trails of the Boise Foothills

 

 

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