Best of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017

Twice a year tens of thousands of outdoor industry professionals descend on Salt Lake City for the industry’s largest trade show – Outdoor Retailer. January 10-12, 2017 brought thousands of outdoor industry professionals together to showcase snow sports, apparel, accessories and gear for the outdoor lover.

If you’re looking for the Best of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2017 look no further. These top fifteen gear picks are really cool.

Back country split board at outdoor retailer Demo Day

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National Park Photo Gallery

Happy Anniversary! 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and although the official day is in August, we thought we’d give all our readers a National Park gift early.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary, Mountain Dad went through all his favorite National Park and Monument photos to create a very special Photo Gallery. We love these special outdoor spaces and want to honor them with a new tab on the blog! Our National Park Photo Gallery will be accessible all year long, anytime you need a moment to #FindYourPark.

Here’s a little preview of what you’ll find in the Photo Gallery. When you want to come back and enjoy the view again just click on the tab on the National Park Photo Gallery button on the home screen. Click on any of these photos to see the entire slideshow.

Enjoy some of our favorite National Parks and Monuments and make sure to leave a comment telling us about your favorite National Park! What is it? Why?

Arches

Bryce Canyon 

Canyonlands

Capital Reef

Colorado National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Denali 

Dinosaur National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Kenai Fjords

 Redwoods

Yellowstone

Yosemite

Zion


Happy World Oceans Day!

Today is World Oceans Day, and although I live in a land locked state, I love and appreciate our world ocean. Here’s why:

1. There is nothing as relaxing as sitting on a beach, listening to the waves crash in and feeling connected to the rhythm of the world.

2. Some of my favorite animals live in the ocean including sea turtles, sting rays and coral fish. They’re just amazing.

3. Oceans remind me that the world out there is BIG and I’m just one small part of it.

4. The beach offers lots of playtime opportunities – splashing, surfing, sandcastles, exploring.

5. Oceans are essential to the survival of our planet.

This week I will be celebrating World Oceans Day in the best way possible – by camping at the beach! Check back soon to read all about it.

Mud is Goo

Thanksgiving is for Hiking!

The weather at our house was an amazing 50 degrees or so throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend so we decided to go on a family hike to the waterfall at the base of the Mt. Timpanogos Trail.  Right before we left, kids were already in their car seats, snacks and hiking pack in the trunk, Mountain Dad asked if I had any warm stuff for the tots.  We were all in sweatshirts and the sun was shining so I was sure we’d be fine and was slightly annoyed at having to go back inside to grab hats and gloves.  I was surprised to see the trail looking like this:

Good thing Mountain Dad thought ahead because it was colder than I expected.  I’m always surprised that the mountains cause cold shadows below them.  You’d think I’d have figured that out by now.
While most of the trail was a mix of ice, snow and rock the few places where it was sunny had turned the trail into a muddy mess.  This is Big E jumping in the mud, right before declaring, “This is goo.  Mud is goo!”
After a mile we were back at the car.  Big E walked, jumped, slid and explored the whole way without complaining except for when he fell on his bum on the rocky icy patch pictured above.  Little g complained quite a bit until finally going silent.  No wonder, this is her in the pack slumped into a ball of sleepy baby on my back.
This hike reminded me once again of how grateful I am to live in the mountains surrounded by beauty.  There is a connection between being outdoors and my mental health.  I feel so much happier if I go outside at least a little each day, even if it’s cold or muddy or rainy.  I’m thankful for the beauty of this earth and the joy I can get by enjoying it with my kids.