Archives For Inspiration

Girl with SnailDavid Cox shoots a lot of his best photos with an iPhone, and he might be entirely alright with that.

“It may be sad, or maybe not, but the fact is, it’s what I have on hand at pretty much any moment,” David said when asked about equipment. “I think gear is secondary to vision and passion for expression. Sounds cliché, but oh well, it’s true. Continue Reading…

I’ve already recommended Meghan J. Ward’s site in a recent post, The Adventures in Parenthood Project, but I can’t let that stop me from sharing her amazing collaborative video with Doug Urquhart. Continue Reading…

hiking with daughterLife offers very few free lunches and most things that equate to a “good time” are heavily guarded by the debt of painstaking effort and possibly truck loads of cash. The good news is that once we get a little momentum going and defeat the temptation to sit idle, recreation starts paying big returns fast.  Continue Reading…

The Adventures In Parenthood Project

Only one article in, plus some impressive headline browsing, and I can’t wait to spend more time on this website. The Adventures in Parenthood Project explores the transition of outdoor adventurers to family life. I first stumbled onto an article titled The Kid Question: How an Adventurer Decides to Become a Parent and was stoked by its parallels with the primary goal of the The Recreationalist.

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Hiking the Wellsvilles with Kids

I clench my tongue tightly to keep from shouting commands at my five-year old daughter as her concentration flitters away from the climbing wall like a disrupted butterfly; off into la-la land. For the most part, she was only mildly interested in rock climbing when I first took her to the local indoor gym. After wrestling some very sloppy fitting, but very cute, rock climbing shoes on her feet, we roped up, chalked up, and she went up. This lasted for exactly five seconds.

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I’ve recently noticed that many of the people I see out running look so distressed that I can only assume they are being chased by deranged wild animals. The real truth is that four out of five runners are running too fast for their fitness level and will soon quit; the remaining runner really is being chased by a wild animal. No joke, check it out on YouTube.

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For a nine-to-fiver there isn’t much time other than weekends to hit the trail, especially once summer burns off and leaves us with between zero and none on the post-work daylight scene. So, last winter in an effort to burn hyperactivity off my hundred pound Pyrenees-Lab mix puppy, I turned to the night. With as little as a simple determination to become partially nocturnal, I exponentially increased my recreation time! Admittedly it is harder to get out the door when your brain is screaming that dark is for sleepy-time, but the rewards are huge once backed with a little momentum. Continue Reading…