Preparing kids for mountain biking adventures

When it comes to mountain biking, kids and younger riders are often left behind. For many, the sport is viewed as dangerous and not fit for kids. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Mountain biking is a great sport for kids of all ages. While they may be limited to safer trails in the beginning, kids can enjoy the perks of off-road biking all the same. Mountain biking offers a … [Read more...]

PCT section hiking with teens

We've been wanting to backpack on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) long before it was cool. This summer, my 16-year-old and I finally set out, tackling almost 70 miles of the PCT in Central Oregon. We built up to this trip with years of family backpacking, including several 3-4 night trips, starting when my son was just a toddler. How did we fare? We had one of our best backpacking trips … [Read more...]

GetOutfitted camping gear review

Remember our #1 ski tip from last winter? We described how to use GetOutfitted to outfit yourself, or supplement your outfit, for winter sports. We used GetOutfitted to 'rent' a pair of ski pants for my husband, who didn't want to invest in a new pair mid-way through the ski season. Now, GetOutfitted is also renting camping gear. I am in love with this idea. Even though we personally own … [Read more...]

Weekend Guide to the CA Redwoods

We’re a family who loves spending our vacation days in the wilderness, and few places are as wild and beautiful as the Northern California and Southern Oregon Redwoods. However, we prefer hiking into isolated backcountry sites to campgrounds, and while the Redwoods feature some of the most stunning scenery I’ve seen, the trails are short in length, without ample backpacking options. Because … [Read more...]

How to plan a multi-night PCT hike with kids

If you backpack with kids, your family will eventually become interested in tackling an iconic backpacking route such as the Pacific Crest Trail. Unless you have a lot of time and stamina, you probably aren't ready to through-hike the PCT, but a shorter PCT hike with kids is absolutely possible. Planning a PCT backpacking trip is complicated, so we turned to the experts before planning … [Read more...]

Leave No Trace principles every family needs to know

With Earth Day coming up later this month, April is the perfect time to talk about caring for our public lands. My kids have heard the Leave No Trace mantra since early childhood, but it's always good to brush up on best practices for preserving the wilderness we love.   This season, Leave No Trace launches a multi-year, Leave No Trace in Every Park campaign. Subaru/Leave No Trace … [Read more...]

Couples getaway: Oregon cycle tour with LifeCycle Adventures

At Pit Stops for Kids, we’re fans of adventurous travel for kids, so it will come as no surprise that when we want to get away for an adults-only vacation, my husband Charlie and I prefer an active, outdoorsy pursuit of our own. We also love wineries, outside-the-box local lodging, and farm-to-fork dining, indulgences absolutely possible to enjoy with kids, but— if we’re being honest here … [Read more...]

How to make a 5 item outdoor survival kit for $5

We love getting kids into the outdoors! At Pit Stops for Kids, we're fans of backpacking, camping, climbing, mountain biking, get the idea. But as a one-time Search and Rescue volunteer who has spent countless hours teaching school kids how to stay safe in the woods, I want families to be prepared. Kids can occasionally get lost in the wilderness, but by heeding the following … [Read more...]

Travel gear we use: sun protection clothing for kids and adults

Today in Travel Gear We Use, we're talking about best sun protection clothing for kids and adults. If your family plans to visit a warm-weather spring break destination, it's time to make sure you have the right gear to protect everyone from the sun. Our sun protective clothing picks will last you through the whole summer, unless your kids outgrew them first! Sun Day Afternoons clothing and … [Read more...]