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Enter to Win a Onya Baby Nexstep Carrier

#AdventureWithThemOnya #WearThemOnya

We love our Onya Baby Nexstep Carrier and everyone we’ve talked to with an Onya carrier has loved theirs too! The carrier has helped make adventuring with young kids easier. To help another family get out on more adventures we are giving away one of these awesome carriers. Entries end on February 15th 2018 so don’t miss out.

Enter to win an Onya Baby Nexstep carrier by Off-Road Discovery

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Outdoor Winter Adventures with a Toddler

Onya Baby Nexstep Child Carrier Review #AventureWithTheOnya #WearThemOnya

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry

Winter adventures with kids and how to make it happen

Winter can be a challenging season for anyone. Add small kids to the mix and getting out can seem daunting if not impossible at times. Just like many aspects of life with kids making a routine can make it easier to get outside in the cold and snow. I’ll be honest, we aren’t hard core into routines but implementing a few outdoor focused routines has made getting outside easier on the parents (therefore easier on the kids).

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Downhill Skiing with Kids under 5

How to Have the Most Fun Possible Skiing With Kids under 5

Our favorite winter activity is skiing. Before we had kids we would be back-country touring every weekend or the spending the day at one of the many ski resorts around us. We are fortunate and enjoyed having many friends with the same passion for skiing as us so we were in total skiing bliss for years. Then our world changed and we were the first of our ski friends to have a kid. We were crazy excited to become parents but after our daughter was born we wondered how we were going to include the newest member of our family in our winter passion. Winter = skiing so we wanted to figure out how to make baby + winter = skiing (with everyone having fun).

Start them young…

Start Them Young: Off-Road Discovery Tips on Skiing with Kids

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Why Sign Up for a Women's Ski Clinic

Badass Women Instructing Women to be Badass Skiers

I started downhill skiing in my early twenties, fast forward 10+ years and I now consider myself a confident skier that LOVES the sport. Starting a new activity as an adult can be intimidating, especially if you are trying to start a sport that your spouse or friends are already proficient in. I truly believe if you have the interest and take some time that you’ll end with a positive outcome. ‘Never stop learning’ doesn’t only apply to what is written in books but also what we can do with our bodies.

I have participated in a few different women’s only ski camps and this is what I learned…

Women Ski Hard

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6 Tips For Families Looking To Start Skiing or Snowboarding

Things to Know Before Hitting the Slopes

We love to ski! It is safe to say it is our favorite activity and we have loved introducing our kids (now 2 and 4) to life at a ski hill. We want to pass along our top 6 tips to help introduce skiing or snowboarding to families.

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Ski Kids

Tips for families with young kids looking to enjoy wintersports

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2017 Favorite Outdoor Gear for Overland Adventures

Top 10 favorite items we take on all of our off-road adventures

We don’t shop often but when we do we enjoy researching, reading reviews and buying quality. We are not sponsored by any of the items listed, they are all things we truly love, use and recommend. If you are looking for gifts for hard-to-buy-for outdoors people, these are great ideas to check out.

Geared up and ready for adventure

Gear we love for adventures in our Land Rover

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Teaching Kids to Swim in Lakes

Tips on teaching your kids to swim while having fun outside

So you keep to going to lakes with your kids but they don’t know how to swim. How do you get them started? Here’s a step by step guide on how to introduce young children to swimming in lakes. Both of us were swim instructors, we believe swimming is an important skill for everyone and a fun way to spend time out doors.

These Kids Love Mountain Lakes and Only Know Cold Water

Banff National Park

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inReach and Spot Satellite Communicators Comparison and Review

Do you have a Plan B for in the Backcountry?

How many drives have you done where you have been out of cell service? What would you do if you had a catastrophic engine failure or medical emergency? This is a question we have thought about more than once. If you’re in or near to a city with a busy road, it’s less of an issue - there are lots of people you can flag down to ask for help. But what if you are truly on your own?

Many of the highways we frequent have large stretches without cell service. Almost all backcountry roads we travel have no cell service and few people. Then of course there is climbing, mountain biking, hiking and backcountry skiing endeavors again with spotty or no service and even harder to reach areas if in need of help. Combining these ideas with the fact we own a Land Rover Discovery, which has us keenly aware of possible debilitating mechanical failures, we thought it wise to invest in a GPS based personal communication device. Note: This is a non-sponsored review - we are sharing our opinions base on using them as a paying customer.

Updated September 28, 2017 with review of Google’s Trusted Contacts a free and easy way for everyone to have a Plan B communication device while out of cell range.

We discuss SPOT, inReach and Google’s Trusted Contacts

SPOT vs inReach comparison and review

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Camp and RV for Free in Alberta and British Columbia

The not-so-secret secrets of camping for free in Western Canada

Free Camping? Yes please!

Well, that seems to be the consensus when reading forums and talking with people. FREE is an appealing word. Other than the no cost aspect, free camping seems to have a mysterious air to it. These places are not closely guarded secrets but they do require a little research to find. Here is how to easily find these areas, why these areas are free and what to expect when you get there.

Free Camping is for the Adventurous that are Happy with Rustic

Camp for free in Canada

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So You Want To Get Out More and Try Camping

It's Not As Intimidating As It Seems

I grew up camping, my first steps were at a campground and many of my fondest childhood memories were of camping. Growing up camping I’ve taken much of what I know for granted. Introducing close friends with zero camping experience has taught me that camping can seem daunting to try. There are a lot of ‘unknowns’ from what equipment you really need to campsite etiquette to over coming ‘will a bear eat us all’…

I love to introduce people to camping and watch them continue to adventure into nature on their own. Camping is an amazing way to experience the outdoors, travel and spend time with friends and family. If you are looking to camp for your first time or new to camping then this is the place for you.

Views from Tents are Often Amazing

Beginners guide to camping

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