Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold (@raisingrippers) is a freelance journalist and editor who writes Raising Rippers for Outside online. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, two young daughters, and puppy Pete.

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Summer Camps for Grownups

You've styled your child with an enviable lineup of outdoor camps and slotted in some action-packed adventure festivals for the whole family—but what about you?

On the Road with the Great March for Climate Action

Last week I took my five-year-old daughter on her first activist march. It was day one of summer vacation in Santa Fe, and the whole season stretched languorously in front of us. What better way to...

Going Wild in the New Costa Rica, Part 1

Say the words "Nicaragua" and "family vacation" in the same breath, and you may get odd looks. There's just something about the combination that sounds a little off. But for writer Katie Arnold and...

Catching Up with the Welsch Sisters

In the 18 months since I first covered Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch, the freakishly speedy young distance sisters from Alvin, Texas, plenty has changed: Kaytlynn, now 13, started running marathons,...

Best Backpacking Camps for Teens Out West

Although there are plenty of excellent wilderness camps for kids, it can be tricky to find legit backcountry programs that last fewer than two weeks and trickier still to find camps that don't put a...

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The Extreme Sport of Solo Parenting

I have been on a rigorous mission that demands both mental and physical stamina, getting up before first light, and carrying heavy loads. I've been at home, taking care of the kids.

10 Ways to Beat the Dog-Days-of-Winter Blues

Does anyone else have weather whiplash? Too much snow in the wrong places, too little snow where it's needed—and wanted most. The most stalwart of seasons has gone haywire on us, but spring break is...

Olympic Inspiration for Young Athletes

Every night for two weeks, I'm glued to the Olympics. And when I'm not, all I want is to be outside, running faster and pushing myself to the edge of what's possible. I'm older than the oldest...


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