Katie Arnold

Author's Bio

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.

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...

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...

How to Swing a Backcountry Adventure—With Kids

We picked the Continental Divide Hut for our annual backcountry ski trip with kids. This year, we wanted to find a roomy base camp with space for eight, where we could include another family without...

Homemade Hot Chocolate on the Go

Like all Jetboils, the Flash is a genius all-in-one cooking burner and insulated drinking cup. It's compact and simple to use, even for a camping-stove phobe like me.

Steamboat Powder Days for the Whole Family

In theory, a ski getaway seemed like such a good idea. Follow the snow and everyone's happy, right? But the reality of traveling with small children to ski isn't so cut and dry.

Ten Questions for Parker Liautaud

On December 24, 19-year-old Parker Liautaud arrived at the South Pole after skiing 563.3 kilometers in 18 days, four hours and 43 minutes. He set a new world record for the fastest unsupported trek...

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Teaching Kids To Ski

Five is the perfect age to learn to ski. If she's started kindergarten, she'll most likely be more independent than she was a year ago, not to mention stronger and more coordinated. Although it can...

A Sonoran Desert Rx For The Whole Family

We've come to the Sonoran Desert for a much-needed post-holiday reset, a last-minute, long weekend kick-off to a new year of family adventure. Skiing was the obvious choice, but the winter storms...

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