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.

Your Anxious Kid Needs Time Outside

Anxiety, depression, obesity, sociopathy—American kids don't play enough, and many researchers associate this fun deficit with serious health issues. It’s time to wake up.

The Merits of Finding Your Favorite Place

Just as with parenting, when you're in the thick of rafting, it can be difficult to identify small changes in a river you think you know well. It might seem like the same river on the surface, but...

What Adventure Dads Know Best

For many alpine climbers, expeditions are synonymous with suffering. But for climber Mike Libecki, 41, who's put up first ascents from Greenland to Afghanistan, the harder the slog, the more joy it...

The Kids Belong at Your Next Ultra

Historically, Katie Arnold felt a need to compartmentalize motherhood and running; mixing the two could only cause stress and worry for all involved. But when she finally brought her kids along to a...

4 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

Between earthquakes, live turtle births and exhilarating surfing, author Katie Arnold and her family find that great vacations aren't always relaxing.

Nicaragua: The New Costa Rica

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...

Texas Teenagers Race to Win

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,...

Get Rid of Your Kids This Summer

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...

Getting Reacquainted With Running

Katie Arnold has been pretty quiet on the topic of running lately, but not because she hasn't been running. She's been rebuilding.