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.

The 6 Best New Zealand Adventures for Families

The many draws of New Zealand are well-known: no creepy-crawlies, no venomous snakes or large predators, no language barrier. The country is safe and sane, and the scenery will blow your mind.

The Best Gifts for Kids (and Parents, Too)

Here's what we're wishing for this season, from well-made classics that will withstand years of abuse and never go out of style to big-ticket splurges for everyone in the family, including your four-...

Making #VanLife Work with a Family

When Jonathan and Ashley Longnecker sold their house two and a half years ago to move into a massive fifth-wheel RV with their four children, they had never been in an RV or camped before. "We'd...

Ode to Chacos: The Best Water Sandal for Families

On a recent cross-country flight, I counted no fewer than five people wearing Chaco sandals. They ranged from sporty, late-middle-age women to hip, urban millennials with thick eyeliner and skinny...

Can My Kids Handle a 50-Mile Bikepacking Trip?

"We're not going to ride up there, are we?" My eight-year-old daughter, Pippa, pointed to a red-dirt road winding menacingly up the side of a mesa. You could see it snaking a long way, from a long...

The 11 Rules of Teaching Kids a Sport

Whether it's skiing or mountain biking or just camping, these guidelines will make sure you and your child get to enjoy a lifetime of adventure together.

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