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.

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...

Father and son canoe dawwwwww

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.