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.

Why Kids Need Foul Weather

This morning we woke to a stiff north wind whipping across Stony Lake, kicking up whitecaps and long foamy streaks in the water, which had taken on a sinister pewter hue overnight. Last week we were...

Make Your Own Fun: 5 Easy Fitness Games for Children

Over the past few days, my daughters and I have held spontaneous crab races, hopped like frogs, built forts using overturned chairs, and balanced along a "tightrope" of boards placed flat on the...

How Ball Sports Can Help Outdoor Kids Get Fit

For the past few weeks, my five-year-old daughter, Pippa, has been taking tennis lessons at the yacht club across the lake. It’s not as hoity-toity as it sounds: There are a couple of courts staffed...

Summer Family Floats: Smith River, Montana

On many western rivers, prime rafting season is spring, when snowmelt from the high country feeds the rapids and a dunk will leave you hypothermic. Then, just when the weather's getting hot enough...

A Family Biking Adventure in the Redwood Forest

Pedaling beneath a canopy of 2,000-year-old giants in Redwoods National Park, you can practically feel the energy radiating from the enormous trunks—a great lesson for the littlest riders that trees...

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A Summer Camp for the Whole Family

Why should kids have all the fun? At Vermont’s Tyler Place Family Camp, adults can paddle, take tennis lessons, and carve out their own slice of summer vacation alongside the children.

10 Tips for Bike Touring With Kids

For the past five years, Charles Scott has taken his kids bike touring from Japan to the backroads of Iceland. Katie Arnold caught up with him before his latest trip across the American West to learn...

48 Hours in Durango

With fire and drought ravaging New Mexico, Katie Arnold and family head up to southern Colorado on a multisport adventure

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The 12-Year-Old Kayaking Champion's Big Plan

GoPro Games champion Sage Donnelly has her eyes set on the World Freestyle Championships—and from pro paddlers twice her age to diabetes, nothing is going to stand in her way.

The Painful Ecstasy of Ultrarunning

Midway through her first 50-mile trail race, Katie Arnold finds out that running may just be the easiest thing in the world—once you get over the competition, pain, and landscape that doesn't seem to...

The Family That Carries Their Life on Their Bikes

After quitting their jobs and selling their house, Coloradoans Erica and Mark Lighthiser packed it up—kids, dog, possessions—and started pedaling north. How far will their journey take them?

A 40-Year-Old Kayaker Gets Back in the Game

When Polly Green set out to work her way back to kayaking's World Championships, she had no idea that she'd end up documenting the rise of the sport's next generation


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