We present: your guide to being an adventure parent.

The Definitive Guide to Raising Adventurous Kids

How to parent the next generation of kind humans, environmental activists, and rippers

The Skills You'll Need


Make your kids love the trails as much as you do

Extreme athlete Will Gadd on why kids should develop competence over confidence


Nine life-saving tips I learned the hard way


Teach, plan, supervise, and let go


Children are much more likely to enjoy outdoor activities—and stick with them—if they start out at the right moment in their physical and cognitive development.

Teens are breaking trail in the backcountry well before they can drink, vote, or even drive. Avalanche educators are hustling to get to them early.


The best way to raise capable kids is to fuel their love of games—and stop forcing them to compete against each other

Fishing guide and educator Brittney Novalsky says more women will get into fishing if they just develop confidence—and trust their instincts

The Role Models


Dierdre Wolownick gives us an inside look at what it was like to raise the 'Free Solo' climber in 'The Sharp End of Life'

The Editors

Bringing up children, the Outside way


Author Michael Branch's new book is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of how to be a parent in the wild and harsh Nevada desert

Greg Melville

Looking for a metropolis with ample green space, abundant bike shops, and progressive environmental initiatives? Then these outdoor-challenged locales are definitely not for you.


At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free.


When Daniel Duane was a kid, his father taught him how to climb in Yosemite. Two decades later, when his teenage daughter wanted a valley education of her own, he realized that the old beta no longer applied.


When she was in college, Jack Kerouac’s book The Dharma Bums helped the author find her place in wilderness and in life. She hoped it would do the same for her 16-year-old son as they embarked on a mother-son California road trip retracing Kerouac’s adventures.


It ain't easy being the sponsor (a.k.a. old man) of a competitive snowboard artiste (a.k.a. my teenage son). Lend an ear, and a shoulder, and I'll tell you all about it.

For professional angler and family-fishing ambassador Nicole Jacobs Stelmach, catching fish is all about creating memories

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Professional fly-fishing guide, shop owner, and mom of two Hilary Hutcheson on how to get the whole family fishing

The Gear You'll Want


These baby carriers will keep the whole family happy in nature


A road-warrior parent of two small children shares his favorite gear for wee ones on the go

The Places You'll Go

Want to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door.