Active Families


Set up a tent, turn off your screens, and enjoy some family bonding—without leaving home

You need a dog, a dog needs you. What more do you need to know?

Although the coronavirus has shuttered schools and events across the country, outdoor spaces can be a healthy outlet for families—but it's important to stay informed and cautious

Like many outdoor sports, cycling struggles with gender equality. In Colorado, a handful of youth organizations are trying to change that.

A detailed list of what you need to treat common injuries and ailments

The basketball icon knows that if you want kids to succeed, you need to give them access to bikes and bike lanes

Do I worry about my dogs? Absolutely. Do I let that stop us from bringing them on outdoor adventures? Absolutely not.

Maxine McCormick is already a fly-fishing legend. But how can a 15-year-old make her way through a world dominated by retirees?

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The BMX pioneer and Hollywood stuntman is known for thrilling exploits on and off the bike. Now his greatest feat is passing on a sense of adventure to his daughter.

If you and your co-parent have different ideas of what's risky, here's what you need to know

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It takes a special kind of commitment to summit and ski the world’s tallest mountains. For Hilaree Nelson, that dedication permeates all aspects of her life—including raising her two sons.

I got my wife and daughter to love cycling—with a little help from Italy

This film profiles Ingrid Backstrom, who achieved great success as a professional skier and is now finding happiness raising a family

The successful businesswomen learned all about entrepreneurship at home on the windswept Aleutian Islands. They had to.

Coziness is good, but a little hardship is way more meaningful

Don't conflate fearlessness with bravery

From summer heat to deep snow, here's a practical and affordable list of things you need

One rescue dog's transformation from fearful to family member

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He's one of the most decorated polar explorers on the planet. But the most meaningful adventures are the ones he goes on with his family.

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From remote peak bagging to offshore shark diving, here’s how to explore off the beaten path in Central America’s most adventurous destination

Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal

Motherload takes a closer look at an underexplored niche of alternative living on two wheels

John Olson has been on the water for nine decades—and he's still working

The leaders who have grown it into a nationwide organization talk about where they aim to take it next

No, not all dogs love having a new companion in the house, and yes, it is possible for pets to have panic attacks. Here's how to grow your pack smoothly.

This summer, get your kids off the couch and get swole

Tips from the pros about the importance of communication, being prepared for a breakdown, and taking it slow

Five breeds that fit your lifestyle—and your condo

After a trip to Kilimanjaro with her father, Lilliana Libecki wanted to create a new way to give back

The fine line between holding on and letting go

Kids need more outdoor playtime, and one national nonprofit is helping provide families with just that

Take your children fishing. Then do that over and over again for the rest of your life.

Our editors regale us with their favorite memories of dad outside

There's been limited research on the risks kids face in thin air, which means parents and guides have to make some tough decisions

Some incredible pups have accompanied explorers (or even gone solo into the unknown) over the centuries

Taking a tiny human floating seems intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be

Watch the waves, watch your children, and, above all, keep it fun

The famed ski mountaineer on what she thinks about when she looks down

Who says summer camp is just for kids? We rounded up seven escapes made for grown-ups (and a few for their families), plus seven more to entertain the kids while the adults are at play.

What do you do when your kid thinks winning is everything?

What good is there in letting them loose on the nearest mud puddle? Let me count the ways.

Nine life-saving tips I learned the hard way

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

To raise strong, independent kids, you need to let them make some brave choices

An excerpt from Ben and Penny Hewitt’s new book, 'The Young Adventurer’s Guide to (Almost) Everything,' reveals how your family can add a little buzz to your snacks

The products and approaches that make #packlife possible

For active mamas-to-be, nine months of playing it too safe feels wrong. Good news: you don't have to give up on outdoor adventure.

Posting shots of my kids skiing, camping, and playing outside is good for my brand as an adventure writer. And there's nothing wrong with that.

We don't want to hear about the time your dog did a fourteener. Mera, recently renamed Baru, made the first canine ascent of Nepal's 23,389-foot Baruntse in November 2018.

You can. You should. It will become part of your family lore.

A playlist that both parents and children can enjoy.

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World'

I learned the hard way that lying to your kids backfires

A new study prompted misguided reports suggesting that digital technology is just fine for kids. It isn’t.

Two kids and one adult put the Finnish brand's new winter wear through its paces

This film, ‘Not Out of the Woods,’ has it all: back-door adventures, amazing parenting, and bikes

A recent study claims women sleep better alongside a canine. But we know the truth: dog owners are deluding themselves that they're getting any sleep at all.

Beyond just the breed, this is about the individual

Lower your expectations, be kind to yourself, and always pack hot chocolate

You don't have to spend much—or anything—to improve your dog's health and happiness

From stocking stuffers to giving back, here's what we're getting our kids this season

The freedom to move and play outside inspires creativity and improved brain function

Advice from new parents on getting after it while you're starting a family

Beat the winter blues by turning your lawn into a laboratory

We laughed, we cried, we groaned, and our dogs mostly slept

Camps and wilderness expeditions offer a refuge from prejudice and political battles, giving trans kids the tools they need to face future challenges

As a child, Cody Sheehy made headlines when he vanished into the freezing wilderness of Northeast Oregon, making it out safely after 18 hours of determined slogging. Retracing his steps 32 years later, Sheehy says that getting lost was one of the best life lessons he ever had.

In which we unplug a generation of screen-addicted kids from their devices, give them freedom to roam (unsupervised!), help them make friends with animals, and show them that we, too, love to play outside

We have 22 years until we're in a significant global crisis. Show your kids how to implement these simple planet-friendly household changes now.

Sansho, an eight-year-old Karelian bear dog, was a magnificent serial killer, mentor, and friend

Meet Gideon, the ten-year-old boy who has pet 600 dogs and counting—and is making the internet a better place, one pat at a time

Living your best #packlife is easier than it looks

You don't need amazing trails to have an amazing day with little ones

Experts say intense outdoor activities can help children increase focus and develop a better awareness of their surroundings

Keep your kid comfortable (and give yourself some peace)

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