Are you there blog? It’s me, regular guy.

So, I’m in the process of launching a new consulting business which has left very little time for anything else.  It’s exciting and fun, but it’s also been kind of exhausting.  As a result, exercise and outside time has flatlined.  I’m hoping to change that in the next few days.  I’m also hoping to resume posting here, and finish off the posts I have planned on hiking with kids.

Also, some exciting news: my 11 year old daughter proposed that we do an overnight backpacking trip.  I hadn’t even breathed a word of my plan to her, so it’s a nice little bit of coincidence.  She then informed me that she wanted to invite two friends and their dads, which I thought would jeopardize the trip – they wouldn’t be able to go, and she’d lose her enthusiasm.  My fears were unfounded: dads and friends are in!  Should be an awesome time!

In other news, we’re neck deep in the blah, dreary grey of winter in the Mid-Atlantic.  Lots of rain, no snow.  Someone told me that it’s supposed to be 73 degrees on Thursday, which is ridiculous.   Thankfully, there’s probably only a few weeks left until spring.

More to come!


0-4 years old: hiking with babies.

So, now you have your fancy new child carrier, and you’re ready to hit the trail. (If you don’t yet have a carrier, ask around – maybe a friend will let you borrow theirs).

Then you realize that taking your baby hiking is pretty daunting.  But as I mentioned in this post, it’s really pretty easy.  Well, I guess “easy” is relative – you still have to take care of this tiny, helpless human, except now without the conveniences and comforts of home.  And you could be mauled by wild animals, or get struck by lightning, or die of something old-timey like cholera.  But don’t worry, that stuff only rarely happens.

In all seriousness, my experience is that babies and toddlers are pretty good hiking companions, and a hike can be some quality family time.  Let’s get onto the #HIKERHACKS. Continue reading “0-4 years old: hiking with babies.”

Weekend Braindump.

The Radavist has been putting up some great content lately.  These two articles  are some of the finest outdoor writing I’ve seen in awhile.

He was late for Mass.  Most likely a fake, but still entertaining.

A recent music discovery.

Question: what famous person from history would you love to have a business mentor?  Of course, business titans would be welcome, but I’m particularly interested in non-business persons.  Ernest Shackleton comes immediately to mind.

Happy Friday!



Baby on back: buying a child carrier.

One day, you too will make Sir Mix-A-Lot references when talking about baby gear.  Embrace the lameness.

Having kids brings certain limitations into your life, especially when they’re very little.  Just leaving the house becomes a challenge, requiring enough stuff that it might look like you’re heading off into the wilderness, when really you’re making a trip to the store.  Your range rapidly shrinks.  And then you wake up one day and realize that you’re sick of visiting playgrounds, malls, and basically all those other places where young parents congregate to escape the confines of their homes.  Those places have their positives, but variety is good, too.  Hiking is an awesome way to do something for yourself, and also get some great exercise. Your baby and your spouse just might enjoy it, too.

Continue reading “Baby on back: buying a child carrier.”

“I wanna go hoooooome…..” Hiking with kids.

Since I’m planning an overnight backpacking trip with my 11 year old daughter, I thought maybe I should write a series of posts about hiking with kids.  Google turns up quite a bit of helpful, common sense information* like how not to let your kids get lost or eaten by bears.**  You should probably read something like this if you’re totally new to hiking, parenting, or both.

I’d like to write about what has worked for me***, spelling the difference between a fun family outing and a soul-crushing slog.**** Continue reading ““I wanna go hoooooome…..” Hiking with kids.”

I hate January.*

School delays and cancellations, illnesses, holidays and random days off – I don’t think we’ve had a “normal” week all month.  I’m easily distracted and prefer to work in short, intense bursts of high-productivity.  I am not a believer in multi-tasking.  Having my kids at home on an unplanned basis is killing me.  I’d estimate I’m losing approximately 2 days per week** due to the weather, the plague, and random days off.

Case in point, today I have three kids at home: one with the stomach flu, two with pink eye.  Awesome.  Hang on, I gotta go make some toast.  Continue reading “I hate January.*”

Success! And some thoughts on balance.

I’ve been focused on some personal stuff lately, and so haven’t had much time to get outside.  Some of the personal stuff is positive – starting a business – while some of the other stuff, not so much.

But first, I promised in my last post that I would keep you updated on my latest bike repair fiasco.  I’m happy to report that I fixed my derailleur issue and now have full-range of shifting.  As it turns out, the cable anchor wasn’t catching in the little pull/catch thing inside the shifter.  I couldn’t really tell due to poor lighting in my garage, but it was obvious once I looked at it in the daylight.  I am a little embarrassed because I actually threaded the cable into the shifter twice, meaning that I missed it both times.  The third time really is the charm, I guess.   Continue reading “Success! And some thoughts on balance.”