Blog Suspended

Hi all,

I apologize it’s taken so long for me to post any updates but I am officially suspending this blog to focus entirely on my other blog, North East Alpine Start, which is focused on guiding trip reports, gear reviews, and climbing/skiing info in the northeast. For now I’ll keep this blog active for reference until I can properly archive it.

I hope sharing some of Alex & my early adventures will inspire & help other new parents get outside with their children, and appreciate the support my readers and gear sponsors provided in this endeavor!


Alex with his new(ish) baby sister

Happy trails,

Source: Every Trail Connects…

Another great post from AdventurousParents.com. While I won’t have much time this winter to post new content to Adventure With Alex I will reblog great posts like this one from time to time to keep AwA from gathering too much dust!

Adventurous Parents

You can look at it as comical, a “learning experience”, or just downright frustrating. No matter who you look at it, it seems we’ve reached one of the toughest stages as an outdoor family: getting out in winter conditions with a 22-month-old. If Maya’s favourite phrases these days are any indication (I do it. I walk. I don’t want to. No.), we’ve gotten about as far as the curb in front of our house and the “adventure” is already over.

Somehow skating on the Bow River turned into pulling dad on the sled. Photo Meghan J. Ward. Somehow skating on the Bow River turned into pulling dad on the sled. Photo Meghan J. Ward.

I reached out to other outdoorsy parents for advice, but nothing particularly helped the situation. Duct tape won’t solve the mitten issue because she doesn’t want them on in the first place. She won’t sleep outside. And it’s not even a matter of ‘building character’ at this point. This kid just doesn’t want to be constrained in a Chariot…

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Some solid advice from Erica Lineberry at CragMama

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Kids.

Alex and I have made two trips to the Believe in Books Literacy Foundations trail network over the last month. It is an excellent area to explore if you only have an hour or two, just 10 minutes north of North Conway Village.

100 Acre Wood Trail System

100 Acre Wood Trail System

On our first excursion with our friends Kaelan & Heather we wandered around without referring to the map and basically took “Polar Path” to “Railroad Alley” and “Winnie’s Wandering”, right down to a beautiful little swimming hole on the East Branch River. The highlight for the boys was seeing a train from the Conway Scenic Railroad cross the trestle.

Don't forget to grab a map!

Don’t forget to grab a map!

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

This is where the "North Pole" is for the famed Polar Express!

This is where the “North Pole” is for the famed Polar Express!

A small reservoir

A small reservoir

Skipping rocks and exploring

Skipping rocks and exploring

Well signed trails

Well signed trails

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

On our way out another hiker told us of the “Storybook Trail”, and while we were out of time for this day I brought Alex back a week later so we could check it out. This short half mile trail has stations every 100 feet or so with the next page of a story. It makes for a fun interactive hike!

This week's book "Dragons Love Tacos"

This week’s book “Dragons Love Tacos”

This place is another great family destination in Mount Washington Valley. You should check it out!

From their website:

Hours: Generally 9am-4pm • Trail passes are $3 per car load for the day, An annual pass is $50 and can be purchased at the Foundation office. (The 100 Acre Wood Trail System is open when the entrance gate is open)
1/2 Mile Storybook Trail:
“Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Perfect Fall Conditions!
COMMENTS: Walk, bike or run. Dogs are Welcome on a leash but please clean up after them!

Great cool weather camping tips from ExpectAdventure!

Expect Adventure

cold weather camping tipsFall is here! While those balmy summer nights may be behind us, there’s no reason to let a little fall chill keep you from camping with kids. Here are 6 tips for cozy sleeping while the temperature dips.

First things first: cold air is the enemy. The more air you have to heat, the harder it will be to warm up. This will make sense soon, I promise.

1. Ditch the party tent. Those giant tents are great for dance parties, but if warmth is what you’re after, the smaller, the better. A backpacking tent has just enough room for you to sleep in, sit up, and change clothes with a few contortions. It’s not the Ritz, but once zipped up, the air inside will warm up (and stay warm) in no time.
2. Learn to love that mummy bag. For optimal warmth, your sleeping bag should be just a…

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Great blog post from adventurous parents.com! I love the retractable water-bottle!

Adventurous Parents

Bonbon Break

It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that we had a baby we could snuggle into a soft carrier to take hiking, and who would fall asleep for long portions of the journey. But things have changed rather quickly, and we now have a toddler bubbling over with personality and propelling herself with her own two feet.

Though the newness of doing outdoor activities with a baby can be overwhelming, once that little person sleeps less and walks more, you’ve got a whole new set of wonderful (and totally manageable) challenges to contend with. Of course, this depends on your toddler. Some can sit longer than others. Some sleep anywhere. Mine is a restless little ball of energy who doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Either way, all toddlers are inherently busy and explorative, so if you have two-foot-high trail buddy in tow, these tips should come in handy.

Prepping for a hike into the backcountry in Banff National Park. Photo Meghan J. Ward collection. Prepping for a hike into the…

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