Congratulations to Arya Degenhardton for winning a carrier of her choice, thanks to our Hike it Baby Title Sponsor, Deuter. Arya won this great prize by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with her family.

Hike it Baby hosts the HiB30 Challenge four times per year. Families from all over the globe come together to challenge themselves and encourage each other, forming a supportive and inspiring community. Over the course of January’s challenge, 1,785 families achieved a grand total of 19,238 miles and 819,918 minutes outside. That’s amazing!

This is what Arya had to say about January’s HiB30 Challenge:

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You won a carrier of your choice from our Title Partner at Deuter. How are you going to use it?

Our favorite thing to do on weekends is to hike-explore our local parks and natural areas as a family. We also have big plans for backpacking/camping trips this summer both in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in the Eastern Sierra of California…our daughter will be 15 months old, and our goal is simply to have fun outside with her.

What is your favorite memory from the HiB30 Challenge this January?

Wow, there are so many! I think it’s the little moments–seeing icicles on the trees, surprising a squirrel on a tree trunk, meeting the neighborhood dogs, learning how to navigate the snow with a stroller…but the best part is seeing our daughter so happy after her time outside–it doesn’t get any better than that!

Did you have any challenges to overcome? If so, how did you overcome them?

It’s hard to motivate when it’s cold and grey outside, but having all of the gear all lined up and ready so that all you have to do is make the first step outside helps. Once you’re out there, it’s much easier to keep going.

What is your number one piece of advice you would give to other families unsure about getting outside for 30 minutes 3 times per week OR achieving 30 miles in 30 days?

Don’t make it into a bigger deal than it needs to be. Get your gear for being comfortable all lined up so that it’s ready to go, and if you’ve got 15 minutes, do it. It doesn’t have to be a big time commitment. Or think of it like a recommendation from the doctor–you’ve gotta get your mile in for your kid. Once you’re out there it gets much easier, so, if you make it as easy as possible to take that first step out the door, I think you’ll find the rest of the walk and the walk the next day, easier to do.

Photo Credits: Ashley Scheider

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