We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge – the first one of 2018!  We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Silver Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for January’s Hike it Baby 30 Challenge (HiB 30). The winning participants were entered into the prize drawings simply by signing up to achieve 30 miles in 30 days OR spend 30 minutes outside 3 times per week with their families.

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, 707 families achieved a grand total of 9,500 miles and 440,000 minutes outside. That’s amazing!

THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSOR FOR HELPING MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!

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

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS JANUARY?

BOB Winner: Getting in the habit of being outside with my kids most days!

Megan Blankenstein: Taking the sled with us on our hike. The snow was unexpected and we made the best of it!

Lindsay DeBoard: This challenge really pushed me to get outside. My favorite memory from the challenge was hiking Hurricane Ridge with my 1-year-old son, Cedar, and my dad. We are almost solo and it was so nice to have him with us.

Jessica Human: This challenge really motivated me to get outside even though it was soooo cold. On one of the hikes we headed out on, it was way colder than usual and no one else showed. I felt crazy for even attempting to go on a hike, BUT it ended up being one of the most beautiful hikes I had been on with the snow and ice! Having the trails to ourselves made it a bit magical.

Courtney D’Avella: We had a few chances to break in my son’s new OAKI rain suit and go puddle jumping! We may have otherwise not made it outside in the rain if it weren’t for the challenge motivating us.

Barbara Myers: Hiking Lost Maples with my family and friends. We took a lunch break near a pond and did some fishing!

Jennifer Stutzman: Climbing rocks with our toddler while out at the park.

DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

BOB Winner: Braving the chilly weather! Investing in warm clothing and backups, too. Packing hot drinks!

Megan Blankenstein: Our son has discovered he enjoys hiking on his own two feet now. It’s great to see him explore but stopping at every branch and rock (in the cold) isn’t as pleasant sometimes. It’s our first time where we went for minutes outside instead of miles. Giving that “30 miles” up was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Lindsay DeBoard: We were sick for the majority of the challenge. The plus side was that Cedar had croup and the cold, fresh air helped so we kept getting out there.

Barbara Myers: Dealing with my toddlers throwing fits and not wanting to walk or be carried. Snacks help bribe them to keep moving. LOL.

Jessica Human: SAD hit me hard this winter … harder than normal for some reason. Being stuck at home for various illnesses made it so much worse. But I knew I’d feel better if I just got outside, so I made sure to make it a priority. Once the temps hit above freezing and we finally had a day where no one was sick, I got us all outside and it made such a big difference.

Jennifer Stutzman: Yes, the flu. Short adventures but we still got outside.

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?

BOB Winner: Just do it! Outside is the best place to be!

Megan Blankenstein: Try it. Really, really try it! It’s amazing once you see the difference in your children and family. Nature and fresh air is MAGIC!

Lindsay DeBoard: You’ll feel so incredible once you’ve achieved it, and the memories will last forever. Setting that goal for yourself and your little(s) is a game changer.

Jessica Human: It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Some of our favorites “adventures” are in our own yard or neighborhood. Make it a priority!

Courtney D’Avella: It’s worth a shot! It’s very important not to feel guilty when you fall short, but sometimes the extra nudge to get outside is very helpful!

Barbara Myers: Pack snacks and your patience. Remember, you’re not alone in the journey!

Jennifer Stutzman: Small steps add up to big numbers; be consistent and persistent.


Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this January! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes, like the ones from our Prize Donors: BOB, Adventure Day Book, Bill Harley, Little Red Canoe Books, Baby K’Tan, Adventure Medical Kits and Hevea Planet. The next HiB30 Challenge begins on April 1, so mark your calendars!

PHOTO CREDITS: Kendra Reeder

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