We just wrapped up another great Hike it Baby 30 Challenge—the fourth and final one of 2017! We’d like to thank our Hike it Baby Challenge Sponsors and Prize Donors for the great prizes they provided for November’s HiB30. 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 November’s challenge, 724 families achieved a grand total of 14,082 miles and 647,893 minutes outside. That’s amazing!
THANK YOU TO OUR CHALLENGE SPONSOR FOR HELPING TO MOTIVATE FAMILIES TO GET OUTSIDE!
This is what our winners had to say about November’s HiB30 Challenge:
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS NOVEMBER?
Asta Striaukaite: Spending a week in New Mexico and hiking with my toddler and husband at Tent Rocks, Bandelier, White Sands, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad caverns. That’s where we got most of our miles for this challenge. 🙂
Beachfront Baby Wrap Winner: Watching my son run down the leafy path in the woods.
One Little Giggle Winner: Hiking in the fog, to Hamilton Cemetery, up in the foothills of East Wenatchee.
Jenny Hummel: Having my toddler “help” with raking the leaves.
Rachel Tufts: Every year we cut down a Christmas tree from the woods. It’s always an adventure trying to find the perfect balsam that hasn’t been nibbled by moose and deer. It’s a great opportunity to leave the trails and just wander. This year was the first time doing it with our 3-year-old and our new 3-month-old.
Marianne Rommerdahl: My favorite memory was taking a long “hike” with my toddler son on the beach after Thanksgiving.
Ashlee Sheridan: We had some pretty fantastic snow days at the beginning of the month. My little guy loved sledding and hiking in the snow.
DID YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yaktrax Pro Winner: We really had to push ourselves to get out in the cold. We bundled up and participated in an outdoor play class that forced us outside at least once a week.
Stephanie Lane: I have arthritis and depression, which is worse in the colder months. Trying to push myself helped!
Elizabeth Knapp: Yes, many! We didn’t make our 30 miles for the first time this month, mostly due to lack of daylight before and after work. But it was great to slowly start getting back to my normal. I was still recovering from a miscarriage in late October, so this challenge was very hard. My loss started while on a hiking trip, and emotionally, it was really hard to get back out there. But I’m glad I did! I guess the trail really does heal, even if slowly.
Christine Greene: Yes! Actually getting out the door and not staying on the couch. Hosting hikes forces me to get out.
Sarah Papp: Having a newborn and making sure he was warm enough, but by doing the challenge, I learned how others are able to accomplish this.
Brook Westheimer: There were definitely some inclement weather days. We geared up in warm/dry clothes and I promised my toddler hot cocoa on the other end!
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?
Jenni Jurijczuk: Just do it! Sometimes the hardest part is just getting out the door. Once you’re there, you’ll have a blast!
Jennifer Sandifer: Just get out there and do it. Once you get started, it’s easy.
Christina Dunsmore: In my book, it doesn’t really matter if you hit either milestone. What I appreciate about the challenges is the constant reminder to get outside when we probably wouldn’t otherwise (because of weather, busy schedules, etc.). HiB 30 Challeneges remind me how important it is to factor in some nature time into your days and weeks. It’s good for the soul.
Lindsay Anderson: Just try it. It may seem overwhelming but you’ll be amazed by the benefits everyone in your family gets!
Sara Jensen Schubert: I know it feels like there are often more reasons to stay home than to get out there, but I think of a quote I heard about running: “nobody ever regrets going on a run.” I feel the same way about hiking. I never get home afterwards and wish I hadn’t gone – it’s always worth it.
Kim: I didn’t think I could accomplish the challenge, and I’m far from succeeding at this time, but the best advice is to join a group and just do it. Put on some long johns under your (and the children’s) hiking pants, put on some gloves (amongst your other fall/winter gear) and find the closest trail and start hiking. You’ll be happy you did when quiet/nap time rolls around. 😉
Thank you to all who joined us for the HiB30 Challenge this November! Join us next time and be entered to win some great prizes, like the ones from our Prize Donors, Brady Rymer, Heroclip, Ella’s Wool, Cheski Sock Company, Baby Banz, Hydroblu, Simply Merino, MyMayu, Stonz, NovaNaturals, Fifty/Fifty, TimeSnap, Keekaroo, BabyloniaUSA, Beachfront, Yaktrax, Smithsonian Folkways, One Little Giggle, WalkaPocket, Eight Free Treats, Sterling Publishing and Baby Björn. The next HiB30 Challenge begins on January 1, so mark your calendars!