Congratulations to Kati Austgen for winning a kid carrier, thanks to our Hike it Baby Title Sponsor, Deuter. Kati 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 September’s challenge, 1,027 families achieved a grand total of 20,359 miles and 1,263,771 minutes outside. That’s amazing!

This is what Kati had to say about September’s HiB30 Challenge:

YOU WON A KID CARRIER FROM OUR TITLE PARTNER AT DEUTER. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE IT?

I’ll use a kid carrier when it’s just me and the kiddos. It will be nice to be able to carry all of our supplies and my youngest.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE HIB30 CHALLENGE THIS SEPTEMBER?

I have two favorite memories: (1) “hiking” around a field of sunflowers, because who doesn’t love sunflowers?!?! and (2) hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail for Family Day on the AT with several HiB families and a “bonus mama” – her adult daughter is studying abroad and when she saw our hike description, she knew we’d be her speed. 🙂

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

We went on a camp trip with some other HiB families during the Challenge and we can never do anything quickly in camp. The group scheduled a morning hike and we knew we were too far behind to meet them at the start. Luckily, it was a loop with a couple of trail heads and, with advice of the hike host and park rangers, we were able to park at an alternate trail head and hike to catch up with the group at the first summit! My husband was a team player and hiked the last mile to the car, then picked us up from the group’s end point. LOL.

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?

I approach the Challenge as an opportunity to be more mindful about our adventures outside. With work and school, we’ve never cracked 30 miles, but 30 minutes 3 times per week is pretty achievable. I think this was the first Challenge that we’ve had no zero days and that happened organically!

Photo credit: Kati Austgen

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