Winner Profile - Jen Hanold

Meet Jen and Myles, members of Hike it Baby Ann Arbor!  They competed in the HIB30 March Challenge and won Tiny Antlers Carrier Strap Suck Pads!  Congratulations!

Tell us about your favorite hike in the world!

I loved doing our first family hike last summer in the Adirondack mountains in Indian Lake, NY. My oldest, Austin, was having a great time going on hikes each day with his dad and we were able to find a hike that was doable for the 6 year old to hike on his own and one where we could easily carry Myles, who was only 5 months old at the time.

Favorite Hike it Baby moment so far?

I’ve enjoyed being able to meet other families in the area on our hikes and love all the posts showing everyone getting out in all types of weather across the country. It really helps to motivate me to get out there on a day where I would have stayed in previously.

What is the best advice for a new hiking family?

Don’t feel like you have to tackle the hardest trail. Find what works best for you and build up to longer, more challenging hikes. Remember that you should be enjoying your time outside and not feel like it’s a chore!

What are your hiking goals for 2015?

We just relocated to Texas, so I’m looking forward to exploring our new area and finding some good hikes. There’s not a HIB group local, so once I feel a little more settled, I’m hoping to possibly start a chapter. I’ve had various invites from some of the other Texas HIB groups, so hopefully we’ll be able to join a hike when we’re traveling and visiting new cities.

Got a favorite trail trick?

Snacks for the bigger kids, carrier for a little walker if they become tired.

What is a hiking/outdoors accomplishment with baby that you are most proud of?

Getting outdoors when it was cold or the weather wasn’t optimal. Sometimes we would only be outside for 15-20 minutes, but felt that was a great accomplishment when I would have otherwise stayed inside.

What is the most Outrageous thing that has ever happened on a hike!?

I don’t know if I’d call it outrageous, but I brought my oldest one on a hike and he led a group of the other kids running thru the woods. He wound up getting quite far ahead of the kids and you could just hear them calling “Austin!” over and over. Luckily he was wearing an orange coat and you could see him amongst the trees 🙂

Why is it important to you to have your kiddo out in nature?

I want them to learn to appreciate the outdoors and find ways to experience what nature has to offer. I love how Myles looks up at the trees and watches the birds flying.

What kind of gear do you always suggest people get?

I love my Onya carrier for hiking with a baby. I know people who use them to carry their bigger kids too.

How has Hike it Baby influenced other aspects of your life?

Hike it Baby has shown me how spending even a small amount of time outside with my boys can bring calm to the chaos of everyday life. It reminds me to cherish those moments together and not worry so much when things don’t go as planned.

What did you win? How stoked are you about it? How will you use it!?

 So excited to win Tiny Antler pads. These will be awesome for protecting my Onya straps! Thanks so much 🙂

Winner Profile - Jen Hanold

Thank you so much to our HIB30 Challenge Partner Tiny Antlers for this great prize!!!


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