Congratulations to Sarah and Miles from Hike it Baby Anchorage! They participated in the HiB30 March Challenge and won a Banger Beanie from Discrete – perfect for those Alaska winters!
Tell us about your favorite hike in the world
My favorite hike is back in my home state of Maine. Mt. Blue is a mountain not far from my childhood home that I have hiked dozens of times. I have happy memories of hiking there as a child with my whole family and have been back again and again as an adult.
What is the best advice for a new hiking family?
Just get out there. Start short and close to home if possible so you don’t feel badly about turning around if you need to. I was nervous about taking my newborn son out at first, and we started with a short hike at ten days old. Each time out after that we went longer and it was easier to get organized, get out and enjoy ourselves more. I think getting back out so quickly after giving birth was good for the whole family.
What are your hiking goals for 2015?
My husband and I plan to continue making Miles a part of our hiking trips. We are lucky enough to live right near a trail head that leads out onto BLM and park lands, so we take a short hike almost every day and at least one longer hike each weekend. We have a goal of getting Miles out for some outdoor activity every single day. It’s ambitious, but since outdoor time is so important to us I’m confident we can do it.
What is a hiking/outdoors accomplishment with baby that you are most proud of?
I’m proud that I was able to get back out and hiking so quickly after giving birth. I had been on bed rest for a month at the end of my pregnancy and then ended up with an emergency c-section, so I was worried that it would be hard to get back out and moving. At ten days I wasn’t moving very fast, but I still got out. For the remainder of my maternity leave I hiked almost every single day (we had some days with temperatures below zero that we skipped). Getting out helped me get back to feeling like myself again, and also helped me get back to my pre-pregnancy weight quickly.
What is the most outrageous thing that has ever happened on a hike!?
I’ve been charged by two brown bears (Grizzlies) while out with my dog. Fortunately I was pregnant then and not carrying a baby or with a walking little one. We all escaped without incident (other than my freaking out). I now carry bear spray with me at all times in bear season.
Why is it important to you to have your kiddo out in nature?
I feel lucky to have grown up in a family that valued time outside and encouraged me to play outdoors, hike, ski, camp and bike. I hope to give my own son the same gift so that he enjoys spending time outside his whole life as well.
What kind of gear do you always suggest people get?
I’m a big fan of wool rather than synthetics.
How has Hike it Baby influenced other aspects of your life?
I loved the opportunity to get out and meet other new parents and get advice on gear and kid stuff in general.
Thanks to our partner Discrete for giving Sarah a Banger Beanie!