Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
A huge thank you to the folks at Kowallie for providing Taiga Trekkers and the Anchorage Outdoor Family Network with a brandnew Kowalli Baby Carrier Cover for parents to try out at a hike or Skedaddle! They also make fantastic hats and booties for keeping you little one warm. If you'd like to give it a whirl email me and I'll make sure I have it with me. One of the many things we love about this product is that it is made right here in the USA!
Check them out and send a little business their way - http://kowalli.com/
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Skhoop Original skirt offers a long length for coverage and warmth.
Life will never be the same!
Fit: Feels true to size
Waist: Feels true to size
Length: Feels true to length
Pros: Easy Care, Washes Well
Best Uses: After run or ski, Walking the dog, Wear to School, Wear To Work, Skiing, all winter, Over work clothes outside, Playing outside w kids, Walking across campus, After Yoga
Describe Yourself: Trendy/Stylish Dresser
Was this a gift?: Yes
I've had one for a couple of years now and still think of all the times in my life before that I could have really used one! Bus duty at the school I work at, walking across freezing campuses, hikes with the dogs... They really do make life in cold climates more comfortable! So easy to throw over work clothes! The size zippers make it easily adjustable for the cold and range of motion.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Bring a non-perishable/canned food to the November 17th hike (RSVP Here) and be entered to win a fabulous Outdoor Prize!
A huge thanks to Sondra, who has volunteered to collect & transport the food to the food bank!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Choosing the right boot to keep your kiddos feet warm and toasty on hikes or while playing in the winter has been a hot topic lately. It can be maddening to find the right boot in the right size. We have two major requirements we look for in boots, well actually three.
- Buy Used & Local - Like most winter gear, boots can be expensive and will only last a single season, if that. We buy our boots second hand. Even if you have more then one kid they will surely last. Since this is an important piece of gear we also want to make sure that they've been tried on. If you don't feel comfortable buying boots used, try buying them locally. We've attempted ordering online for footwear in the past, only to have to make more then one return to get the right fit. We live in the ultimate winter wonderland. Stores here, especially locally owned ones ought to carry the tried and true gear that has proven to work for families before.
- Light Weight - Brand doesn't matter to us, what does is the weight of the boot. While it seems a heavy boot would provide more insulation this isn't entirely the case. Heavy boots are tiring to wear. They drag the feet down and make life very frustrating, especially for the early walker who's already wearing a lot of restricting gear. Light weight boots can be deceiving. Looking at my own Mukluks made of moose hide, canvas and wool I would never have suspected them to keep my feet warmer then a pair of bulky Sorels, but they do and down to temperatures well below what most other boots are rated to.
- Extra Room - A boot that is too tight will restrict circulation and increase the chances for frostbite. Buying a boot a little larger accommodates many needs: allows for growth over our long winter season, allows for some air which actually helps insulate, provides room for extra socks and foot warmers.