Cascade Mountain Tech News

Essential Camping Gear for Small Kids (and What Can Wait 'til They're Older)
June 23, 2020

Essential Camping Gear for Small Kids (and What Can Wait 'til They're Older)

After spending the last couple years getting outdoors with our son and testing out a bunch of camping gear for kids. We’ve figured out what gear works, what doesn’t, what he prefers and what we can leave at home or ditch all together. Here is our list of must-have camping gear for young children.

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Views From the Top: Mason Lake
October 29, 2019

Views From the Top: Mason Lake

“Let’s go for a hike!” is a declaration my kids usually don’t want to hear. They’ve been drug out on hikes and marched down trails since our twins were 10 weeks old (Washington’s Lake Lillian hike was their first ascent, although they hitched a ride up the mountain snuggled firmly in a baby carrier). You’d think that eight years of hiking expeditions would have taught them the lesson that though these trips initially sound like a lot of work for little legs, they will enjoy themselves thoroughly. They may have hundreds of trail miles under their belt, but pre-hike griping seems to come naturally. Our destination was Mason Lake, a pretty little hike just off the I-90 corridor that switches back and forth up and away from the valley and over the ridge to a little mountain lake that gets just enough sun all summer to make it tolerable for a swim on a hot day after the ascent. The round trip is 6.5 miles in total.

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How to Motivate Kids to Hit the Trail
July 11, 2019

How to Motivate Kids to Hit the Trail

Honestly, if you looked at our Instagram or Facebook, you would probably think that every day over the last six years with our son was one big hiking adventure where we were always having a blast. Nope. Not even close. Want to know how we keep Mason excited about getting out there? Getting your kids motivated to hike is no different than learning to swim or playing the piano. You have to do it, and do it a lot.

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A Mother's Advice for Enjoying the Outdoors with Kids
May 08, 2019

A Mother's Advice for Enjoying the Outdoors with Kids

I want my children to value the awesome memories they will create in the outdoors over the latest toy or electronic device. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but if you are regularly planning camping trips and outdoor adventures, eventually those wish lists will start turning into outdoor adventures and an overflowing storage closet of gear.  My kids have gained so much confidence and pride because of the crazy adventures we regularly take them on. Here are my top tips for keeping your sanity with kids in the outdoors… or getting kids excited about the outdoors – whichever way you choose to look at it.

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