More than the right gear (though that helps), the perfect trail, or even a good dose of inspiration, the thing that has been the greatest catalyst for getting us outdoors are other like-minded friends ready to adventure with us. This is hard, for even with all the money in the world, you cannot buy friends. But you can be purposeful in looking for these relationships and befriending other overwhelmed parents in the outdoors. These are the people who trade watching kids while you climb a route or share snacks on the trail. These people keep us going season after season.