The Adventures in Parenthood Project explores the transition of outdoor adventurers to family life.
What inspired this project?
Living in the Canadian Rockies where outdoor enthusiasts abound, I find the subject of how to pursue adventures with small children is common. As an outdoor adventure writer I often find myself at the centre of these discussions. Many outdoor enthusiasts struggle to brave the changes that would result from starting a family, fearing it would negatively affect their adventure-filled lifestyle.
This project was ultimately inspired by an article I wrote back in 2010 for Highline Magazine titled The Land of Why? Quest for Adventure, Family – Style. This article featured filmmaker Leanne Allison; her husband, Karsten Heuer; and their adventure across Canada with their son, Zev (the basis for their film, Finding Farley, which won both Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival). I was so fascinated to discover what Leanne learned about adventuring with a two-year-old, and knew there was much more to explore on the topic.
Whom does this involve?
My intention with The Adventures in Parenthood Project is to cover the spectrum of adventurers – from professional risk-takers to the people who quietly go about their outdoor activities. I am so thankful for the outdoor adventurers who have already partnered with me on this project and have agreed to interviews. Other outdoor adventurers were welcome and encouraged to fill out the survey (now closed).
Thank you for joining me on this journey! To hear me introduce the project in person, watch this video.
What will I do with the information?
You can expect for me to deliver some of my findings through updates on this website and through a much larger piece. The findings will determine the best format for this larger report, so that is still to be determined (stay tuned!).