Tanya, a full-time mom, part-time office administrator and budding writer, found her love for hiking after university in the mountains of South Korea, where she was teaching English. Upon returning to Canada, her love for outdoor adventure grew alongside a new love in her life, her (now husband) Mark, who also enjoyed hiking and scrambling. Over the years they began to tackle bigger objectives and Tanya developed a fairly extensive (and impressive) bucket list of trails, treks and peaks she wanted to “tag” prior to settling down and starting a family.
Somehow early on in my interview with Mark and Brooke Stephens, I managed to stump Mark with a question I thought he’d have an answer for, ready to fire. He runs AdventureParents.com, after all, a “source for celebrating the amusing, yet frequently trying, lifestyle of being a parent… who’s doing what they can to raise some outdoors-loving kids.” It’s likely not the case that he had never defined what he considered to be adventurous. It’s just that we don’t often take the time or have the opportunity to articulate something that our lifestyles simply embody.
“Oh, we’ve just had an explosion!” said Caroline George. Mom to three-and-a-half-month-old, Olivia, Caroline was Skyping (sans video) with me from Chamonix and breastfeeding at the same time. Cool as a cucumber, she didn’t seem too fazed by the eruption. Considering her portfolio of incredible ascents and expeditions, I have a feeling it takes a lot more than spit-up to upset this IFMGA/UIAGM-certified guide and professional alpinist.
I truly wasn’t sure whether or not The Adventures in Parenthood Project would take off, but I launched it, fingers-crossed, committed to moving ahead no matter what happened. In the week that followed the launch, I received emails from all over North America showing interest in the project.