When I had the chance to interview Lindsey via Skype, I had a picture in my mind of an energetic, fun-loving supermom. And she is. But, while we chatted, we also dug deep about some of the struggles she’d been through with her pregnancies and in bouncing back since. Slowly, my preconceptions peeled away to reveal a deeply honest and very real human being. Now this was someone I could relate to.
People out here need hiking, camping, skiing and the full gamut of outdoor activities to remain sane (some would argue alive). It’s like air. And I didn’t realize how different some parenting models are from what I grew up with back in Ontario until I saw the kinds of things people are inclined to do outdoors with their kids. I think I’m on my way to becoming one of these kind of parents, and here’s why.
My conversation with Chris went in a direction I could never have predicted. For weeks I’d been talking to outdoor adventurers of all kinds, none who had ever lost sight of the role that their outdoor passions play in their lives (or at least they hadn’t mentioned it). But though he had enjoyed outdoor activities since he was a kid and truly needed the outdoors to keep a clear mind, Chris went through a stage just prior to having kids when the rat race really took over and his commitment to the outdoors evaporated.
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.