A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Biennial Flight Review

April 25, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 23, 2020

Every two years pilots must take a flight review with an instructor. I have opted to use a different instructor each time to broaden my horizons. This year my choice of instructor was dictated by who was low risk for coronavirus. I did it with a friend from the New England backcountry crew who also […]

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How to Backcountry Ski with a Toddler or Little Kid

Emilie Phillips
updated August 23, 2020

The toddler years are defined by the pulk, a sled like a gear sled but with a seat and protective top. The pulk lets you cover distance, but your kid will also want to get out and have fun. Over three years, we worked our way up from local cross country trips to big adventures […]

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Emergency Gear for Backcountry Ski Trips

Emilie Phillips
updated August 23, 2020

As part of our annual New Hampshire AMC ski leader training refresher, we discussed group gear. What is group gear? We couldn’t quite agree on that. To some people it’s the big bulky safety items that you offload on participants. To others it’s anything that the group needs only one or two of. I have […]

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How to backcountry ski with a baby

Emilie Phillips
updated January 30, 2020

An outdoorsy friend, who is expecting, asked me how I took Isaac skiing when he was a baby. Here is the advice I gave her. These suggestions come from my husband and my experience cross country skiing and Telemark skiing in New Hampshire with our one week to four month old baby, Isaac. We enjoyed […]

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Review of Rebel Ilaga compared to Tahe Marine Greenland

Emilie Phillips
updated November 15, 2018

Johan Wirsén first designed a Greenland style kayak for Tahe Marine — the Tahe Marine Greenland. Then that design moved to Zegul, and now Johan is selling his kayak designs under the Rebel brand. The Rebel Ilaga is the closest to the original Tahe, so how similar is it? A few weeks ago, I had […]

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How To Succeeding at Sea Kayaking; Not Applicable to Guys

Emilie Phillips
updated October 24, 2018

Paddling the wild coast is lots of fun, but most articles and boat reviews are written for men. Those targeting women often steer you to recreational kayaking on a lake. Here’s advice from one woman sea kayaker on how to really get into sea kayaking.

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A backcountry twist on PSIA skiing at Cardigan

January 29, 2017
Emilie Phillips
updated September 23, 2020

Bruce was a big guy with a muscular build that didn’t quite make sense until he introduced himself as a farmer. He was quick to smile as we wedged ourselves in the Cardigan boot room overrun by Boston AMC winter school participants. And, when he surveyed all of us geared up, skins on, and not […]

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