Backcountry Dad started as a resource for dads from broken places- dads facing custody battles over their kids. Dads who came in as a step-parent and were having a tough time connecting with their kids. Dads who worked so hard to put food on the table, they couldn't spend the time they wanted to with their kids. Even "stay at home" dads whose focus is the kids, see their spouse or children's mother infinitely less than the kids themselves- but always seem stuck in the house or running errands.
Since then, we've wanted to open up and make this a resource for all dads, everywhere, no matter their background or circumstances. But we don't want to ignore where we came from; we want to reach out to those dads who, for whatever reason, need a hand up in these sorts of endeavors the most. Limited time, limited budget, limited knowledge- those don't have to be barriers to getting outside and having an epic backcountry trip with your kids.
If you're reading this, trying to cope with how to make the most out of twenty weekends a year and a couple weeks in the summer- we're here for you.
If you've just had another round of "You're not my real dad!"- we're here for you.
If you've just put in your sixth twelve-hour day in a row, and are so exhausted you can hardly move- we're here for you.
If you've just had another round of shuttling between mindless extracurricular activities and haven't been out of the house for anything not errand-related in weeks- we're here for you.
If you're just a dad on a budget who wants to get out and explore the great outdoors with your kids- we're here for you, too.
Keep your chin up, whoever you are, and stay tuned, because we're going to have the gear review, trip planners, and general advice you need to get into the backcountry and have a great time.