Buddy Backpacker Talks

Family Keynotes

Get Out, Stay Out : Inspire a Desire Within Your Children To Get Outside

In this presentation Buddy Backpacker and Company share with you all of the tips and tricks we used to get our 3 year old out on his first hike and how we’ve kept him interested and inspired to hike over 9,000 miles later. We will describe the basics of kids hiking gear, games you can play along the trail and how we incorporated technology into our outdoor lifestyle. 

 

The Basics of Backpacking With Kids : Setting Yourself Up For Success 

Whether you’re planning a quick overnight trip or a 3,100 mile long trail there is decent amount of prep work involved. This talk will teach you all about choosing the right gear, packing for every situation, how to keep your kids interested after the first mile and even how you can homeschool on trail. Buddy Backpacker and Company will share some of the things they bring on every trail that they would never leave home without. 

LIFESTYLE KEYNOTES

The Trailblazer: Becoming Buddy Backpacker 

This presentation is all about Buddy Backpacker's first thru hike on the Appalachian Trail when he was just five years old. In it we discuss how we learned to live comfortably on trail, ignore criticism from others to achieve our dream, overcome internal and external struggles along the way and grew closer as a family than we ever expected. 

One Step at a Time : Life a Life You Love 

We know the challenges of having a young child, bills to pay, family obligations, full-time employment but also wanting for more. Together we made a 12 month plan, sold almost everything we owned and moved across the country to start a new life for our family. This wasn’t easy but it was completely worth it. We didn’t have a blueprint of what steps to take or how to start over. But we wanted it so much, we made it happen. We are dedicated to living a life we love. We’ve figured out how to do continuously and successfully- now we want to share what we’ve learned with you. 

You don’t need to sell all your belongings and make as drastic of a change as we did to change your whole life. We can teach you how to cut back on the “stuff” you don’t need, how to save for adventures and live a life you love. 

NATURE KEYNOTE

Connect with Nature & Yourself 

Buddy Backpacker & Co. talk about our lives before and after hiking. We discuss how disconnecting from the day-to-day stresses of life and getting out of cell phone service range can help you discover a deeper understanding of yourself. The slow pace of life on trail and the silence that surrounds you can help slow your racing thoughts, teach you to appreciate your surroundings and find out what matters most to you when you have to carry everything you'll need on your back.