Karen Ung is the founder of the blog Play Outside Guide, the mission of which is to provide “everything families need to know to get outside and have fun”. Her amazing adventures in the mountains with her two daughters are so much fun to follow. Karen provides a valuable resource and is an example of how to raise kids to love being active and to embrace all that nature has to offer.
Get to know Karen better and help us welcome her to the #AfLfamily.
Q&A with Karen Ung
AfL: What is your biggest fear?
Karen Ung: That my children will suddenly hate hiking and camping in their teen years.
AfL: What is your proudest moment?
Karen Ung: I have a few … when my kids learned to ride bikes and when my oldest rocked the half pipe and blue runs (at 5 years-old) on the ski hill!
AfL: What motivates you?
Karen Ung: I am motivated to stay active year round so I can do all the outdoor activities I enjoy. Staying fit in summer means a better cross country ski season. Skiing and snowshoeing keep me fit for summer hiking, biking, and backpacking. I feel better when I’m active too, so it’s a win-win.
AfL: What is your favourite season?
Karen Ung: Summer AND winter. Summer for the beautiful hiking, camping, and backpacking weather (and wildflowers!); winter for all the snow fun. With six months of winter, we have to embrace it!
AfL: What is your favourite physical activity?
Karen Ung: Three-way tie between hiking, biking, and skiing.
AfL: Some other little-known fact about you that you’d like to share?
Karen Ung: I have a Geography degree and love maps.
AfL: Please tell us in a few words why you’re excited to be an AfL Role Model?
Karen Ung: I want to share my love of being active outdoors. It doesn’t take skill — really! — just some planning and the right clothes.