Dads Outside: Iconic Fathers of the Outdoors

Father’s Day is as icon­ic a hol­i­day as any, a day where we cel­e­brate some of the most influ­en­tial fig­ures in many of our lives. The list of inspi­ra­tional dads doing amaz­ing things in the out­doors goes on, there is no short­age of fathers (and moth­ers) who are out there push­ing the lim­its of adven­ture while being pio­neers for the out­doors, not to men­tion being par­ents.

Here are just a few of our favorite out­door dads, from Jim­my Chin to Mike Libec­ki, these guys are not only inno­va­tors and risk tak­ers, they’re also stand up dads.

John Muir: The man, the myth, the leg­end. One of the most icon­ic men of the out­doors, who not only pio­neered our cur­rent Nation­al Park Sys­tem and found­ed The Sier­ra Club, but was also an incred­i­ble father. Muir had two daugh­ters, Wan­da and Helen Muir, who he would often take into the moun­tains on his count­less trips into the Sier­ra Neva­da.

 

Jim­my Chin: Already known as one of the most famous out­door adven­ture pho­tog­ra­phers, Jim­my Chin is also an amaz­ing out­door ath­lete him­self. Not only did he direct the award win­ning out­door doc­u­men­tary Meru, with his wife Eliz­a­beth Chai Vasarhe­lyi, he also climbed the moun­tain along­side Con­rad Anker and Renan Ozturk. Jim­my and his wife have a 3 year old daugh­ter, Mari­na Chin. The fam­i­ly splits their time between Jack­son Hole and New York City.

Mike Libec­ki: Famous adven­tur­er and Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Adven­tur­er of the Year 2013, Mike Libec­ki has been heard on the record say­ing that his daugh­ter is his num­ber one hero, “She is the ener­gy and fuel of my life; I learn from her every day. She inspires me to inspire her.“Not only this, but the the pair also skied across the entire con­ti­nent of Antarc­ti­ca togeth­er on an epic jour­ney through cold and ice.