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.

Yosemite Nation­al Park is an out­doors lover’s par­adise. Best known for its mag­nif­i­cent water­falls, the park con­sists of over 1,200 square miles of untamed wilder­ness rife with giant sequoias, deep val­leys, soar­ing cliffs, and sprawl­ing meadows.

Watch this amaz­ing video that cap­tures the mag­ic of Yosemite and find out why she lures over 3.7 mil­lion peo­ple through her gates each sea­son. You’ll be blown away by the time-lapse footage fea­tured in this inspir­ing edit cap­tured by Shel­don Neill and Col­in Dele­han­ty as part of the duo’s long­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive project, Project Yosemite.

We’re excit­ed about their upcom­ing film, Yosemite HD II

Leg­endary John Muir was a pio­neer and advo­cate for wilder­ness preser­va­tion. Due to his pro­lif­ic con­tri­bu­tions to earth and soci­ety, var­i­ous land­marks have been named after Muir. Born April 21, 1838, mod­ern-day cit­i­zens remem­ber this found­ing-father through the annu­al Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion. In case you did not catch any cor­re­la­tion, here are some famous sites or land­marks named in his honor.

Mount Muir










Mount Muir 
Mount Muir is a peak locat­ed in the Sier­ra Nevada’s, Cal­i­for­nia. The mag­nif­i­cent peak is ele­vat­ed at 14,018 feet. It also has a climb promi­nence of 298 feet. The east side of the peak is locat­ed in the John Muir Wilder­ness region and is view­able from the Mount Whit­ney Trail. The John Muir Trail mean­ders amongst the west­ern peak near the sum­mit and ends on the sum­mit of Mount Whitney.

Muir Woods National Monument










Muir Woods Nation­al Monument
Locat­ed north of San Fran­cis­co, this mon­u­ment is part of the Gold­en Gate Nation­al Recre­ation­al Area. This mon­u­ment is a park that pro­tects 554 acres of land, of which near half are old-growth Coast Red­wood forests. Muir Woods is adja­cent to the Pacif­ic ocean and some­times expe­ri­ences a thick, marine lay­er that cov­ers the tops of the giant sequoias. Easy to dif­fi­cult hik­ing trails are avail­able through­out the park.

Muir Beach










Muir Beach
Muir Beach is locat­ed 16.5 miles north­west of San Fran­cis­co, and approx­i­mate­ly two miles away from the entrance of Muir Woods Nation­al  Mon­u­ment. The one thou­sand foot beach con­sists of thick, coarse sand and boul­ders near the perime­ter of the shore­line. This qui­et, serene beach cre­ates per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ties for soli­tude or per­son-less photographs.

Camp Muir










Camp Muir
This is no nor­mal, fam­i­ly-fun camp. This is a camp for seri­ous climbers and moun­taineers since it’s locat­ed 10,800 feet in ele­va­tion on the slope of Mount Rainier between Muir snow­field and Cowlitz glac­i­er. This sin­gle-sto­ry shel­ter hous­es climbers for a brief night before the full sum­mit. From Camp Muir there are sev­en approach­es, grad­ed between II-III, to sum­mit the peak.

John Muir National Historic Site










John Muir Nation­al His­toric Site
The mag­nif­i­cent house of nat­u­ral­ist and writer, John Muir, and sur­round­ing 325 acres of grass­land and oak wood­lands is a nation­al site locat­ed in Mar­tinez, Cal­i­for­nia. The 14-room Vic­to­ri­an man­sion was built in 1883 and Muir accom­plished some of the most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in writ­ing in his “scrib­ble den.”

Muir Glacier










Muir Glac­i­er
The val­ley glac­i­er is locat­ed in Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park and cov­ers 11 miles of ground. This glac­i­er has sig­nif­i­cant­ly retreat­ed since 1780. Between 1941 to 2004 the glac­i­er retreat­ed more than 7 miles and thinned over 2,625 feet. Ocean water “took its place” in the valley.