Stephanie McNulty


I'm Stephanie, an outdoor loving mom to three wild kiddos. You can usually find me on the trail with a baby on my back, my daughter charging ahead, and my teen rolling his eyes behind us (but secretly loving all the good fishing spots we find). I have been taking all my children backpacking since they were babies. I believe that fostering a deep love for wild places is the only way the next generation will take action to protect and conserve our planet. I also find that the best way to connect with my kids is outside on an adventure. You can follow along over @thebackpackingmom for trip reports, gear recommendations, inspiration, and the many realities of adventuring with kids.

What's your favorite Mountain House meal?

I LOVE making breakfast burritos with the breakfast skillet on a tortilla. Add some taco bell mild sauce and it's truly gourmet.

What's your favorite place to hunt/hike/fish/camp/be?

I think the Olympic Peninsula coast in Washington state will always have my heart. It was mine and my two older kids' first backpacking trip!

Top three pieces of gear that you never leave home without?

Snacks (more than you think you need), because kids. Merino wool layers, and my steri-pen.

What's one bucket list item you plan on checking off this year?

I'm hoping to climb the tallest mountain in Utah, Kings Peak, with my daughter this year.

Mountain House Ambassador Stephanie McNulty sitting on rock overlooking the ocean coast Stephanie hiking in snow towing child in a carrier Stephanie with child in on her back standing by mountain lake Stephanie with hiking pack and infant snuggled against her chest on a mountain trail