mountain mama tails | best gear for outdoor babies

This blanket is fairly new to the outdoor kid scene and is a local brand here in Jackson, WY. Let me be honest with you – I didn’t really think it was going to be all that different than what I already have, but has now become my #1 suggested baby gift.

It’s merino wool so breathes well and is super soft. Plus it has a great stretch so makes an AMAZING swaddle blanket. We keep ours in the car and ready for anything – traveling, picnicking, hanging out by the water, keeping warm when Mama forgot extra layers….you get the idea.

I can also attest to the fact that they wash and dry very well since ours require that WAY more often than I care to admit.

mountain mama tales | christmas in july: travel & adventure

We are so excited about this brand new company based here in Jackson, WY who are making awesome merino wool products for outdoor kids. This month we took their Adventure Blankets with us to Alaska and they were SOOOO much better than I had even hoped.

Not only are they super soft, have a great weight AND are packable, they also machine wash and dry very well. A wash was required after the germs of the airplane/airport.

jackson hole news and guide | iksplor unveils 'adventure blanket'

Nearly a year after winning a prize at Pitch Day the sisters behind the young children’s clothing company Iksplor have released their first product and are taking orders for a second.

Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck have begun shipping a merino wool blanket they’ve had manufactured by a woman-owned business in Minnesota. The “Adventure Blanket,”48 by 48 inches, comes in navy blue and teal and costs $120 at

jackson hole news and guide | entrepreneurial family ready to iksplor

When Karissa Akin went shopping for base layers for her daughter, Everleigh Akin, now 2, she didn't like the items she found. They were made of cheap material that deteriorated quickly and stained easily.

“Fast fashion has not only invaded our closets, but also our children’s closets,” Akin said. “We wanted to create something better.”

wonderkin | Q&A with co-founder of iksplor, karissa akin 

Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck are the co-founders and sister duo behind Iksplor, a 100% merino wool clothing line for newborns and kids. Their mission is to create functional layers born for adventure, to help get kids get outside and stay outside longer! Iksplor is currently in the prototype phase, and Karissa and Kailey are excited to be building a community passionate about getting little ones outside in quality clothing that lasts! 

At Wonderkin, we’re passionate about quality gear and highlighting female entrepreneurs and thought leaders working to advance the children’s nature play movement. We know you’ll enjoy learning more about Karissa’s story…

local news 8 | jackson start-up wins kickstart grant 

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) - A Jackson "startup" company has been awarded a $50,000 Wyoming Business Council "kickstart" award.  

Iksplor is a Jackson apparel designer that creates multi-season, essential layers for babies and children. The company focuses on the outdoor consumer market.

Their product line includes a swaddle, long-sleeve shirt, pant, neck warmer and hat all made of Merino wool.  

jackson hole news and guide | two sisters, mom ready to launch their line of woolen kids’ wear

Everyone in Jackson Hole knows the secret to dressing for playing outside in mountain weather is layers.

But when Karissa Akin shopped for her young daughter, Everleigh Akin, she couldn’t find the type of clothing needed for a Jackson lifestyle. The clothing wasn’t durable. The only base layers she could find were made of cheap material that deteriorated quickly and stained easily.

“Fast fashion has not only invaded our closets, but also our children’s closets,” Akin said. “We wanted to create something better.”

silicon couloir | pitch day 2018 winners

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award:

Invitation to join Silicon Couloir's TEAMS Program

The Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award is presented to that entrepreneur or venture whose person/ team and company best embodies the core values and mission of Silicon Couloir, which is to align entrepreneurship with community vision to promote a diverse economy and healthy environment for current and future generations.