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Triple digit temps, thunderstorms, fires, and horseflies…. the reason I oftentimes have a Plan E when heading out for a weekend lookout bagging adventure!

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Tales of surviving a remote hike in near triple digit temps and finally checking off a summit that has evaded me for four years!

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The Blue Mountains of southeast Washington span 4,000 square miles of land and contain open ridges, big mesas, deep canyons, natural springs, loads of wildlife and surprising solitude. This wilderness is one of Washington’s best surprises!

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An incredible 30+ mile ultralight overnight to Miner’s Ridge Lookout, deep in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. This was lookout #46 for me and I enjoyed not only surprising solitude, but one of the most fantastic mountain sunrises I’ve ever seen!

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For me, coffee is the 11th essential on any backcountry trip and the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip has been serving me well for years! If you’re a fan of simple, delicious coffee, read on!

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Trip Guides

Bicycling Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road in spring while it’s still closed to vehicle traffic is one of the most personal and incredible ways to see the beauty of this extraordinary Park! Enjoy this mile-by-mile guide with lots of photos and trip planning tips!

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Bear canisters aren’t usually anyone’s favorite piece of gear, but if you backpack, you’ll eventually have to use one! Here are details on where canisters are required as well as tips for choosing the right one and reasons why I picked the BearVault BV450 for my gear stash.

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How To's

If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.

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Exploring alpine lakes is perfect for summer or when higher peaks are snowed in. Check off one or more of these four lake lists and if you’re a Mountaineers member, you can earn some cool awards! I’ve barely been to any of these, so I have my work cut out for me this year!

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For me, coffee is the 11th essential on any backcountry trip and the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip has been serving me well for years! If you’re a fan of simple, delicious coffee, read on!

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My Trail’s featherweight 850 fill hyperlight down jacket is a bargain for $199! It’ll keep you toasty warm and packs up tiny for even the smallest of packs, making it perfect to take on any adventure!

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Are the StormTracker heated gloves from Outdoor Research worth their spendy price tag? Find out when I put them to the test!

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A great rain jacket is a must-have for adventures, especially in the PNW. On sale for $79, My Trail’s Storm UL rain jacket is a steal of a deal and its features, weight, and price make it one of the best options on the market!

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Solight Design makes beautiful origami-inspired portable, water-resistant solar lanterns that fold flat when not in use and are perfect for unique outdoor ambience, emergencies, or even camping! Solight donates a portion of sales to bring light to communities in need. They also make great gifts!

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The My Trail hyperlight tee shirt is lightweight, breathable, wickable, and comfortable and also comes with a UPF rating of 30 to protect you from the sun. I’ve used mine hiking, running, backpacking, and even paddleboarding and it’s become one of my favorite pieces of trail tested gear!

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WA State Fire Lookouts

I’m currently on a journey to visit and document all 93 remaining fire lookouts in Washington State!

Lookouts Visited 56
Trail Miles 315
Road Miles 9,218
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 86,591′
And Jake dog has 34!🐾

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Ticks, mosquitos, and flies can unfortunately turn a beautiful outdoor adventure into a nightmare. Blech! Don’t want to bathe in DEET? Read about the non-toxic repellants that actually work, Permethrin and Picaridin, and get tips and tricks for preventing bites.

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The 10 essentials get a lot of press, but what about safety gear for your vehicle? Lots of scenarios can leave you stranded unexpectedly—a blown tire, inclement weather, challenging terrain, or simply bad directions. Check out this list of vehicle safety items that can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.

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What would happen if you were stranded overnight on your next hike or trail run? Would you be adequately prepared? It happened recently to many hikers in the Gorge when they found themselves unexpectedly trapped overnight only a few miles from the trailhead by a fast moving fire. Carrying essential gear, even on a short outing, increases your safety margin and can sometimes even make the difference between life and death.

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