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Last weekend I did a one-way 22-mile bike ride on the Cascades to Palouse State Park Trail from Renslow to the Columbia. This amazing rail trail takes you on a fantastic tour of Washington’s scrublands and railway history, though rockfall is a real concern in areas.

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The desert Southwest is a magical place of extreme contrast and powerful energy. When life throws you some unexpected hits, there really isn’t a better place to find yourself again.

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Ever dreamed of having down booties for your hands? Well, Outdoor Research made your dreams come true with their Transcendent Mitts, which are so packable, lightweight and warm you’ll never leave home without them!

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Lottery and permit applications for popular wilderness areas in Washington open as early as February, which makes it a great time to start planning! Here’s a guide with important dates and details for the most coveted spots in the State.

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A look back at some of my biggest outdoor adventures of 2018, mostly to remote Washington State fire lookouts, and some funny fire lookout bagging stats along the way. What were your big 2018 accomplishments?

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I raided my gear stash to find 20 of the most useful under $20 outdoor items I’ve ever purchased and turned the results into a holiday gift guide. Happy holiday giving!

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Find outdoor meal planning a challenge? Boulder-based Trail Fork creates both pre-packaged and customized outdoor meals with simple, organic ingredients. Their packaging is 100% compostable and they also donate 1% of sales back to the environment.

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The Wild Olympics campaign would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 19 rivers and their tributaries as Wild And Scenic Rivers. What does the natural beauty of the Olympics mean to you?

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Bear canisters aren’t anyone’s favorite piece of gear, but if you backpack, you’ll eventually have to use one. Read where canisters are required in Washington State, tips for choosing the right one, and why I picked the BearVault BV450.

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With its plentiful blue skies, sunshine, and warm temps, Eastern Washington’s Coulee Country offers a fantastic spring reprieve from Western Washington’s drizzle as well as some of the state’s most amazing geological wonders! The earth’s once largest waterfall? A soapy lake similar in alkalinity to the Jupiter moons? Consider a weekend road trip to soak up the sun and explore these incredible attractions!

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Need a sunny vacation, especially in the midst of a PNW winter? Pack your sunscreen and running shoes and book a flight to sunny Sedona, Arizona! A long weekend amongst its magical red rocks will leave you rebalanced, recharged, and reenergized.

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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? Carrying essential gear, even on a short outing, increases your safety margin and can even make the difference between life and death.

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Waterproof boots are a myth. If you spend time on the trail, especially in the PNW, your feet are getting wet, plain and simple. Here are tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to manage wet feet and keep them happy!

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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 80
Trail Miles 479
Road Miles 13,298
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 126,053′
And Jake dog (RIP) visited 51!🐾

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