Okanogan County in Washington State has incredible history and the highest concentration of remaining Washington State Lookouts, which makes it a spectacular destination for geeks like me! Here’s a trip report from a recent October larches and lookouts road trip.
All of us have fears, yet living in fear keeps us from truly living. Since my childhood I’ve been terrified of the water and it’s taken me over 30 years to finally defeat it. Recently I was able to fulfill a dream to sea kayak to the beautiful San Juan Islands, which is proof that all of us can conquer our fears!!
Sometimes the most memorable adventures are the ones that go totally south. Instead of swooning at the North Cascades and finally seeing Desolation Peak, we paddled along Ross Lake in thick wildfire smoke, imagining we were in a Mad Max-like apocalyptic landscape. But it was still a fun weekend!
11 years ago I walked into an animal shelter and came home with Crazy Jake dog. Honestly, I’m not sure who rescued who. Since then he’s been my peakbagging partner, camping companion, and road trip co-pilot. I can’t think of a single memory without him! Here’s the story of Jake dog and how to cope when your best adventure buddy grows old.
Looking for end of year ways to be charitable? Considering donating to one or more of the following 18 national and local organizations that support our trails, promote outdoor stewardship, and conserve our wild places. As outdoor adventurers it’s our duty to support these groups!
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.
Is backcountry skiing or snowboarding on your list of things to do? Not sure how to get started or make the transition from inbounds? As a new backcountry snowboarder, I’ve learned a lot that can help others with backcountry aspirations or who are new to the sport.
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.
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!
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!
If you’re looking for a fantastic jacket you can use year-round both on adventures and just around town, Cotopaxi’s featherlight Paray jacket is a winner! It feels like tissue paper, barely tips the scales at 3 ounces, and is a perfect running shell and windbreaker that provides warmth, water resistance, and durability. I never leave home without it!
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.
Whether you’re on the trails or just walking around the city, the Ruffwear Roamer leash is a must buy for any dog owner! Its durable and ingenious stretch webbing design gives your dog room to roam and provides an easy to grab traffic handle for pulling your dog in close.