Trip Reports

I ventured to Okanogan County last week to make a serious dent in my fire lookout list as well as enjoy beautiful fall colors. During the first 3 days I checked off 3 new lookouts and 2 old ones, including a special visit to my favorite one.

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How To

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.

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Trip Guides

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for getting outside and the North Cascades, with their iridescent green-ish/gold larches and fiery red and orange foliage, put on the best show in the state! Check out my favorite four fall hikes!

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Gear Reviews

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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How To

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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Trip Reports

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!!

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Gear Reviews

Want to enjoy your summer on the water and get a great full-body workout while doing it? XTERRA inflatable paddleboards are made of high quality, durable materials. are easy to store and even easier to transport. There is no shortage of places you can take them!

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Trip Reports

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!

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Articles

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.

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Gear Reviews

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!

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