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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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Adventures

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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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.

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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's

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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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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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 $139! 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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WA State Fire Lookouts

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

Lookouts Visited 61
Trail Miles 330
Road Miles 10,175
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 89,473′
And Jake dog has 40!🐾

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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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