Musings of a Serial Soloist

I jokingly refer to myself as a serial soloist and think "don't hike alone" is terrible advice. I think the better advice is "never underestimate nature."…

July 18, 2019
Trip Reports

Visiting the Yakama Reservation

Recently I was able to visit the Yakama Indian Reservation as part of a fire lookout work party. I met some incredible people and saw a gorgeous land that few are privileged to see. …

June 26, 2019

The Healing Power of the Desert Southwest

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. …

April 11, 2019
Trip Guides

Washington State Lake Hiking Challenges

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! …

March 7, 2019
Trip Guides

Washington State Hiking and Mountaineering Challenges

Need a fun way to challenge yourself this year? Consider tackling one or more of these 8 Washington State Peak Lists. Some can be completed in a season and others might take your whole life, but whether you're a hiker, scrambler, or mountaineer, each…

March 7, 2019
Gear Reviews

Outdoor Research Transcendent Mitts

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!…

February 20, 2019
Tips and Tricks

Navigating Wilderness Permits and Lotteries

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.…

February 1, 2019