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Tips and Tricks

Years of experience as a serial soloist means I have lots of useful outdoor tips and tricks to share!

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
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How to Survive Ticks, Mosquitoes and Flies

Ticks, mosquitos, and flies can turn a beautiful outdoor adventure into a nightmare. Don't want to bathe in DEET? Read about Permethrin and Picaridin, non-toxic repellants that actually work, and get tips and tricks for preventing bites.…

May 31, 2018
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Give Adventurously

Make a year-end donation to one of the following 18 national and local organizations that support trails, promote stewardship, and conserve our wild places. As outdoor adventurers it's our duty to support these groups!…

November 28, 2017
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Vehicle Safety & Preparedness

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…

November 5, 2017
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Just a Few Ounces of Essentials Can Save Your Life

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.…

September 10, 2017
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Backpacking with Your Dog

There's nothing quite like spending the night outdoors, just you and your pooch. Backpacking with Jake dog has a special place in my heart and we're here to share our tips and tricks for making sure you and your dog have a fantastic backpacking…

May 30, 2017
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How to Love Your Feet

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!…

February 26, 2017
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Lightning Safety for Outdoor Adventuring

If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself…

July 20, 2016
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Learning the Art of Food Dehydration

Want to make awesome lightweight backcountry meals and preserve fruit and veggies? Learn the art of food dehydration! It's simple, easy, and fairly low cost to get started. Check out these tips to learn everything you need!…

March 13, 2016