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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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It’s a pretty great thing when you can spend a few days celebrating your dad’s 70th birthday with tamales, apple pie, and fire lookout adventures!

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My Trail’s featherweight 850 fill hyperlight down jacket is a bargain for $199! 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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Who inspires you to get out and explore? My outdoor hero is my amazing 70-year old dad who is living proof that staying fit and having an intrepid spirit keeps you eternally youthful.

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I do a fair amount of solo hiking and recently someone told me I should be scared to be in the woods alone. It got me thinking. How many of you hike alone? Do you think it’s safe? Some thoughts and tips for going solo.

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Adventures

Sunday I ventured out to the Goldmyer Hot Springs with two friends. We had no idea we’d end up being trapped by one of the largest floods in the Snoqualmie Valley in several years. What an experience!

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Over Labor Day weekend my dad and stepmom Diana were hiking down a peak in the Sierras when a boulder rolled loose and crushed Diana’s foot and ankle. They were assisted by good samaritans and a SAR team: a reminder that trail angels exist and you can never be too prepared in the wilderness.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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The simple and rugged Luzon Del Día daypack made by Cotopaxi is great for urban adventures, hikes, road trips, and travel. Even better, the colors of each pack are chosen by its maker which guarantees no two packs are alike! Made from recycled nylon, the sales of this pack help fund sustainable poverty alleviation and make the world a better place!

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What if I told you that the most amazing piece of outdoor gear I own is a tubular piece of headwear made by Buff® USA? Crazy, right? Not only can a Buff be worn numerous ways, but the inventive uses you can find for it are endless! Read on to find out why a Buff should be one of your 10 essentials.

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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 50
Trail Miles 254
Road Miles 8,478
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 73,350′
And Jake dog has 34!🐾

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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!

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Do gloomy winter days get you down? This time of year doesn’t have to be glum! I’m a firm believer that staying active not only benefits your physical health but your mental health as well. Here are my tips for surviving the winter and having a fun time while doing it!

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Prepackaged dehydrated meals in the backcountry are quick and easy, but did you know you can make healthier homemade food for a fraction of the cost? Here are three of my favorite recipes for delicious, nutritious, easy-to-fix meals for outdoor adventuring.

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