Back in July I headed to Southern California to climb its 3 tallest peaks in 3 days as part of Adventure 16’s 3 Peak Challenge. Who was crazy enough to join me? My folks of course! It turned out to be an amazing weekend and a reminder that staying active is the best medicine of all!
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 stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.
Rich with history, The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Horseshoe Basin in its northeastern corner is a high alpine tundra-like environment unlike anything else in the state. It’s been on my list to explore for far too long. Last weekend I finally ventured there and left in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness.
Hot springs have been used as a natural medicine for centuries and are rich in minerals that increase blood flow and circulation. If you’re looking for a fun adventure and a little warmth, soak your way to better health by visiting one of Washington’s natural hot springs. These three springs offer a little something for everyone and have an incredible history.
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.
I think it’s easy for most of us to support our local search and rescue teams, but it’s tough to grasp the level of effort required for a rescue. Last weekend some friends and I played mock victims for a large avalanche training exercise and witnessed firsthand the amazing skills and dedication of these volunteers.
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! I’ve barely been to any of these, so I have my work cut out for me this year!
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 one has something for everyone. Get out there in 2016 and get your challenge on!