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Nothing beats time in the backcountry.

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
Trip Reports

2018: The Year of BIG Adventures

A look back at some of my biggest outdoor adventures of 2018, mostly to remote Washington State fire lookouts, and some funny fire lookout bagging stats along the way. What were your big 2018 accomplishments?…

December 31, 2018
Fire Lookouts Trip Reports

Fastpacking Miner’s Ridge

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!…

June 29, 2018
Trip Guides

Exploring Eastern Washington Coulee Country

With its plentiful blue skies, sunshine, and warm temps, Eastern Washington's Coulee Country offers a fantastic spring reprieve from Western Washington's drizzle as well as some of the state's most amazing geological wonders! The earth's once largest waterfall? A soapy lake similar in alkalinity…

April 6, 2018
Tips and Tricks

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
Tips and Tricks

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
Trip Reports

Wandering the Pasayten

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…

July 6, 2016
Trip Reports

The John Muir Trail… To Be Continued.

And just like that, one of my biggest dreams was over. Hiking the John Muir Trail in 2015 just wasn't meant to be. All I can do now is remember the amazing 8 days I had on the trail. I met incredible people, saw…

August 26, 2015