A Different Kind of Hiker Gift Guide

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It seems like everyone is putting out a list of things to buy that special hiker in your life for the holidays and I’m sure they help out a lot of folks. It’s a great opportunity to talk about your favorite gear, get some kick back from affiliates and make some plugs for companies who […]

What’s A Little Loss of Skin In Trade For Adventure?

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I started writing this post from the 16th story of a hotel in downtown Tacoma with a view of the Puget Sound peeking out beyond other tall buildings in the distance on Tuesday.  I did some urban hiking to get there; riding for 3 hours on public transportation 62 miles from home to attend a training.  A training […]

Spring Break Road Trip Day 6: Ben, Joshua, Michael and Craigslist

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  Editor’s Note: This is my sixth and final installment on my spring break road trip saga.  If you’ve been following along, thanks for sticking it out!    The sun began to creep over the Providence Mountains at 5:30am and I awoke to our last day in the desert.  Hard to believe the week had […]

The Battle Is On

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I think February is one of the hardest months of the year, especially here in the Pacific Northwest.  Depression sets in from short days without sunlight and the holiday celebrations are over (No, Valentine’s Day doesn’t count.  When has this supposed holiday EVER lived up to the hype or expectation?). Everyone is hopping three day weekend to three […]

Gloves or Mittens?

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    There are benefits to both gloves and mittens.  Some would say that gloves are better because they allow you to do things with your hands that you can’t with mittens that require more manual dexterity like use your camera or phone.  You can even purchase gloves with the “touch” feature, which I find their efficiency minimal at best.  I’m […]

Save Blanchard Mountain

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Have you visited the trails on Blanchard Mountain?  You probably know the area by more popular names like Oyster Dome and Chuckanut Drive.  The Pacific Northwest Trail also runs through the forest on its way to Whidbey Island from here. The land on this mountain by the Salish Bay is owned by DNR (Department of Natural Resources) […]

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale I just wanted to send out a note to say I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.  I hope this finds you counting your blessings and looking back on a year filled […]

What Speaks To Your Soul?

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    “The climb speaks to our character, but the view, I think, to our souls” ― Lori Lansens, The Mountain Story This was from Alta Mountain, a nice steep climb up to 360 views of the Alpine Lakes area off Snoqualmie Pass.  You can see the line of the Pacific Crest Trail as it goes around […]