Sierra Designs Zissou Plus Sleeping Bag – Gear Review

For warmth and comfort, down sleeping bags are the obvious choice. Fears of complete saturation and loss of all of those warmth properties prevented me from making the switch from synthetic bags. The Sierra Designs Zissou Plus Sleeping Bag eased this fear, keeping me warm and dry in snow, rain, and wind. The Test I… Keep Reading


Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – Product Review

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – So soft and cozy I never wanted to take it off! When I ordered the Karma Jacket I was looking for a multi-purpose layer to wear under a light rain jacket or parka, depending on whether I was hiking an urban trail or heading up to snow. The… Keep Reading

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Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Tent – Gear Review

Going to wild places with Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Tent.  When solo camping, I prioritize light weight. For the past couple of years, though, I have compromised on weight by bringing a two-person tent. With most one-person tents, I find myself struggling to sit up even half way comfortably. Sierra Designs has addressed that compromise… Keep Reading


Teva Arrowood Lux Sneakerboot – Product Review

Teva Arrowood Lux waterproof mid-high sneakerboot for women.  From the minute that I took the Teva Arrowood Lux boots out of the box, I could tell that they were going to be completely different from any of the other waterproof hiking boots I had purchased and worn in the past. Teva Arrowood Lux comfort and… Keep Reading


SBM Holiday Outdoor Gift Ideas

Let SBM ease some of the burden of the season with our outdoor gift ideas.  Tis the season for REI gift cards and boxes of Clif Bars you say?  We here at SBM say Bah Humbug – Tis the season to rock the outdoor gift ideas and let that special outdoor someone know just how… Keep Reading


Book Review – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Washington:  Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park By Tami Asars 286 pp. Available through Mountaineers Books for $24.95 Tami Asars is quickly becoming one of the Northwest’s most cherished guidebook writers.  Her latest work will serve as the definitive source for anyone considering hiking Washington’s section of… Keep Reading


Casio Pro Trek PRW3500T-7 Gear Review

Tackling high places with the Casio Pro Trek  PRW3500T-7.  With most people swapping out their watch for time keeping on a smart phone, we often forget that a timepiece is not only a way to make sure you make it to your next meeting, it is a tool to make sure you make it home.… Keep Reading


Glamping Hub

By: Jessica Armstrong Glamping Hub Saying hello to winter and goodbye to summer, is not so hard when campers and travelers can still take advantage of the amazing areas to explore in the PNW. In an area with such a close access to nature and adventure, there is no better time than the present to… Keep Reading

Downlake Northend Lake Chelan, Stehekin NCNP (John Chao 7-17-11)

Five North Cascades Fall Destinations You Can’t Miss

Before the winter snow (and cold rain) starts to make outdoor excursions more a practice of survival than outdoor recreation, checkout Washington’s North Cascades region for wild recreation, wine tasting, and magnificent sightseeing opportunities.  The North Cascades National Park serves as the recreational hub, but outside the park the area comes alive with magical experiences… Keep Reading


UCO X-120R X-ACT FIT Headlamp – Gear Review

I thought my trusty headlamp was comfortable. The elastic strap was snug, adjustable slider adjusted , it was kicked around, dropped in puddles and it still turned on. I also thought sleeping on my foam pad and synthetic bag was optimal as well. Then a great friend of mine donated a mattress to my cause.… Keep Reading

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