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


Intro to Ski Touring

Is this the year you start ski touring?  As the weather cools, the leaves change, and the clouds roll in, true PNW folk delve into the joys of fall.  A sense of festivity floats in the air this time of year.  We enjoy long drives full of dark colors, excessive coffee consumption, apple pie, and pumpkin picking. … Keep Reading


Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad – Gear Review

The Test  The Klymit Static V2 sleeping pad accompanied me on two camping trips, one backpacking in the Mt. Baker backcountry, and one car camping in the Teanaway Community Forest. Setting up site at 5450ft near Park Butte fire lookout, rangers alerted me that temperatures would be dropping below freezing on an already rainy night… Keep Reading

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G-Shock RANGEMAN Master – Gear Review

The G-Shock RANGEMAN Master or G-GW9400-3 is definitely a niche watch in today’s smartwatch world. Let me start by saying I put this watch through the gauntlet over the past three months, this watch has been with me on some hardcore downhill MTB rides, several triathlons, ice climbing, and a proper backpacking trip in Alaska.… Keep Reading


Adventures in Yellowstone’s Black Canyon: The Trail to Nowhere

This was one of the most terrifying and exhilarating backpacking experiences of my life. It was my first time in Yellowstone’s Black Canyon, and I was just starting to realize what I’d signed up for.  Sulfur smelling rivers, bones littering the ground, and meandering game trails – just another day in the Yellowstone backcountry.  You… Keep Reading

Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe

Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe – Gear Review

Approach any challenge with the Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX.  If you are climbing on one of the Pacific Northwest’s magnificent peaks, you might find yourself on long approach hikes that take you through rain forests, scrambling over sketchy rock outcroppings, and through numerous creeks and snowfields.  One solution to this problem is to wear your… Keep Reading


Sol Escape Lite Bivvy – Product Review

In the wild with the Sol Escape Lite Bivvy.  If you are sleeping in a bivvy, chances are your day did not go as planned. Often overlooked as a part of the 10 Essentials, a lite bivvy or emergency shelter is crucial for staying warm, dry, and comfortable. Well, as comfortable as you can be… Keep Reading


The Hiking Brain – Boost Your Creativity and Happiness

  Outdoor exercise can do more for your brain than just the familiar runners-high.  Most of us have experienced a euphoric feeling while on the trail or reaching the summit of a difficult climb.  These pleasurable feelings are a result of a complex interaction of chemicals in the brain.  The hiking brain uses endorphins to… Keep Reading


SunRidge Farms Trail Mix – Product Review

Fueling outdoor adventures with calories is usually a bland task occasionally punctuated with a minimal spice kit and your choice of hot sauce.  Nothing is more of a staple in outdoor adventures than a bag of trail mix.  In 16 years of outdoor excursions, I have tasted many types of mixes that were all pretty… Keep Reading


EcoZoom Dura Rocket – The Ideal Base Camp Stove

This nifty cast iron stove from EcoZoom is called the Dura Rocket.  The compact and durable Dura Rocket might become the ideal addition to your next base camp adventure, or simply a new way to experience cooking in your own back yard. Utilizing biomass fueled heat (dead tree branches/ yard clippings/ wood chips) the Dura combines an abrasion-resistant and…… Keep Reading

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