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


Adventure Medical Kit – Product Review

Earlier this year, I completed a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. I took the course to better equip myself to handle the inevitable blister, falling rock, bug bite or broken bone that many of us face in the backcountry. While the course was helpful in providing some of the basics for safety in the outdoors,… Keep Reading


Fear and Loathing on the Yellowstone River Trail

  The thought “Well that title’s a bit dramatic” probably crossed your mind. Just wait, it gets worse. Backpacking the Yellowstone River trail ranks among one of the most terrifying and exhilarating backpacking experiences of my life.  It was my first time in Yellowstone, and I was about to realize what I’d signed up for. Before even setting… Keep Reading

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Breaking News – Puget Sound Open Water Swim Record Set

A Puget Sound open water swim record was set Sunday when swimmer Erika Norris set a new record for the 10.4 mile Amy Hiland Swim from Bremerton to Alki Point, Wash.  According to the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, the swim took Norris 4:09:20.  The previous record was set in 1959 by Amy Hiland, Hiland… Keep Reading

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Elite DriDown Hoody

Finally, a down jacket that is dressed to impress on the trail; not just the city sidewalk. Avid outdoors enthusiasts flock to down coats because of their exceptional compressibility and impressive warmth-to-weight ratio. However, the age-old issue with down has been that it’s useless when wet. Sierra Designs offers a DriDown alternative that excels in… Keep Reading


Book Review – Awesome Woman’s Outdoor Guide

A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO THE WILD Your Complete Outdoor Handbook By Ruby McConnel and Illustrated by Teresa Grasseschi 287 pp. Available through Sasquatch Books or Amazon for $18.95 As the outdoors increasingly becomes a mystery to our screen bound society, Ruby McConnel writes a practical guide to all the secrets of the wild that beginners… Keep Reading


Backpack Kayaking – Alpine Lake Adventure

As we trekked down the path, the rain created an eerie setting. We’d gotten a late start on our backpack kayaking trip and the sky was rapidly darkening as we scrambled over and under trees that had fallen across the trail. Between blinking the rain away, our eyes struggled to find footing for our feet… Keep Reading


USAF 50 Summits Challenge – Honoring Those That Give So Much

Forget the tiny man-made Space Needle.  When it comes to the Washington State icon, one that can be seen from well over 100 miles away, we’re talking about Mt. Rainier.  For the 24,000 service members and employees on Joint Base Lewis McChord, which is less than 20 miles from the park, it appears bigger than… Keep Reading

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Outdoor Retailer 2016 Editor’s Picks – Main Floor Review

The Outdoor Retailer 2016 Summer Market was a chance for some of the biggest manufacturers in the business to show what is new in the outdoor gear industry.  Read Seattle Backpackers Magazine Editor’s picks and get the inside scoop of what’s to come. If you have never been to the Outdoor Retailer exposition,”OR” for short,… Keep Reading

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