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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

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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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Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 FL

Ultralight. The word doesn’t necessarily invoke comfort or luxury, does it. When shopping around for an ultralight two-person tent, I typically find myself sacrificing comfort to save ounces, losing valuable square-footage until I’m essentially left with a very expensive tarp for one. Not really the investment you want to make. But Sierra Designs challenges the… Keep Reading

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Exploring Iconic Colorado Springs Hikes Like a Local

Colorado Springs, Colo., is often seen as an urban gateway to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. In fact, it is the largest city to border a National Forest in the nation. Such proximity to the outdoors, an increasingly vibrant downtown, and a medium-sized airport draws in an estimated 5.2 million overnight… Keep Reading

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Part 2 – Tami Asars PCT Experience in Her Own Words

Last week we introduced a two-part interview with guidebook writer and photographer Tami Asars.  This week we complete the series with Tami Asars giving us expert advice for trekking Washington’s PCT.  From shoes to pastries, Tami Asars tells us what we need to know to make the most of our own PCT experience. What advice… Keep Reading

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7 Tips to Escape National Park Hiking Crowds

Washington hikers and backpackers are a unique crowd. We have high expectations when it comes to views, trail etiquette, and solitude. We know the good spots and we know the secret spots that we really only mention around close friends. But when we travel out of state, without our local insider information, we can find ourselves… Keep Reading

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Running: Ideal Active Meditation

Have you ever experienced running along a trail, connecting with nature, feeling alive and then having a “break through” moment where your mind clears and your body takes control while you “observe”? This phenomenal experience is called active  meditation (or movement meditation), where the mind, body and soul start performing together and an inner high… Keep Reading

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National Park Centennial – Post Your Best Park Pics

  You may or may not have heard, but 2016 is a special year – the US National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.  Celebrate the National Park Centennial by sharing your best pics from some super scenic spots at some top parks.  Using the Cairn app we’re showing exact spots to get… Keep Reading

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