Articles by: Erika Klimecky

Buried in the Sky – Interview with Peter Zuckerman

Buried in the Sky – Interview with Peter Zuckerman

About a year ago, we published a book review for Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2′s Deadliest Day. I recently spoke to Peter Zuckerman, co-author of the book to find out more about his experience with the Sherpas and the Pakistani climbers as he collected information for this book.

by July 29, 2013 0 comments Community, Fireside
Compression Legwear for Better Results

Compression Legwear for Better Results

Runners already know the benefits of compression legwear: Better support and circulation, faster recovery, muscle support, decreased fatigue during a run and relief from shin splints. Competitive athletes in running and biking have probably known about these for a few years. We’re excited that these product are making their way into the backpacking and hiking community as well because they offer tons of perks even for those of us who don’t compete when we’re out on the trail.

by July 26, 2013 0 comments Gear
Stio Origins Jacket Review

Stio Origins Jacket Review

Stio is a brand new company with great outdoor appeal. They just opened their doors in September of 2012 and offer technical, versatile clothing that[Read More…]

by June 21, 2013 0 comments Gear
Local Outdoor Videos – PCT, Olympics and Wonderland

Local Outdoor Videos – PCT, Olympics and Wonderland

Three amazing places we know and love: the Olympic Mountains, the Wonderland trail of Mt Rainier, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Now there are three DVD offerings which cover these famous and beloved trails

by June 18, 2013 0 comments Community, Trails
Sierra Designs DriDown Cloud Puffy Jacket

Sierra Designs DriDown Cloud Puffy Jacket

All in all, the new technology in down is amazing. In Seattle where it’s soggy 10 months of the year, and down-weather for 12, we thank Sierra Designs for making products like this, just for us.

by June 14, 2013 0 comments Gear
Gear Up Expo Wrap

Gear Up Expo Wrap

The expo itself covered every outdoor sport you can imagine, from SCUBA and paddle boarding, to backpacking and mountaineering. There were seminars about things like “Smart Packing for Backpacking” as well as some presentations of faraway places

by June 6, 2013 0 comments Community
World Climbing: Images from the Edge Book Review

World Climbing: Images from the Edge Book Review

Simon Carter’s photography is flawlessly presented and punctuated with short text, just enough to inform and not distract from the beauty that he captures with his camera. He begins in the Blue Mountains of Australia where the introduction of over 2000 routes is enough to whet the climber’s appetite.

by June 5, 2013 0 comments Gear
Recent Trips and Summer Plans

Recent Trips and Summer Plans

Are you planning your high season trips yet? Got any great ideas, or do you need some? Our summer plans bucket list is always growing, but we’re knocking them off the list as well. Some plans are just a weekend escape. We all need those and put them on the calendar as often as possible. Others take more thorough planning and a bigger chunk of time. Regardless of what kind of trip you prefer, there is probably a trip below that will spark your next idea. Keep the list growing and get out there often!

by May 10, 2013 0 comments Trails
Gear Up Expo June 1-2

Gear Up Expo June 1-2

Gear Up Expo is a public trade show focused on outdoor adventure gear and unique destination travel and this is their inaugural year. They’ve put together a great lineup of gear manufacturers, speakers, displays and workshops all with the outdoor enthusiast in mind.

by May 7, 2013 0 comments Community
Everest Anniversary and Fights

Everest Anniversary and Fights

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mt Everest. It’s disheartening, to say the least, that on the anniversary that clouds of malcontent and fist fights (complete with rocks to the head?) would be the topic of conversation, rather than the celebration of a historical conquest.

by May 1, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth