Articles by: Douglas Malott

Firestarter- Vaseline Cotton Balls

Firestarter- Vaseline Cotton Balls

Usually I don’t have much use for firestarters as moss, twigs and other debris always find their way into my hands along with my trusty lighter. But in 2013 I decided I wanted to experiment with firestarters. After asking a couple fellow employees about how to make sawdust firestarters, the conversation turned to a firestarter I hadn’t heard of before; cotton balls and Vaseline.

by March 7, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Grand Valley Northern Olympic National Park

Grand Valley Northern Olympic National Park

Grand Valley is a treasure!! This gem in the Northern Olympics is a must for anyone who enjoys spending time in the beautiful majestic Olympic Mountains.

by December 20, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Mildred Lakes: Skokomish Wilderness

Mildred Lakes: Skokomish Wilderness

After crossing the creek you gain the largest amount of elevation very quickly. Switchbacks are difficult enough by themselves, and these also come with roots and a couple of areas where hands are needed for scrambling. A 1,000 feet are quickly gained in less than a mile (from 3,000 to 4,000 feet).

by September 24, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Mount Rose: Olympic National Park

Mount Rose: Olympic National Park

Mount Rose, trail 814, is found in the Southern tip of the Olympic Mountains. If you’re looking for wonderful views of the Southern Olympic Mountains[Read More…]

by July 17, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Snowshoeing Coldwater Lake Loop – Mt St Helens

Snowshoeing Coldwater Lake Loop – Mt St Helens

Winter’s harshness hasĀ ended, by calendar only. Keep your fingers crossed. If your like me, your screaming for spring, and especially summer!! Winter still has it’s[Read More…]

by April 10, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails

Lake Constance, Olympic National Park

Lake Constance is deep and provides life to many brook trout. I made the mistake of not packing my fishing rod, but next time there will be a fish fry for dinner. The avalanche canyon starts just behind the lake. Hiking up the canyon brings amazing views of Mt Constance’s and Lower Constance’s crags.

by February 8, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails

Royal Lake

Royal Lake is small with several campsites but the upper basin above the lake is pristine. Campsites are plenty here as mountain meadows run wild. Tarns spread out along the meadows fed by clear mountain snowmelt. Exploring is all one can think about as camp is set up. You’ll hate the idea of hiking back out after seeing Royal Lakes magnificent alpine scenery.

by December 12, 2011 0 comments Trail of the Week