Articles by: Melissa Farage

Third Beach to Strawberry Point

Third Beach to Strawberry Point

The Olympic Coast boasts some of Washington’s most beautiful and challenging terrain, offering stunning vistas no matter the season or weather. While the coast is[Read More…]

by August 19, 2014 0 comments Trails
PowerPot V Review

PowerPot V Review

It can be the bane of a backpacker’s existence: you’re out on a multi-night backpack and your cell phone’s battery dies. Depending on the situation[Read More…]

by July 30, 2014 0 comments Gear
2-person, 3-season tent

Brooks Range Tension 30 Review

Brooks Range has done the seemingly impossible—cramming a roomy, comfortable tent into one very small, very light package. When I first received the Brooks Range[Read More…]

by July 16, 2014 0 comments Gear
Ape Canyon Trail

Ape Canyon Trail

Mt. St. Helens offers a wide variety of adventures for those who are looking to get away from the claustrophobic northwest trail. Nine miles from[Read More…]

by June 11, 2014 0 comments Trails
Paca Pride's visitor center and main lodge.

Paca Pride Guest Ranch

Each year, hundreds of thousands of hikers, backpackers and tourists flock to Washington’s Mountain Loop to enjoy the area’s unique history and national attractions. While[Read More…]

by June 5, 2014 0 comments Community
South Fork Skokomish River Trail

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

With the mountains still under a frozen snow and spring avalanche dangers in the red, hikers and backpackers often find themselves looking for an alternate[Read More…]

by April 28, 2014 0 comments Trails
Kelty Ignite 0° DriDown sleeping bag Review

Kelty Ignite 0° DriDown sleeping bag Review

We are all familiar with the down verses synthetic sleeping bag debate. Each fill has its advantage and its disadvantage. So which to choose? Down sleeping bags are often go-to choices for backpackers because the fill offers more insolation for the weight, and is far more compressible than synthetic fill. Unfortunately, those of us who live in damp climates can often find themselves shortchanged by down sleeping bags. Once down gets wet, it loses much of its insulation power and—well, you may find yourself wishing you had bought a different bag.

by February 11, 2014 0 comments Gear
Bogs Boot Review

Bogs Boot Review

If you’re looking for an everyday light utility boot, look no farther than Bogs. Bogs transforms the old and overdone rain boot, taking the Seattle staple to a new level.

by May 6, 2013 0 comments Gear
Dirty Harry’s Peak

Dirty Harry’s Peak

Named after the infamously fearless logger Harry Gault, the trail follows an old logging road, leading to the famous balcony and eventually the mountain peak. Dirty Harry’s Peak is an excellent choice for spring hiking. Located to the east of Mailbox Peak, this 4,700-foot mountain offers a delightful balance of bare trail and snow.

by July 3, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week
Kigo Flit Shoes

Kigo Flit Shoes

From hiker chique to business casual, Kigo’s Flit shoes will have you covered wherever you roam. With their unique Mary Jane design, the Flit shoes may look like a flimsy ballet flat. But looks can be deceiving. While I was first dubious about the shoes’ durability, after a wealth of testing I found that this barefoot shoe could hold up to whatever test I put them through. From the cobblestones of Europe to the Cascades’ twisting trails, Kigo’s Flit shoes provided me with comfort and a one-of-a-kind fit.

by June 25, 2012 0 comments Gear