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Ravenspeaker Introduction

Ravenspeaker Introduction

I am a traditional Storyteller of the Tsimshian Nation. We are what you folks used to call Northwest Coast Indians.

by January 3, 2011 0 comments Fireside
Five Female Snowshoers Assault Dirty Harry’s Peak

Five Female Snowshoers Assault Dirty Harry’s Peak

It was a typical overcast day in Seattle, when five women set off on the I-90 in search of snow (This year it seems you can’t throw a rock without hitting some, so chances were good!).

by January 3, 2011 0 comments Trails
Getting to Trails Without a Car

Getting to Trails Without a Car

It is possible to be a backpacker without owning a car.

by January 3, 2011 0 comments Earth
I’m Down (feathers) with My Kazoo!

I’m Down (feathers) with My Kazoo!

This year I bought The North Face’s Blue Kazoo for women. It is a great lightweight three-season mummy sleeping bag (and it complements the color of my tent!). While it may not be able to follow you up a mountain all year round (debatable, of course), it is relevant for the other eight or nine months!

by January 3, 2011 0 comments Gear
Mountain Meadow Panorama - Photo by Erika Klimecky

Lightning Bill

Last summer I had an experience I will never forget. No, it wasn’t death defying, altitude record-breaking, or a marathon pack trip. It was an[Read More…]

by January 3, 2011 0 comments Community
Bear Attacks

Bear Attacks

Are there bears? Where are the bears?

by December 9, 2010 0 comments Earth
Birthday Trek to Goldmyer

Birthday Trek to Goldmyer

Going was more difficult than it had to be due to a few simple mistakes on our part.

by December 5, 2010 0 comments Trails

My Favorite Assault Backpack

an ultra light product superior for its intent and audience

by December 5, 2010 0 comments Gear
Top: light meter set normal Bottom: Light meter set to over expose 1 stop - Photo by Erika Klimecky

Shooting in the Snow

You only need to take a few photos in the snow to see it. There are all sorts of problems with shooting photos with all that[Read More…]

by December 3, 2010 0 comments Skills
Plants Backpackers Should Know, Part 2

Plants Backpackers Should Know, Part 2

Guess what? The first food I would look for in a survival situation would be a bunch of cattails. Besides being delicious, they are the quickest way to “fill you up” with sustained energy, because their rhizomes (root structures) and shoots are full of easily-digestible starch. In fact, I’ve actually heard that besides its water content, cattail is 80% carbohydrate, about 7% protein and 13% vitamins and minerals.

by December 3, 2010 0 comments Skills