There’s nothing quite as satisfying as telling your friends, “I told you so!” Unless you’re 20 miles from a road, then it’s not satisfying at all.
Here are a few of the sayings that have kept me out of trouble and should increase your chances of a successful trip.
Continue reading “Trail Mantras & Backcountry Aphorisms”
Originally posted on Carryology.
Whether you worry about an earthquake, tsunami, extended power outage, or civil unrest, there are plenty of reasons to have a go-bag ready to get you through the uncertainty of the next 72 hours. There are two huge geologic threats in the PNW that could disrupt my routine at any given moment: Mt Rainier and the New Meridian Fault. Three if we begin to think about the massive infrastructure failures that could develop in the aftermath of either. Long story short, it’s worthwhile to think about what you’re going to do in the event that you need to take care of yourself. Continue reading “The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started”
We’re on to cooler temps and more unpredictable weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang everything up for the season just yet. Fewer people, changing autumn colors, and vast alpine snow fields await! Here’s some tips for keeping warm in your bag as we head into snow camping season! Continue reading “Sleeping Warm: Tips for Winter Camping”
Navigating your wants and needs when packing for a backpacking trip can be a bit of a journey, especially if you don’t have that much experience. Shoot—I’m more experienced than most, and I still get hung up on whether or not I should take a backup lamp… The answer is no. I don’t need that. Continue reading “Going Lightweight: Tips for Getting Started”
On June 30th I went on a hike to Upper Wildcat Lake (UWC) via the Snow Lake Trail Head in Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass region. It’s a beautiful 8-mile hike to a backcountry lake that’s rarely visited, but the first two miles are a super highway to the extremely popular Snow Lake. Snow Lake pulls locals and tourists alike because of its relative easy and huge visual reward. My June 30th hike in wasn’t terrible—maybe a dozen or so folks out on the trail as I made my way in. Continue reading “American Trail Etiquette”
The I-90 corridor is a magical place that injects adventure seekers right into the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near the Snoqualmie region of the Central Cascades. On a good day, you can be hiking within an hour of Seattle. That’s a hard-to-beat commute considering that the views are some of the best in the state (for being right off a major highway). So I’ll tackle these from west to east as we drive out of Seattle and into the mountains. Continue reading “West of the Pass: My 5 Favorite I-90 Hikes”
Have you ever been in a situation where you absolutely needed to start a fire? Me too.
Continue reading “12 Gauge Candles/Fire Starters”