As much as I was always fascinated with climbing when I was growing up, I was just as fascinated with skiing. My one and only experience came when I was three years old in upstate New York. It resulted in a 10 minute slide down a small hill that didn’t even reach the bunny slope, […]Read more "What I’ve Learned About Myself Through Skiing"
With today’s arctic blast that is covering most of the United States, staying warm and dry is absolutely crucial. Minimizing the amount of moisture and sweat on the body and eliminating potential threats that can bring down the core body temperature is essential. For outdoor enthusiasts and high altitude adventurers, the three layer clothing system […]Read more "The Three Layer System: How To Stay Light And Warm"
As the alpinists and ice climbers sharpen their tools and snowboards and skis are waxed, GORE-TEX® in conjunction with the American Alpine Club held a launch event Thursday night in Seattle to showcase how the manufacturers are making winter shells softer, lighter, and more waterproof than ever before. It was a chance to connect with climbers […]Read more "Winter Preview: GORE-TEX® and The American Alpine Club Get Climbers Excited On New Gear"
The harness is hung up, the rope is coiled, the tent and sleeping back lie neatly tucked in the corner of my closet. As the snow dominates the Cascades, the fog and cold weather rolls over Seattle, the trails too fragile and snow packed to get very high, it’s a low point in my outdoor […]Read more "Dealing With the Break: How I’m Preparing for an Epic Winter"
With National Park Week coming up, it’s essential to have all your tools ready. One of the most useful devices you can have outdoors is the invaluable smartphone. I’ve heard the opposition from the purists who say that we should abhor technology in the wild, but if used responsibly it can be an extremely valuable […]Read more "There’s an App for That: Five Apps For the Outdoors Season"
I’m going way too fast. My thoughts were racing as my snowboard careened down the crowded slope. Sure this was considered the green slope, but as a novice snowboarder, my control was based on luck, and stopping usually meant plowing into some unlucky skier. As I picked up speed, the snow, a fresh powder that […]Read more "On Thin Ice: A Snowboarding Weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee"