How do you define your passion? Are you a hiker, climber, skier, and mountaineer? Or do you simply wrap them under “adventurer” and “outdoor enthusiast”? What experience and what at what level of mastery are you allowed to proclaim that title? A few days before Christmas, I was in a Seattle coffee shop with my friend, Beth […]Read more "What’s In A Name?"
If there is one item in my closet that I cherish above all others, its my collection of puffy jackets. Whether I’m on a cold belay ledge, snowshoeing through the backcountry, or commuting to work on cold, short, November Seattle days, my puffys keep me toasty and dry all day long. When the North Face […]Read more "The North Face Thermoball Remix Jacket Review"
Every year we see new products all across the outdoor industry. Every niche is filled, from hydration, to salves and balms, packaging, and the gear for outdoor exploration. Cairn is a new box-subscription service was developed with a simple idea: Get people excited not only about the outdoors, but also excited to use their gear. […]Read more "Introducing Cairn: A New Delivery Service For Cool Outdoor Products"
Adventure is best when it’s off the grid, completely improvised, imperfect, and when it comes with a big surprise at the end. My friend Anh, who up until now I’d only known through the online #HikerChats asked me if I wanted to fly out to Moab and hike a 22-mile loop around Canyonlands National Park. […]Read more "Lost and Found In The Canyonlands"
When people tell me to go to hell: Usually in the form of people cutting me off on the interstate, I take it with a shrug, a fist, or a vigorous shaking of the head. When my friend Adam of Hiking The Trail approached me and asked me if I’d like to join a trip […]Read more "#HellHikeAndRaft: To Hell With Pleasure"
Recently, I was asked a question that I hadn’t thought about in a long time. It seems strange that as someone who spends as much time in the mountains as I do I hadn’t really thought about it before: How do you train? Truth is, I don’t. So how can I call myself athletic if […]Read more "The Anti-Training Movement"
For the last three months I’ve been dealing with often debilitating knee pain after hikes. It happened in October after coming off of Gothic Basin and it happened again two weeks ago at Rattlesnake Ledge. The uphill for me is always the easiest as I’m putting less pressure on my joints, but after the break, it would […]Read more "Dealing With Knee Pain"