Spending my winter as a volunteer snow tracker for Conservation Northwest was an amazing experience. I not only learned basic animal tracking skills, but I also learned how to see wildlife and our wild spaces from a whole new perspective.
Last weekend I did a one-way 22-mile bike ride on the Cascades to Palouse State Park Trail from Renslow to the Columbia. This amazing rail trail takes you on a fantastic tour of Washington’s scrublands and railway history, though rockfall is a real concern in areas.
If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.
What would happen if you were stranded overnight on your next hike or trail run? Would you be adequately prepared? Carrying essential gear, even on a short outing, increases your safety margin and can even make the difference between life and death.