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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.

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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.

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The desert Southwest is a magical place of extreme contrast and powerful energy. When life throws you some unexpected hits, there really isn’t a better place to find yourself again.

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Ever dreamed of having down booties for your hands? Well, Outdoor Research made your dreams come true with their Transcendent Mitts, which are so packable, lightweight and warm you’ll never leave home without them!

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Lottery and permit applications for popular wilderness areas in Washington open as early as February, which makes it a great time to start planning! Here’s a guide with important dates and details for the most coveted spots in the State.

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A look back at some of my biggest outdoor adventures of 2018, mostly to remote Washington State fire lookouts, and some funny fire lookout bagging stats along the way. What were your big 2018 accomplishments?

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I raided my gear stash to find 20 of the most useful under $20 outdoor items I’ve ever purchased and turned the results into a holiday gift guide. Happy holiday giving!

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Find outdoor meal planning a challenge? Boulder-based Trail Fork creates both pre-packaged and customized outdoor meals with simple, organic ingredients. Their packaging is 100% compostable and they also donate 1% of sales back to the environment.

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Lottery and permit applications for popular wilderness areas in Washington open as early as February, which makes it a great time to start planning! Here’s a guide with important dates and details for the most coveted spots in the State.

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Bear canisters aren’t anyone’s favorite piece of gear, but if you backpack, you’ll eventually have to use one. Read where canisters are required in Washington State, tips for choosing the right one, and why I picked the BearVault BV450.

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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.

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Ticks, mosquitos, and flies can turn a beautiful outdoor adventure into a nightmare. Don’t want to bathe in DEET? Read about Permethrin and Picaridin, non-toxic repellants that actually work, and get tips and tricks for preventing bites.

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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.

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Waterproof boots are a myth. If you spend time on the trail, especially in the PNW, your feet are getting wet, plain and simple. Here are tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to manage wet feet and keep them happy!

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WA State Fire Lookouts

I’m currently on a journey to visit and document all 93 remaining fire lookouts in Washington State!

Lookouts Visited 80
Trail Miles 479
Road Miles 13,298
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 126,053′
And Jake dog (RIP) visited 51!🐾

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