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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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Gear Reviews

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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Gear Reviews

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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Stories

The Wild Olympics campaign would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 19 rivers and their tributaries as Wild And Scenic Rivers. What does the natural beauty of the Olympics mean to you?

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Adventures

Triple digit temps, thunderstorms, fires, and horseflies…. the reason I oftentimes have a Plan E when heading out for a weekend lookout bagging adventure!

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Adventures

Tales of surviving a remote hike in near triple digit temps and finally checking off a summit that has evaded me for four years!

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Adventures

The Blue Mountains of southeast Washington span 4,000 square miles of land and contain open ridges, big mesas, deep canyons, natural springs, loads of wildlife and surprising solitude. This wilderness is one of Washington’s best surprises!

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Adventures

An incredible 30+ mile ultralight overnight to Miner’s Ridge Lookout, deep in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. This was lookout #46 for me and I enjoyed not only surprising solitude, but one of the most fantastic mountain sunrises I’ve ever seen!

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Gear Reviews

Are the StormTracker heated gloves from Outdoor Research worth their spendy price tag? Find out when I put them to the test!

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How To's

Is backcountry skiing or snowboarding on your list of things to do? Not sure how to get started or make the transition from inbounds? As a new backcountry snowboarder, I’ve learned a lot that can help others with backcountry aspirations or who are new to the sport.

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Trip Guides

Hot springs have been used as a natural medicine for centuries and are rich in minerals that increase blood flow and circulation. If you’re looking for a fun adventure and a little warmth, soak your way to better health by visiting one of Washington’s natural hot springs. These three springs offer a little something for everyone and have an incredible history.

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Ticks, mosquitos, and flies can unfortunately 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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How To's

The 10 essentials get a lot of press, but what about safety gear for your vehicle? Lots of scenarios can leave you stranded unexpectedly—a blown tire, inclement weather, challenging terrain, or simply bad directions. Check out this list of vehicle safety items that can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.

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How To's

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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WA State Fire Lookouts

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

Lookouts Visited 61
Trail Miles 330
Road Miles 10,175
Paddling Miles 17
Elevation Climbed 89,473′
And Jake dog has 40!🐾

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