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Articles, mostly about the outdoors.


Musings of a Serial Soloist

I jokingly refer to myself as a serial soloist and think "don't hike alone" is terrible advice. I think the better advice is "never underestimate nature."…

September 24, 2019

The Healing Power of the Desert Southwest

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. …

April 11, 2019

The Wild Olympics

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?…

August 22, 2018

My dad, my outdoor hero!

Who inspires you to get out and explore? My outdoor hero is my amazing 70-year old dad who is living proof that staying fit and having an intrepid spirit keeps you eternally youthful. …

March 30, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas That Make a Difference

Giving back is one of the most important things we can do during the holiday season! Check out these 5 gift ideas that help make the world a better place without the accumulation of more "stuff".…

November 28, 2017

When Your Best Adventure Buddy Grows Old

11 years ago I walked into an animal shelter and came home with Crazy Jake dog. In the years since he's become my peakbagging partner, camping companion, and road trip co-pilot. I can't think of a single memory without him! Here's the story of…

July 25, 2017

What I Learned From a Weekend of Silence

Last summer I did something completely crazy: I spent 3 days at a silent yoga/meditation retreat. What I thought would be my worst idea ever actually became my best. I learned a lot about myself, rebooted my brain, sharpened my senses, and experienced first-hand…

January 12, 2017

An Inside Look at King County Search and Rescue

I think it's easy for most of us to support our local search and rescue teams, but it's tough to grasp the level of effort required for a rescue. Some friends and I played mock victims for a large avalanche training exercise and witnessed…

February 25, 2016

John Muir Trail, Here I Come!

Friday I start a 220 mile backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail. I'm both excited and terrified. What did I get myself into this time?!…

August 12, 2015