Kayaking 101

Kayaking is one of my favorite summer day activities. Especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest! It’s also an easy hobby to learn, making it a popular outdoor recreational activity. I notice more kayaks popping up on the lakes every year, so now is the time to start! If you are looking to purchase, read my ‘Buying Your First Kayak‘ post. We have several spots to … Continue reading Kayaking 101

Hiking in a Burn Zone

UPDATED: 01/04/2021 Fires are unfortunately becoming more common in our beloved Pacific Northwest. What’s even more frustrating is that 90% of wildfires are human caused. Did you know?! Wildfires can also start from an accumulation of dead matter that ends up creating enough heat to combust and lightening. By September 3, 2019 there were a total of 741 wildfires in Oregon. 574 were human caused … Continue reading Hiking in a Burn Zone

Traditional Camping Checklist

Packing for a vacation can be overwhelming… packing for a camping trip can be even more of a whirlwind depending on where we’re going. I’m probably one of the more organized people I know. Yet somehow, I forget one item 60% of the time—whether it’s something big like my Nikon’s SD card (this has happened more than I’d care to admit) or small like the … Continue reading Traditional Camping Checklist

Adventure Passes for Pacific Northwest Wanderers

UPDATED: 03/28/21 A frequent question I get asked and see online is “what pass should I purchase?” Permits and passes are a common expense that come with the outdoor lifestyle. Not every trailhead requires passes though, so there are areas to explore without one. Wilderness/backcountry permits are another thing. Some permits are free, some aren’t, some are seasonal, some are year-round, it just all depends. What … Continue reading Adventure Passes for Pacific Northwest Wanderers

What’s In My Pack?

UPDATED: June 28, 2020 Items in my backpack can change depending on the trail and season. Longer, less populated hikes (including my winter packs) call for more gear. Shorter, more populated trails don’t require as much. Just because the shorter hikes don’t require as much, doesn’t mean that I don’t take my safety just as serious. Anything can happen on any trail, so it is … Continue reading What’s In My Pack?

Monitor Ridge Trail on Loowit / Mount St Helens

UPDATED: 4/29/21 So, you’re going to climb Mount St Helens, eh? Well that’s probably one of the best ideas you could have! It’s the only non-technical summit climb in the area that doesn’t require you have to have mountaineering gear during the late summer months. However, just because its non-technical doesn’t mean it’s easy. Not only is it physically hard, but it’s mentally difficult as … Continue reading Monitor Ridge Trail on Loowit / Mount St Helens

The Ten Essentials

UPDATED: June 29, 2020 The Ten Essentials… A tad bit of history: the Ten Essentials were made by the Mountaineers and appeared in the third edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills in 1974. While the Ten Essentials should be the core of what you carry, people’s Ten Essentials list can be a bit different. For example, my list is a tad bit longer … Continue reading The Ten Essentials