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10 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Mountaineer

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So you want to be a mountaineer. I bet you’ve seen amazing pictures of epic ascents of Himalayan peaks. You’ve probably watched a reality show or two starring a survival expert. Maybe you’ve even gone on some pretty sweet hikes yourself. But do you really know what it’s like to be a mountaineer? Here’s 10 things you need to know before you commit to the lifestyle. 1. The weather will not always be perfect. In your heart you already know this, but since most of the pictures and videos we…read more

Getting Deep in Volcano Country – The Guler Ice Caves

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The Pacific Northwest is volcano country. We’re constantly reminded of this by the presence of mountains like Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and, of course, Mount Saint Helens. Their peaks, with attendant craters, some still steaming, are always on the horizon even if the clouds sometimes hide them. However, not all the volcanic history is above ground. The mountains are full of lava tubes and many are easily accessible and ready for exploring. The Ape Caves of Mount Saint Helens are well known and there’s a National Park Service unit built…read more

What’s holding you back from backpacking with your kids?

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It’s not that hard. Really. Backpacking with kids doesn’t take a super human effort and the rewards are immeasurable. Here are a few tips to get you and your family out there. Start with something you love. Something you really love. Kids are little polygraphs; they can totally tell when you’re faking it. If you love the beach, start there. If you love the mountains, go there. But don’t start by circumnavigating Vancouver Island’s beaches or climbing Kilimanjaro. Start small. Just a few miles to some place you’ve already scouted….read more

Backpacking Happens In Winter Too — Grab Some Snowshoes

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Backpacking season doesn’t end when the snow starts falling. It just means there’s extra gear to pack. And if I’m going to carry extra gear I want a great backpack. We started well after sunset with snow falling lazily from the dark sky. Four of us planned to snowshoe up from Snoqualmie Pass to spend the night on a knob overlooking the Pass. It’s a perfect destination as it combines an adventurous ascent (especially in the dark) and easy access back down in case anything went sideways. What You’ll Need…read more

Six Things You Might Not Know About Hiking Cannon Beach

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My philosophy can be summed up as, “Going new places is fun.” Like going to Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast. Technically, it’s not new since I was there in high school, but since that was approximately a million years ago it hardly counts. Oops, I left part of my philosophy unwritten. “Going new places and hiking there is fun.” So yeah, we went to the beach and then we went hiking. Don’t blame me. I’m contractually obligated to go hiking. That’s the price of being a Deuter Ambassador. (Deuter provided…read more