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Cougars in Heat–a Chilling Encounter!

September 15, 2015

Okay, before I get started here. Absolutely no jokes about attractive older women in pursuit of younger men or randy Washington State University students here. This post is about mountain lions following nature’s orders to make more mountain lions. And it’s about how a few autumns ago I nearly walked in on a mating couple.…

Mille Grazie for a very Successful Hike-A-Thon

September 8, 2015

Wow! The 2015 Washington Trails Association Hike-A-Thon is over. I hiked a total of 201.3 miles and thanks to so many of you raised a grand total of $5255 for our trails!! Yahoo! This is by far my most successful hike-a-thon campaign-and I imagine once all of the numbers are tallied-it’ll be WTA’s most successful…

Okanagan Mountain- A return after the great burn

September 2, 2015

I first visited Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park in the spring of 2003 while researching hikes for my Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest book. Located just 10 miles south of bustling Kelowna; this 27,000-acre (11,000 hectare) park is a hiking haven in the heart of the Canadian Okanagan. Roadless and closed to motorized use; it’s…

Hang Up and Hike!

August 24, 2015

Okay, I admit it—I have my cell phone in my pack when I hike. Mostly because I don’t leave anything of value (even if it is an old flip phone) in my vehicle when I hit the trail. And it is almost always turned off.  But, I have made a few calls from the trail…

The Loneliest Ridge and Valley Trails in the Olympics

August 14, 2015

Image hiking for 22.5 miles—all but one of those miles on maintained trails—in one of the country’s most popular national parks—and encountering only 2 people—and that was at the beginning of the trip. My intrepid Olympic exploring friend Evan and I just finished an incredible one day journey across some of the park’s loneliest terrain—and…

$5.00 and a good guess may get you a brand new pair of Oboz hiking shoes

August 3, 2015

The Washington Trails Association Hike-A-Thon has begun and I am on a quest to hike my butt off spreading the good word about WTA and how they protect our trails—and to raise $5,000 for them. I am currently 60% there on the fundraising and have just begun on the hiking. My good friends at Green…

I Got Caught in a Burning Ring of Fire

August 2, 2015

With this year’s extreme fire danger–it is not only important that you adhere to all sound fire prevention measures–but that you are also fire aware. We usually don’t think much about being caught in a fire–but the danger is very real. Washington Trails Magazine editor Eli Boschetto just recently had a harrowing experience being caught…

A Royal Difference in snow cover

July 22, 2015

So that’s what the small tarn in the upper Royal Basin looks like–and wow is it beautiful! Last week I returned to the Royal Basin in Olympic National Park. It had been 9 years since I had hiked to this rugged beautiful hanging valley in the northeast corner of the Olympics. In 2006 I made…

Hiking among Paedomorphic and Neotonic critters—oh my!

July 12, 2015

  Here are a couple of fifty cents words you can impress (or bore) your hiking friends with over your next post-adventure beer. I recently had an encounter with a paedomorphic critter. They are actually quite common in the Cascades and Olympics of Washington. Just what is paedomorphois? It’s a condition (sometimes referred to as…

The Hardest, Nastiest, Meanest Trail in the Olympics

July 10, 2015

What is wrong with me? What the heck was I thinking? I swore to myself back in July of 2006 never to ever do this trail again. I hated it. It was pure misery. I swore more times on it than I did watching (fill in your favorite team or politician) lose. It was back…