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Write on! Join me for an environmental writing workshop at Seattle’s Burke Museum

March 16, 2015

I’m pretty excited to be part of an award-winning trio of authors that will be conducting an all day environmental writing workshop at Seattle’s Burke Museum this April 12th. If you’re an outdoors writer, a student of writing, or want to be an outdoors writer, please consider signing up and joining us for this workshop.…

New Path–Same Dangerous Traverse

March 8, 2015

Back in 2006 I swore never to hike up Olympic National Park’s Pyramid Peak again? Why? Certainly not because of the beautiful old-growth forest, historic fire lookout and breathtaking views of Crescent Lake below–those are all good reasons to make the grunt up this peak. The reason was that the section across a huge slide…

Mangia Bene

February 6, 2015

Being Italian American, the first Italian word my Nona taught me was mangia-which in the command form means, Eat! And oh how I love to eat! If I wasn’t a hardcore hiker and runner, I fret over what my hardcore eating would do to my body. But aside from eating for basic functioning and for…

Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands has been released!

May 29, 2014

At last–my Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands guidebook is available. I just received my review copy and the book is now busily making its way into bookstores and retail centers across the Northwest. As with my 11 previously authored and co-authored books, I am proud of the work that I put into making this…

Never Cry Wolf Again

May 10, 2014

The environmental community lost two great and prolific writers these past two weeks, Peter Matthiessen and Farley Mowat. While many of my  contemporaries reflected on the influences that Mr Matthiessen had on them and their writings and conservationism–it was Mowat that had the most profound effect on me. It was back in 1982 when my…

Buen Camino 21st Century Pilgrims

April 29, 2014

This weekend I along with my wife and a group of friends watched at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theater, the new film Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. It was an engaging and fascinating film shining light on six modern day pilgrims from different backgrounds-walking for different reasons on El Camino de Santiago (The way of…

Backcountry Insider

April 27, 2014

As if I am not busy enough researching and writing books and my regular features-that I have decided to take on a NEW project! I have joined the fun and intrepid folks at Scenic Washington State to be their Backcounty Insider. What does that mean? I will be periodically contributing articles about some of my…

Need Your Trail Fix Now?

April 4, 2014

Okay, you have all of my books (thanks!), but your trail fix is insatiable. You need more trail info and you need it now! Where can you get it? Well aside from waiting for my next book (thanks again), I write several regular columns where you can find up-to-date trail info, more info on trails…

Avy Advice–snow go or no go

March 8, 2014

I love winter. I love snow.  And I love winter sports! I grew up in New Hampshire where we had a saying that the weather there consisted of 11 months of winter and one month of damn poor sledding. Point-when you live in an area that has real winters, those winters can be long unless…

Smash and Grab! What’s a hiker to do?

March 3, 2014

There’s nothing like spending a day on the trail deep in the wilderness far from the ills of modern society–to return to your vehicle at the trailhead to see that the ills of modern society have paid you a visit. Car break-ins,  smash-and-grabs, car clouting-whatever you want to call it is far too common at…