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healthy habits and benefits of hiking
November 17, 2021

The Health Benefits of Hiking - And Why You Should Consider Celebrating National Take A Hike Day

Why go on a hike? Well, hiking is great not only for your body but also for your mental health. And there are many reasons for this - so in this blog post, we will be highlighting both the mental and physical health benefits of hiking and why you should hit the trail to celebrate National Take a Hike Day this year.

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Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains
October 26, 2021

Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains

Nothing can stop you – you’ve reached the ultimate mind over matter groove. 

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6 Things to Know When Heading Out On Your First Mountaineering Expedition
October 12, 2021

6 Things to Know When Heading Out On Your First Mountaineering Expedition

I’ve officially fallen in love with mountaineering. 

I'm no pro by any means, but I hope by sharing some of the things I've learned in my PNW mountaineering adventures, it might help someone else get a little closer to standing on their first alpine summit.

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What mountaineering adventures do you have planned coming up? Leave us a comment below!

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What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?
September 27, 2021

What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?

What is a monopod? Well, the short answer is - it's the ultimate multi-purpose piece of hiking gear. The long answer is - it's the gear you wish you had when you've found yourself in the backcountry in one of the most stunning backdrops you've ever seen, but a selfie won't cut it, so the only way to get the perfect shot is by turning your trekking pole into a Monopod . . . still confused? Let's break it down.

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What to Know When Choosing a Backpacking Water Filter
August 24, 2021

What to Know When Choosing a Backpacking Water Filter

Backpackers and campers alike will agree a water filter is a must have when on the trail and in the backcountry. Eliminating the need to pack in gallons of water to stay hydrated, a water filter provides all the fresh, drinkable water you need without adding much extra weight to your pack. If you don’t already have a backpacking water filter, this blog will illustrate why it is an essential to always keep around.

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Backpacking 101: How to Prepare for Your First Backcountry Camping Trip
July 20, 2021

Backpacking 101: How to Prepare for Your First Backcountry Camping Trip

Backpacking is an incredible way to experience the backcountry. Check out this comprehensive guide to prepare for your forest backpacking trip. From what gear to bring, to how to pack your backpack, to backcountry cooking, and trail etiquette, we hope this article can be your go-to guide for all things backpacking preparation.

 

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Daughter and father hiking
June 08, 2021

Miles Hiked, Bonds Made: How Training for Mount Rainier Brought Me Closer to My Dad

Having been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have always loved the outdoors. There is a certain kind of peace that can only be found while surrounded by nothing but trees, the mountains, and fresh air. Most of my fondest memories are paired with the smell of forest overgrowth and a little bit of sweat. My memories of climbing Rainier are filled with the same but even better because of the bonding I got to share with my dad along the way.

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Snowshoeing an Alaskan Glacier - Alaska Hike
May 11, 2021

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Alaskan Glacier Edition

Alaska provides no shortage of adventure opportunities for myself and my husband, and we try our best to take advantage of the time we have while living here. To kick off 2021, we hiked to the Grewingk Glacier, which is located right outside of Homer, Alaska and is only accessible by boat or water taxi.  The Grewingk glacier itself is 13 miles long and located in the Kenai Mountains, near Kachemak Bay. 

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Winter Adventures: Tips for Adventuring In Cold Weather from the CMT Outbounders - Winter Camping
January 26, 2021

Winter Adventures: Tips for Adventuring In Cold Weather from the CMT Outbounders

Just because the weather is colder and there may be snow on the ground doesn’t mean the adventures need to stop.  Quite the opposite in fact!  Our Outbounders are vets when it comes to getting outside and turning winter into a wonderland.  We asked our Outbounders how they brave the cold and chase after their favorite winter adventures.  Check out what they had to say! 

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Intro to Solo Backpacking: Tips for Camping Alone in the Backcountry
June 09, 2020

Intro to Solo Backpacking: Tips for Camping Alone in the Backcountry

Thinking about going solo?  Backpacking alone is a rewarding and challenging experience.  Incorporate these camping tips into your planning to stay safe and get the most of your trip. 

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Easy Access Backpacking: A Trip to Shi Shi Beach
September 04, 2019

Easy Access Backpacking: A Trip to Shi Shi Beach

There’s a thrill that comes from seeing the edge of something – a cliff, a horizon, a coastline. That’s it. That’s where it all ends. What’s over the edge? You can google it, sure, or you can let your imagination run for a while. If you’re looking for an all-time edge – a place that really whips the imagination into a frenzy – head to Shi Shi Beach on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Sitting in the upper left corner of the continental United States (yes you can see Canada from the beach), Shi Shi is an accessible backpacking destination ideal for families, novice backpackers and veterans looking to warm up to or unwind from a gnarly season in the backcountry. 

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Solo Backpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness:  A Journey of Self-Care, Summer Snow and Overcoming Fear 
August 21, 2019

Solo Backpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness:  A Journey of Self-Care, Summer Snow and Overcoming Fear 

The great outdoors provide us with the best experiential multi-tool in existence. They offer up a mind-blowingly diverse array of experiences for those who dare to venture out from the comfort of their couch. I go outside for so many different reasons: to have fun, reflect, push boundaries, confront fears, connect to people more deeply, and ultimately to put life into perspective, be humbled and feel small. It was in pursuit of some of these reasons that I found myself packing a bag on a warm Friday evening in mid-July for a trip into the Central Cascades.

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