Cascade Mountain Tech News

A Parent’s Advice for Getting Outside with a Special Needs Kid
November 17, 2020

A Parent’s Advice for Getting Outside with a Special Needs Kid

While the idea of stepping out into the unknown with special needs can feel daunting (at best), the benefits far outweigh the challenges.  I’m sure you know how research has shown the benefits of the outdoors physically, mentally, socially - how much more so for our kids who need extra attention in those areas!  Hiking with our kids with special needs can even boost their self-esteem and increase their attention span.  So, here are some tips and encouragement to get you and your family out the door and back on the trail.

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How to be Conscious of Special Needs Hikers and Campers
November 10, 2020

How to be Conscious of Special Needs Hikers and Campers

I share Cascade Mountain Tech’s heart for achievable adventure, and the strong belief that the outdoors should be accessible for everyone.  I’m excited to contribute to their family hiking resources by sharing how you can make a difference in inclusion on the trail.

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What to Pack for Fishing (Other Than a Pole)
October 27, 2020

What to Pack for Fishing (Other Than a Pole)

When it comes to fishing opportunities, at the Cascade Mountain Tech headquarters we like to think we’re pretty spoiled. The Seattle area boasts numerous fisheries from small mountain trout streams, lakes, summer and winter steelhead runs, and year-round saltwater fishing in the Puget sound. With so many opportunities to get out on the water, it can be hard to know what to pack for a fishing trip.

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An Outdoor Recreationalist's First Elk Hunt
October 20, 2020

An Outdoor Recreationalist's First Elk Hunt

Before August, I had never been hunting before in my life. That all changed when I started talking to my best friend and primary mountain partner, Taylor Bentz. The more we talked, the more my interest was piqued. So Taylor invited me out to join him on an elk hunt in southeast Idaho. This is what I learned.

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Gone with the Wind: Tales and Tips from a Trip to Wyoming's Wind River Range
October 06, 2020

Gone with the Wind: Tales and Tips from a Trip to Wyoming's Wind River Range

Wyoming’s Wind River Range, or the Winds for short, is a mecca for adventurers who seek a dramatic and desolate backcountry experience. Armed with several years of experience and an insatiable hunger for adventure, my travel buddy Trevor and I set out to backpack over 55 miles in a six day span in the Wind River Range. 

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Views from the Top: Precipice Lake via the High Sierra Trail
September 29, 2020

Views from the Top: Precipice Lake via the High Sierra Trail

This summer I had my eye on backpacking the High Sierra Trail from Sequoia National Park to Precipice Lake and back, a journey totaling in 38+ miles. It had been under snow for most of the summer and there had been trail damage due to a heavy winter, but as soon as the trails were clear, I got a 3-day backpacking trip on the books. 

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Lessons Learned While Van Camping in Moab
September 15, 2020

Lessons Learned While Van Camping in Moab

I woke to the sound of loud rapping on the window of our van, with police lights flashing behind the curtains. I could barely register my husband nudging me through my sleepy haze, as the pounding on the window got louder. “Wake up!” Callan said, and as I sat up, it dawned on me that we were in trouble.

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hiking with trekking poles
September 08, 2020

Choosing Trekking Poles: Aluminum or Carbon Fiber

You’ve likely seen trekking poles made of two main materials: aluminum and carbon fiber, and you've likely found yourself asking, "What's the difference between these two?" and "What are the tradeoffs and benefits of each?" In this piece we’ll answer these questions, and more, so you can find the trekking poles that are perfect for your adventures.

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What to Bring on a Hike With Your Dog (Packing List Included)
August 25, 2020

What to Bring on a Hike With Your Dog (Packing List Included)

We’ve compiled a list of tips for how to pack when you’re going hiking with your dog as well as a comprehensive packing list for day hikes with your dog. Save this page in your bookmarks and you’ll never leave home unprepared when you head out for a hike with your dog.

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How to Responsibly Hike With Your Dog: 5 Tips for Safety and Trail Etiquette
August 18, 2020

How to Responsibly Hike With Your Dog: 5 Tips for Safety and Trail Etiquette

If you plan on hiking with your dog, be sure you know the fundamental rules of the trail. Whether you’re prepping for your first hike or you just need a refresher, the tips in this article will get you ready to hit the trail with your dog responsibly.

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The Hiker Trash Commandments: 7 Tips for First-Time Thru-Hikers
August 11, 2020

The Hiker Trash Commandments: 7 Tips for First-Time Thru-Hikers

So you’re thinking about doing a thru-hike? There is some basic info and helpful hints that every first time thru-hiker should know. Follow these “7 Hiker Trash Commandments” and your first thru-hike will be a little less of a sufferfest.

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Car Camping Tips: 7 Simple Hacks for Better Campouts
July 14, 2020

Car Camping Tips: 7 Simple Hacks for Better Campouts

As you plan your next four-wheeled foray into the wild, keep these seven simple car camping hacks on hand.  They’ll make your travels on the road more enjoyable and your time at camp more comfortable. 

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Essential Camping Gear for Small Kids (and What Can Wait 'til They're Older)
June 23, 2020

Essential Camping Gear for Small Kids (and What Can Wait 'til They're Older)

After spending the last couple years getting outdoors with our son and testing out a bunch of camping gear for kids. We’ve figured out what gear works, what doesn’t, what he prefers and what we can leave at home or ditch all together. Here is our list of must-have camping gear for young children.

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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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Lesser Known Thru-Hikes in the United States
June 09, 2020

Lesser Known Thru-Hikes in the United States

While many thru-hikers see trails like the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails as the ultimate in thru-hiking adventures, there are dozens of lesser-known routes that lead through the spectacular wilderness all around North America. Whether you are looking for a hike that lasts a few days or a trail that you’ll explore for months, I have gathered eight of my favorite lesser-known thru-hiking routes that are sure to stoke your wanderlust.

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campers hiking in the desert
May 26, 2020

Desert Camping 101: How to Survive while Camping in the Desert

Like any backcountry area, deserts present risk. But an understanding of basic best practices as well as some location-specific research will prepare you to have a safe and memorable trip.

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waterfall at havasupai
May 12, 2020

Your Desert Oasis Awaits at Havasupai

Havasupai was always on my bucket list of places to visit. All the photos and videos that I have seen made it seem too good to be true, but in reality, no photos or videos can really do Havasupai justice. Imagine my excitement when a friend called and told me she had won the permit lottery for four camping permits! 

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creative storage for ski boots in small apartment
May 05, 2020

How to Organize Your Camping Gear at Home (Even in a Small Apartment)

My camping gear storage is not only dialed, it beautifully highlights for house guests what we’re passionate about.  Whether heading out for a day-hike, a weekend of car camping or even a multi-day ski tour trip - having our gear easily accessible makes packing easy and even fun (okay, maybe just for a gear nerd)!  Follow these steps and you too, can have well organized camping gear, even in a small apartment.

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marshmallows on a backyard campfire
April 21, 2020

9 Ways to Adventure Without Leaving Your House: Backyard Camping, Campfire Cooking & More

What are the best ways to adventure in the Great Indoors? These at-home camping ideas will kickstart your adventure.

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couple watches movie while camping
April 14, 2020

Best Outdoor Content to Watch on Streaming Services

Break out the sleeping bag and camp chairs.  Grab the marshmallows and graham crackers.  Here are the best movies and shows for outdoor lovers that you can watch online right now.

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gear check before going camping with the dogs
April 07, 2020

The Camping Gear that Should be in Every Home Survival Kit

The organized among us already keep our camping gear ready, grab bag-style, so we can hit the road the moment wanderlust strikes. Applying the same preparedness to our home emergency kit is the best way to cover our bases should things go sideways, a-la COVID-19, or worse. Here are 5 pieces of camping gear that everyone should have in their home emergency kit.

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hiker practices social distancing on the trail during COVID-19
April 01, 2020

Hiking Etiquette in the Time of Social Distancing

Quarantine isn't exactly our cup of camp coffee. Luckily, many states still have hiking trails open to the public during COVID-19. What better way to get out of the house for some socially distant exercise than a hike? Before you hop in the car and jet to the trailhead, make sure you know the social distancing trial etiquette needed to keep yourself and your fellow hikers safe and healthy.

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national park covid-19
March 26, 2020

National Park and State Park Closures Related to COVID-19

For outdoor lovers, quarantine can feel extra quarantine-y.  Social distancing sounds like a codeword for camping to us.  But in looking for information about the status of national parks and state parks, we found the answers to be scattered and hard to track. To help you adventure responsibly during the coronavirus pandemic, we put together this comprehensive guide to park closures, updates, and resources.

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What to Know When Buying a Cooler for Camping - Car Camping Cooler
March 24, 2020

What to Know When Buying a Cooler for Camping

When it comes to buying a cooler, it’s important that you get the very best camping cooler for the money.  Premium cooler technology has become widely available to the point where you can get elite performance without putting a chill through your bank account.  But what features really matter?  What should you be looking for when shopping for a camping cooler?  Do you need to break the bank or can your camping adventures be fully supported by an affordable rotomolded cooler?

Here are the features to know as you shop for your cooler and why they’re important.

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