Cascade Mountain Tech News

Savoring the Tail End of Ski Season
April 15, 2019

Savoring the Tail End of Ski Season

Not too many years ago, skiing an envy-inducing number of days was easy—I lived near a small-but-entertaining ski hill, had an industry deal with most of the Northeast’s major resorts, was surrounded by people stoked to ski tour, and had a job that didn’t mind if I turned up with my ski boots on, so long as I was on time (or at least close to it). In fact, I could even find a few minutes to give my skis a quick tune at work if I hustled. In recent years, though, life hasn’t allowed triple-digit ski days, ski boots don’t cut it as appropriate workwear, and dull edges and dry bases are more common than I’d like to admit. But one thing that’s remained true through the passage of time is that skiing is still as pleasurable and addictive as ever.

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Views from the Top: Fremont Lookout – Mt. Rainier National Park
April 02, 2019

Views from the Top: Fremont Lookout – Mt. Rainier National Park

Mondays are for the mountains…

As my wife and I make the transition back to life in the Pacific Northwest after a handful of years in Nashville, we made the decision to dedicate our Mondays to the mountains. After all, the Cascade Mountain Range was the leading reason for us to move back to Washington State. It only took a few years away from these great mountains to realize exactly how much they really meant to us, so this time around we are committed to spending even more time in and around these majestic peaks. 

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A Thru-Hiker's Tribute to Trekking Poles
March 18, 2019

A Thru-Hiker's Tribute to Trekking Poles

“Hey, are you taking walking sticks?”

Big Cat’s voice purred over the telephone, his Great Smoky Mountains diction like a good fiddle to my ears.  We were planning to hike from Mexico to Canada along the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  The famed National Scenic Trail climbs into six national parks, 48 federal wilderness areas, and some of the country’s most scenic and beautiful mountain ranges in California, Oregon, and Washington state. 

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Views from the Top: Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Louise
February 11, 2019

Views from the Top: Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Louise

Still half asleep, we sipped our warm coffees watching the fluorescent rainbow expand over the mountains. It was a chilly, cloudy morning, but Kaitlin and I were determined to get an early start on our day. This easily may have been the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen. I enjoyed that it took patience; though we arrived just before sunrise, we had to wait for the sun to move up over the adjacent ridgeline before it began illuminating the mountains around Lake Louise. 

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Ranger Notes: What to do When Encountering Wildlife
January 21, 2019

Ranger Notes: What to do When Encountering Wildlife

Welcome to the first installment of our new ”Ranger Notes” series. In this post, US Forest Service Ranger Jess Trimble shares some tips for staying safe when encountering wildlife. Disclaimer: his is not foolproof advice. Always follow local rules and regulations and consult local ranger stations about how to handle wildlife in the area.

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Views from the Top: Half-Dome, Yosemite National Park
January 03, 2019

Views from the Top: Half-Dome, Yosemite National Park

This summer I've been on a terror to check some things off my bucket list. Despite my fear of heights, Half Dome has always been a destination I've wanted to see. I had been trying for the annual lottery since I first moved to California, and was never lucky enough to pull it off, but last week my friends inspired me to try for the daily lottery when they got selected on a whim.

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Views from the Top: Tank Lakes
November 26, 2018

Views from the Top: Tank Lakes

Smoke from the recent wildfire season had started clearing only days before, but we were finally able to see the deep blue skies that Seattle summers are known for. We were lucky enough to have friends in town and it was obvious we were all antsy to breathe some fresh mountain air and stretch out our stiff legs. Where do you take a Coloradan, two Pennsylvanian globetrotters and a nomadic van-dweller to really “wow” them? We knew just the spot.

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Four Days in the Haze: Camping on Sucia Island
November 14, 2018

Four Days in the Haze: Camping on Sucia Island

For the past two summers, the Pacific Northwest has been inundated by smoke from ever-increasing wildfires, shrouding this scenic region with a thick, choking haze. Living in a constant smokescreen is not only unhealthy, it also saps motivation to get outside and enjoy summer. While we did take this into consideration, we weren’t going to let the smoke ruin our trip to Sucia Island.

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Views from the Top: Glacier Peak Wilderness
October 29, 2018

Views from the Top: Glacier Peak Wilderness

I can remember once staring at the vast beauty of Glacier Peak from high in the North Cascades, thinking how phenomenal it would be to see it from up close. Fast-forward to the present day. I returned home to Seattle after traveling in Southeast Asia for almost two years. I was dying to get back into the forests of the Pacific Northwest and my longing for an adventure to Glacier Peak had only gotten stronger. 

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Views from the Top: Lookout Point – Kings Canyon
October 17, 2018

Views from the Top: Lookout Point – Kings Canyon

In my latest quest to explore more national parks, I recently had a weekend adventure in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. I frequently visit Joshua Tree, and I had visited Zion National Park a few weeks prior, so I was looking forward to heading somewhere that was a little more mountainous and that offered some bouldering and steep hikes with a good amount of elevation gain. These parks delivered.

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Setting Adrift to Fly Fish the Yakima River
October 08, 2018

Setting Adrift to Fly Fish the Yakima River

Thick forest fire smoke hung amongst the ponderosa pines in the late August air as the five of us prepared to launch our boats on the banks of the Yakima River. Danny, Pat, Mike, Josh and myself had been eagerly awaiting this moment for weeks. Camping overnight on a river while shooting photos/video and fly fishing requires a LOT of planning. It didn’t help that we were bringing a pile of gear worthy of a Nat Geo shoot. Cameras, tripods, a drone, camping equipment, gas fireplace, hammocks, 12 rods, Paco the dog, chairs, lanterns, a cooler – the list went on and on. Everything needed to find its place and be waterproofed in case we flipped.

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Views from the Top: Enchanted Valley, WA
September 26, 2018

Views from the Top: Enchanted Valley, WA

It takes a marquee name like Enchanted Valley to coordinate 8 friends across 2 different states to trek into Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Enchanted as this valley may be, the 34-mile round trip price of admission is neither a small feat nor an easy sell to your backpacking buddies. The final destination and trail leading up to the valley, however, is well-deserving of its namesake.

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Spotted on the Trail - September 2018
September 14, 2018

Spotted on the Trail - September 2018

Love is in the air this month, and it was spotted at nearly 8,000 feet up at the summit of Cima de Zita. We are always impressed by where our trekking poles travel with people throughout the world, but they have officially outdone themselves this month! 

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Views from the Top: High Divide Loop, WA
September 05, 2018

Views from the Top: High Divide Loop, WA

The alarm sounded at 3:30am on Sunday, August 12th, and the four of us awoke from our slumber alongside Lake Crescent within the Olympic National Park. We reluctantly began packing up camp so that we could hit the road in order to arrive at the Sol Duc Falls trailhead nice and early to tackle the entire High Divide Loop in a single day. 

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How to use trekking poles
August 20, 2018

How to use trekking poles

Trekking poles are simple to use and provide a lot of support for a walk or hike. If you are a first time user though it may not be so intuitive. We have provided the below guide to help get you started!

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Spotted on the Trail – August 2018
August 17, 2018

Spotted on the Trail – August 2018

We are so lucky to work live and work by so many wonderful hiking trails in the  Pacific Northwest. Today we decided to take a break from working and go visit with those who are venturing to concur the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It was an absolutely beautiful day in the mountains and we met some interesting Pacific Crest Trail folks and got some burning questions answered! 

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Hiking Trekking Pole Poles 3K Carbon Fiber with Cork Grip
August 13, 2018

Introducing the 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Pole

At Cascade Mountain Tech, we now have over 10 different trekking pole options. Choices range to offer varying grip options, shaft materials, and overall construction methods. Our new favorite trekking pole is the premium 3K Carbon Fiber Quick Lock with Cork Grip.

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