Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vibrobarefoot Trail Freak hiking shoe review

Article published on Seattlebackpackers.com

Upon initial inspection, the Vivobarefoot Trail Freak looks like just a water shoe; colorful, flexible and breathable – unlike any hiking shoe I’ve ever worn. When first trying them out, I felt as though I was walking around with nothing but thick socks on my feet! The Trail Freak is truly fundamentally different from what many of us have come to expect in a shoe. Read More.......

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jimminy Fluffer Episode 1: This gets my goat! Sea Lions in hot water



This is the first episode of my new Youtube show: Jimminy Fluffer, which will discuss a variety of conservation and outdoor related subjects. This episode concerns the plight of the Columbia River Sea Lions and Old Growth Forests. Please like, subscribe, and comment on Youtube!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wildflowers and Waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge

Published at seattlebackpackersmagazine.com
I’m an impatient hiker; I don’t care for the long wait till the snow melts and flowers bloom in the high country. When the first warm sunlight of spring breaks through the rain clouds of winter, I want to hit the trail, and not the dim forest paths to which I have been restricted throughout the winter. To get my fix of open air, wide views, flowers, falls and bright sunshine there is but one destination that beckons: the Columbia Gorge. Read More.........

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring flowers

Maple Flowers
Spring is here! A joyful cry for all who have longed for the color rushing through the land in a tide of green leaves and rainbow blossoms. Though the height of the spring bloom has not yet showered us with its most spectacular display, the first flowers have risen from the mud like the vanguard of some sylvan army.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Saddle Mountain

Published at seattlebackpackersmagazine.com
Ascend to alpine prairies and far ranging views atop Saddle Mountain, the highest and most northerly summit of the Oregon Coast Range.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

What's in a name - Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest

Mt. Rainier
A controversy that has swirled, mist-like, about the peaks and valleys from Oregon to Alaska is that of the names of the great mountains that stand like guardian angels over the forests and fields of the Pacific Northwest. Christened with the names of admirals, presidents, and close friends by European explorers, there have always been a few who have argued that these mountains should instead be referred to by their original monikers given to them by the local tribes that inhabited the region before the pioneers.