Friday, November 7, 2014

Coldwater Lake

Published in Seattle Backpackers Magazine

The shimmering waters of the Fjord ripple below ragged, tundra-clad peaks, its waters lined by the stunted forest of the high arctic. The lonely cry of a Loon echoes across from a far shore and, seemingly in answer, a mournful howling sounds from the autumn-tinted copses of alder and wind-blown firs. Where is this rugged wilderness, you ask? Is it some forsaken corner of Alaska, accessible only by the most intrepid of bush pilots? Or is it, perhaps, one of many fjords in the troll-haunted wilderness of Norway, Svalbard, or Iceland? It is, in fact, Coldwater Lake, situated smack dab in our own proverbial backyard; an Arctic paradise created by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Read More.......

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brenthaven Velo Backpack Review

Check out my review of the Brenthaven Velo Backpack on

If you commute by bicycle, and carry along electronics, then the Brenthaven Velo Backpack is for you! Rugged yet sleek, the Velo’s water resistant exterior protects against all but the heaviest rain, while a waterproof interior pocket guarded by two sets of sealed zippers will keep laptops with screen sizes as large as 16” snug and dry. This interior compartment is also cleverly designed to suspend a laptop in the center of the pack so that it is not touching any of the exterior walls.Read More.........

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jousting and Jets

Photograph Jousting by Andy Zahn on 500px

What's better than a renaissance fair packed with acrobats, magicians, falconry and overpriced food? Having an airshow going on overhead at the same time! It may not have been the greatest day for the performers; if an act grew boring everyone's eyes would begin drifting skyward to watch the incredible stunts performed above.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heliotrope Ridge

Here's my latest article published in Seattle Backpackers Magazine!
When I was growing up, my parents would regale me with stories of their adventures in Alaska— particularly their accounts of glaciers, which they visited by foot, ski or kayak. I have since been enamored of these ice rivers, but most of my hiking has been done in Southwest Washington or in Idaho, where there are few easily accessible glaciers. I have seen them in the distance— on the slopes of Rainier or in the crater of St. Helens— but for the most part they have been too far away to make a deep impression. My quest to encounter a real, crevasse filled, blue tinged, rock crushing glacier finally led me to Heliotrope Ridge on Mt. Baker, where the awesome spread of the Coleman Glacier lay waiting. Read more at

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Heather Meadows in Black and White

Photograph Artist Ridge by Andy Zahn on 500px
Heather Meadows and Artist Point are sublime and spectacular places, but in black and white they become also a mysterious land ripe for adventure.

This gallery is the first in a series of posts about my adventures at Mt. Baker this summer.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumn Wildflowers

Photograph Blast zone beauty by Andy Zahn on 500px

Summer is on its way out, but there are still plenty of wildflowers blooming along the shores of Coldwater Lake; Goldenrod, Pearly Everlasting and Bistort compete with the turning colors of vine maples.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Idaho Lightning

I look forward to the spectacular lightning storms whenever I visit Idaho, and this year didn't disappoint! The last two photos were taken from the front porch of the cabin during a storm that brought truly torrential rain!