Monday, April 17, 2017

Euphoria at White Pass - spring skiing at its finest!

Tumac Mountain, a young volcano North of White Pass
It’s spring, but it can be hard to tell when you’re skiing in the Pacific Northwest right now! Powder in the morning and conditions that remain great throughout the day - crazy when you think back to this time last year when it felt like the middle of summer! White Pass still wears it’s lush coat of deep snow, so deep that the protective padding on the lift poles is entirely submerged! It is a good to see such a robust snowpack after the last few years fraught with drought and fires. It is immensely reassuring to know that the mountains are well stocked and that the retreat of the glaciers might be slowed, if only briefly.


Be sure and watch my White Pass skiing adventure video - I finally got up the courage to film with my DJI Osmo gimbal camera while skiing, which made things a lot more exciting than previous skiing videos that I've made!

Monday, April 10, 2017

UST Hex Tarp Review

I have a habit of going camping in the very worst weather possible, and last week, backpacking on the Olympic coast was no exception. Normally, foul weather camping means the utter misery of cooking and eating dinner in the pouring rain. This time, though, I brought along the Hex Tarp by Ultimate Survival Technologies, hoping to be able to eat a bagel without it getting soaked in a sudden downpour.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Timberline Ski Adventure

 



Early spring is, for me, the prime time to hit the slopes here in the Pacific Northwest. It seems to be the time of year when such trips jive best with my life, and when the various ski areas are at their least crowded. However, the weather can be just as wintry in spring as it is in the deepest depths of winter, as we found out this past Tuesday at Timberline on Mt. Hood.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rinsten Spring - Kickstarter Spotlight

Anyone who has ridden a bike down a rugged gravel road, or even a decent gravel road, will know that it can be an uncomfortable experience, to say the least. The Rinsten Spring aims to solve this issue and make your cycling experience more pleasant and comfortable. Rinsten is hoping to get this bicycle shock absorber onto the market via its new Kickstarter campaign.

Monday, March 20, 2017

UST ParaKnife FS 2.0 Review

The problem with a lot of knives I’ve used is their weight - a good pocket knife can have a real impact on the weight of your pack. The Paraknife FS 2.0 from Ultimate Survival Technologies changes all that with its barebones ultra-light design that also manages to fit in a wide array of useful tools such as might more often be found on a heavy, bulky multi-tool. It’s a marvelous device for anyone looking to shave a few ounces off their pack.

Dewdrops on Flowers - First day of Spring!


Spring is officially here! It was a chilly way for this green season to dawn, but the frosty dew only added to the splendor of the morning. I got as close as I could to capture the beauty of the jewel-like drops that adorned every verdant leaf and vivid blossom.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump's budget would gut funding for the environment, science, and public lands




For decades America has supported a plethora of vibrant programs and services that have benefited us all in uncountable ways. Through our tax dollars, we fund the scientific research that has vastly improved our quality of life and reduced our impact on our planet. We fund environmental protection that keeps our air and water clean, the ecosystems that sustain us healthy, and help fight the climate change that threatens our very existence. We fund our public lands - places everyone, regardless of personal wealth or social standing, has a stake in. They are a source of joy for hundreds of millions of Americans, and support a multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy.

 Today we're in danger of losing all this because of what Trump's budget would do to programs related to the environment. The budget cuts Trump has proposed would do so much damage to programs that improve every aspect of our society that it's difficult even to grasp the potential ramifications. Millions would suffer, many would die, and many decades of hard won progress would be lost. Not only the environment would suffer, but there would also be more funding for the arts, no more aid for the poor...... the list goes on. We must resist. We must stop Trump from implementing his devastating plans..