My mini 10 essentials pack 1

The Seattle Mountaineers came up with the concept of the 10 essentials – those 10 items you should carry with you every time you go out on a hiking, backpacking, or camping trip. That list is: Map Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)* Sunglasses and sunscreen* Extra Clothing Headlamp (or flashlight)* First-aid supplies* Fire […]


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

-Albert Einstein

Who’s Way is Right?

Quick Tip – Hiking Right of Way Believe it or not, just like on roads, trails have right of way “rules”.  Knowing and following them make for a more enjoyable hike for everyone! Yield the trail to uphill hikers.  It’s easier to resume a faster downhill pace; Unless of course you’re the uphill hiker and […]



Martin Luther King Jr. Day is first National Park Fee Free Day for 2015

The National Park Service is offering a handful of fee-free days in 2015, the first of which is happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit and support your favorite or local national park.  Take a hike, snap some photos, participate in a Junior Ranger Program, or stay late […]

PNW REI Garage Sales Tomorrow 2015-Jan-04

REI Stores in the PNW are having garage sales tomorrow ( 2015-Jan-04 ) Garage sales are taking place at the Southcenter, Alderwood, Tacoma, Silverdale, Redmond, Olympia, and Issaquah locations are all participating. If you’re looking for something big like a sleeping bag, tent, or bike make sure you’re in line hours ahead of store opening. Let us know in the comments […]


Resolve to get out

As we look to usher in another new year, people look to make new year’s resolutions.  They buy gym memberships, bags of protein powder, electronic fitness trackers, and more.  Most of these resolutions fail within a month as people give up or fall short because their goals were not SMART. I don’t make new year’s resolutions, […]

28 First Day Hikes Across WA

Ring in the New Year with some exercise by joining volunteers as they lead hikes across the state on January 1, 2015.

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2015 Free Days at WA State Parks – No Discovery Pass Needed!

  The first 2015 Free Day at WA State Parks is New Year’s Day.  A Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on the 2015 free days:   Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Jan. 18-19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March 19: State Parks’ 102nd birthday April 4: Saturday Spring Day April 22: […]

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
-John Muir

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Living life one hike at a time

Life is precious – you need to grab each little bundle of time by the horns and do something with it. Nature was our playground as kids, and yet for the generation our kids are in, some are lucky to have even seen a tree.  We want to instill the love and respect of nature […]