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Mount St. Helens Summit View in Spring

Spring Adventures: Photos from Climbing Mount St. Helens

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After a late winter, Spring has most certainly rolled into the Pacific Northwest and things look great! Actually, it may be a little too nice out there, at least for those of us who like alpine climbs as the recent warm temps have the snow melting down fast so get to the mountains now. But for now there’s still snow up high and great conditions for adventures. (For more on climbing Mount St Helens in Winter & Spring, see my trail…

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The Alaska Cruise: An Adventure Traveler’s Take on Cruising the Inside Passage & Glacier Bay

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All you can eat buffets, shuffleboard, formal dining, air-conditioned driving tour; though nice indulgences, multi-thousand passenger cruise ships are hardly known as an adventurous experience. But at the same time, what better is there to get a taste for the vastness of Alaska than cruising from port to port, sailing through the famous inside passage and into the heart of the iconic Glacier Bay? Alaska has always been on my dream list. In fact, I’ve been so enthralled with the…

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Lava Flow View from Kalapana Cultural Tours' Boat

Trip Review: See Hawaii’s Volcano Up-Close with an Incredible Lava Boat Tour [2016 Version]

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2018 Update: As of late May, lava flows from the devastating Kilauea Volcano eruptions of have reached the ocean. While conditions vary by day and even by hour, a few local operators have resumed lava boat tours on a very different tour and to a new ocean entry. See my 2018 Lava Boat Tour review in this new post. These days, I’m certainly a “budget conscious” traveler. Sure, I chase adventures and marvel at new experiences but I hate having to pay…

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Hawaii Lava Flow - Ocean Entry

Trail Guide: Hiking or Biking to Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Flows at Kilauea

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Quick update: Lava flows have changed as of early 2018 with the water entry cooling down while surface flows have picked up. You can still reach the same viewpoints explained here but check for current conditions before venturing out! It was a scorching summer day back in 2006 that I first set foot on Hawaii’s Kilauea lava fields. Back then reaching an active flow meant hiking more than 10 miles across porous, jagged and massive chunks of lava that covered the old…

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Wizard Island in Snow, Early Winter

Visit Crater Lake This Winter for an Adventurous, Scenic and Just Plain Inspiring Escape

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Most of Crater Lake’s 650,000 annual visitors show up in the busy summer months and why not, the lake views are stunning, the hiking options endless and the temperatures are warm enough that you’ll consider diving right into the icy lake. But there’s another side to Crater Lake, Winter, which takes hold much of the year as the park sleeps under a thick blanket of deep snow. It’s when you can visit the park without the crowds, without the noise, without…

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Lava Canyon, Mount St Helens

[Trail Guide] Easy Trek to Adventurous Hike: Mount St. Helen’s Lava Canyon

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Trail details updated June 2017. Lava Canyon is now open for the season! Reaching an incredible view does not always mean a long hike, heavy pack or 2am start. In fact, many of my favorite views are located within a few minutes of the car, if you know where to look. Mount St. Helens’ Lava Canyon combines the best of both worlds with a viewpoint that’s almost perfectly accessible and the option of a far more extensive adventure that’s anything…

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Standing outside Pure Imagination

Exploring Mt. Hood’s Sandy Glacier Ice Caves

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Thought to be the largest [known] glacial cave system in the lower 48, the Sandy Glacier ice caves were only first discovered a few years ago and apparently are a fairly recent formation, said to be the result of a “dying glacier” melting down from below without enough pressure to collapse them out from above. Even in the short time they’ve been known about, things have changed drastically as warm temperatures continue to melt out the caves collapsing parts, widening others and making for an experience that…

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White Water from the Big Drops on Cataract Canyon

Experience Some of America’s Biggest White Water Rafting Utah’s Cataract Canyon (with World Wide River Expeditions)

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Located just a few miles from the iconic outdoor mecca that is Moab, Utah lies the mighty Colorado River. While the Colorado snakes around the Southwest for over 1,400 miles, most of the rafting attention is focused on the Grand Canyon’s iconic runs but that’s not the only place you’ll find huge views and huge rapids, not by a long shot. Welcome to Cataract Canyon. When my family first invited me to join them on the trip I had to google the name just…

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Dog Mountain Spring Wild Flowers

Hey Portland, It’s That Time of Year: The Spring Wildflowers Have Arrived at Dog Mountain

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Whenever I talk hiking in the Portland area, there are two questions that come up: have I climbed Dog Mountain and have I climbed it when the Wildflowers are out. To be honest, I’m not particularly a flower person, ok, I’m totally not a flower person so the idea of doing a hike just to see a bunch of them seemed crazy when I first heard it. However, Dog is one of my go to training routes so about this time last…

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So you want to climb Mount St. Helens? My Guide to Get to the Summit – Summer and Winter Routes

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At 8,366′, Mount St. Helens is the shortest of Washington’s Cascade Volcanoes and with routes that avoid glaciers or technical ascents, generally considered the most straight forward to climb but that doesn’t make it easy by any stretch! From nearly 6,000 vertical-feet of snow & ice climbing in Winter and much of Spring to over 4,500′ of dirt, rock and scree in Summer and Fall, Helens is a very real mountain with challenges all its own. For the avid climber on a clear day,…

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