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Exploring the Frozen Wonders of the Guler Ice Caves (Mount Adams / Trout Lake)

Outdoor Adventures

After several years of consistently exploring around the Pacific Northwest, I’d like to think I’m aware of most of the major local sights or at least know where to turn for new ideas (hello Instagram!) but sometimes things just manage to pass under the radar. For whatever reasons that’s exactly what happened with the Guler Ice Caves, an incredible place that I completely missed. In fact, it wasn’t until I was flipping through a Washington State tourism brochure that I even heard of…

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Ice Climbing Telluride

Frozen Waterfalls: An Amazing Adventure Learning to Ice Climb in Telluride, Colorado

Outdoor Adventures

Despite scaling a number of alpine peaks and owning plenty of ice axes and crampons, I’ve never had the chance to to climb a frozen waterfall or any serious vertical ice for that matter. So, when a friend from last year’s Canada adventure invited me along on her Southwestern USA road trip this winter with plans to stop at Colorado’s world famous Ouray ice park, I was immediately in. Setting out from Denver towards the mountains to the west, we…

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Zion from the top of Angel's Landing

[Trail Guide] Hiking for Adrenaline Junkies – Angel’s Landing (5 miles / 1,488′ / 3-4 hours)

Trail Guides

Trail details last updated 2/11/2016. Angel’s Landing is not the toughest, longest or tallest hike out there by a long shot. Heck, it’s not even the hardest hike leaving from the Grotto Trailhead where it starts and yet it’s one of the most iconic trails out there with mentions on many “must do” hiking lists across the globe. Why? Because of the exposed, scramble to the top climb it involves and the experience that gives the summit — both in epic views and epic…

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Snowy view on Dog Mountain

What a difference a year makes! Winter at Dog Mountain, Washington

Outdoor Adventures

About a year ago I came home with an exciting update for my trail condition page: Dog Mountain had snow! It wasn’t much, a couple inches on the meadows path up to the summit, but at a mere height of 2,948′ it was exciting… real winter conditions an hour from my house and on one of my regular trails too! Today I woke up to find the endless rain of the recent storms had stopped with a forecast calling for a few…

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Snowtrax Test on Ice

[Gear Review] Does Yaktrax’s $10 “Snowtrax” shoe traction system stand up to winter?

Gear Reviews

Winter is here again and that means cold & slippery conditions on the trails and even on way to the car. Let’s face it, ice may be beautiful to look at from afar but it simply sucks to try and cross, especially when cliffs are involved or speed is a goal. Last winter I picked up a pair of Kahtoola’s Microspikes (my review is right here) which changed my winter adventuring completely turning ice and packed snow into a playground rather than a…

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Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket Review

[Gear Review] Arc’Teryx Alpha AR Hardshell Alpine Jacket for Mountaineering

Gear Reviews

Review last updated April 2018. Back in 2015, I entered the world of alpine climbing and quickly realized that a lot of hiking gear just wasn’t going to cut it on snowy mountain tops. At the top of the list was the hardshell jacket I bought at an outlet store and had taken along on a Mount Rainier climb the previous fall. Compared to the Arc’teryx Beta LT pants I had picked up right before the climb, my “cheap shell” (it…

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[Gear Review] Kahtoola Microspike Winter Footwear Traction System (Updated)

Gear Reviews

Winter has been playing an off and on game here in the Pacific Northwest but a few weeks ago temps finally started to drop well below freezing and my day hike turned into some sort of ice walking blooper tv-show. I survived 12 miles completely upright on a very icy Eagle Creek trail only to eat it a few minutes from the parking lot and decided that, if this is what the next few months are going to look like,…

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Tunnel Falls in Winter

Trail Review: Explore Endless Waterfalls Hiking Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls (12.0 miles out & back / 1600′ / 4-6 hours)

Trail Guides

Trail details last updated 5/10/2016 Usually when I talk about trails it’s big elevation hikes with wide summit views from a mountain top but sometimes it’s nice to ease back on the hills and enjoy some lower elevation adventures. Don’t get me wrong, lower elevation trails can match or even outshine those tall peaks and no place proves that more than Eagle Creek, a seemingly endless trail far east in the Columbia River Gorge which is known for it’s numerous waterfalls, river & canyon crossings…

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