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Climbers at sunrise on Mount Hood

Who Needs Sleep? Sunrise Magic On Mount Hood

Travel Talk

Skipping out on Saturday evenings with friends and just plain missing out on an entire’s night sleep to go trudging up a mountain in the cold with a loaded pack is not always a fun thought. Making the long drive that’s often involved in getting to the trailhead, I’ll gladly admit that there are plenty of times where I’ve considered flipping a U, heading into that nice campground to close my eyes or dropping into that local bar rather than…

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Mount St. Helens from Coldwater Trail

Dispatches from the weekend: Waterfalls, hot springs, sunset views, and snowy summits on a no sleep, 3 tanks of gas kind of weekend.

Travel Talk

I’ve always struggled with posting stories here rather than more specific articles like trail guides and gear reviews. However, as my adventures have grown over the years, I’ve come to realize that without the regular updates you’re only getting a small part of my world. So, as we roll into summer, I’ve decided to take a page from a few of my friend’s blog and try my hand at sharing the journey…  This weekend has had a little bit of everything. On one hand, it…

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Portland Bridges at Sunset

Spring is finally here and now summer adventures await

Travel Talk

This weekend the sun came out in full force and temps across the Northwest broke the 80 degree mark for the first time this year I believe. Coming down from the 20 degree slopes of Mount Rainier it was quite a shock to suddenly find myself in need a pair of shorts (and a tan) but as I’ve begun to acclimate to warmer days it’s time to solidify summer plans! At the top of my dream list are a few ambitious goals…

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Mount Hood from Lost Lake, 2017 Spring View

That time I randomly ended up Oregon’s Lost Lake

Places to Visit Road Trips

One of my favorite adventures these days setting off on a random road in search of something new. Whether it’s a possible scenic route on a long drive or just wandering around near a local spot, its amazing what you can find if you leave the freeway and turn a few times. Of course not every drive is a success and sometimes the sights I expect to find manages to elude me but more often than not the unknown road is well worth the detour. Interesting…

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Angel's Rest View

Great Portland Area Hikes for Spring Mountain Training (and Views)

Outdoor Adventures

Whether you’re looking to explore the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, summit Mount Hood, tackle the Mt. Whitney stretch of the PCT, head across the world to take on Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, or any other major trail or peak this summer, nothing is better for hiking conditioning than hiking. That is to say stair steppers and incline treadmills just can’t compete with the variable terrain or length of climbing an actual mountain and they sure don’t have the bonus views along the…

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La Pine State Park Rustic Cabins Review in Winter

A Cozy Winter Weekend in the Woods at La Pine State Park’s Cabins

Places to Visit

By January, much of Central Oregon’s high desert is covered by a thick blanket of snow pushing many of us to order in a pizza and spend the weekend on the couch. But there is another option, a winter adventure without all the price tag of a mountain resort or all the cold of snow camping: Oregon State Park’s cabins. Located about 30 minutes South of Bend, Oregon, La Pine State Park is a spectacular base for exploring volcanoes and forest landscape…

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Sunset from White River West Sno-Park

Winter Views from One Very Snowy Mount Hood!

Places to Visit

It’s been an incredible winter across the west coast with snowfall of hundreds upon hundreds of inches across the peaks. No surprise this has made it a lot harder to find a clear day to go out and adventure but when conditions have calmed down both in the skies above and the avalanche risk on the slopes, the views have been something else. This week I managed to time things right and enjoyed a day of blue-bird climbing up to…

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Misery Ridge Summit View

Trail Guide: Hiking Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge (>1.5 miles / 950′ / 1-2 hours)

Trail Guides

Driving through Central Oregon it’s just about impossible to miss Smith Rock State Park’s rocky cliff towers as they dominate the surrounding landscape. While the park’s main attention getter is its rock climbing, there is plenty to see walking around whether you have days or just hours there. Perhaps most notable (and at times most crowded) of the miles and miles of trails offered is Misery Ridge, a short but steep hike to one of the highest non-technical points in the park. While not…

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The Falls in Winter

Trail Guide: Winter Hiking to Mount Hood’s Tamanawas Falls (4 miles / 600′ / 2+ hours)

Trail Guides

Back in 2015, during one of the weakest winters the Pacific Northwest has ever seen, I made an early season hike out to Mount Hood’s stunning Tamanawas Falls for the first time with a little snow on the ground but otherwise it more summer than winter conditions. Since then, a true winter visit to the falls has been sitting on my list and thanks tot he buckets of snow we’ve already had, I was finally able to accomplish my goal and see…

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Winter in the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House View

Winter Arrives In Full Force At Columbia River Gorge

Outdoor Adventures

After two winters in the Pacific Northwest without much, well, winter, it’s been incredible to see a full on storm roll take hold of the Portland area. What started as a nice little flurry of snow that seemed more pretty than harmful ended up being quite the opposite as everything from local roads to major highways were shutdown practically the entire weekend. I’ve pushed cars up hills, detoured for miles around ice, even my 4×4 with winter tires has had its…

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