backcountry skiing

We snow sports enthusiasts are a superstitious lot. Even with the advances in detailed weather forecasting year after year, and a promising forecast for the 2016-17 season, we still think we control the outcome of the upcoming winter season thanks to our often silly, but oh-so-necessary, break-only-if-you-dare, pre-season winter rituals. Or maybe we’re just worried

The snow is starting to fall in the mountains and with some resorts opening in just a few short weeks, it is time to get your skis ready. While you could pay the professionals to tune your skis for you (and perhaps you should if they are in really bad shape), it’s relatively easy to

Cat on a leash

I was climbing at Smith Rock State Park the other day and two people ahead of me on the trail caught my attention. It wasn’t that the man was tall, as muscled as Paul Bunyan and carrying an impossibly heavy pack. Or that his climbing partner, with an equally heavy pack, (and forearms to rival

by Nathan Borchelt The 80’s are back, dude. To help understand how truly revolutionary role the Bugaboo jacket played in my life, a bit of background might be necessary. I learned to ski by traveling with my family, driving north from Huston, Texas, to Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, where we’d stay with my aunt

Mountains

No, You Can’t Take a Bison Selfie. Has it really come this? Our own national parks having to make a public plea for people to stop parking their cars off road, going to the bathroom and leaving toilet paper all over the trail, and taking selfies with wildlife, forcing the park service to hire a full-time

jungle adventure

At first blush, ziplining may feel more like a bro-centric Mountain Dew-style experience than something that would appeal to your standard day hiker. Other than walking from one launch point to the next, the work involved in ziplining is basically letting your guide, and gravity, do all the work. That and avoiding a wedgie from

mt shuksan at artist point mlarsen

By Mike Larsen @leave.a.trail Big adventures for little feet, discover 360° views of Washington easily attainable for your smallest hikers. Standing at three feet six inches tall, with kid size eleven shoes, is hardly a prerequisite to scale mountains. But here is a secret, you do not need intense training or possess technical gear like