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Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Getting an early jump on the weekend, Donna and I enjoyed a great day fishing the Yakima, floating from the put-in at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife launch east of Cle Elum (a.k.a. “State”) to the take-out at Bristol. Big, orange October caddis were in the air, and we had several fish to [Continued...]

Waka Waka: Portable Power for your Digital Tools

Waka Waka: Portable Power for your Digital Tools

Digital devices have moved beyond our city limits and have infiltrated the backcountry. Digital cameras, GPS receivers, smart phones, eBook readers and even powerful headlights draw power from rechargeable batteries. The WakaWaka POWER unit offers one of the best options when those batteries need recharging in the backcountry. The WakaWaka POWER pack includes a battery, [Continued...]

Combined Heat and Power (CHP): Industrial Efficiency & Backcountry Cooking

Combined Heat and Power (CHP): Industrial Efficiency & Backcountry Cooking

The idea seems so simple: If you are going through the trouble and expense to generate heat for one purpose, but end up with more than you need, use that excess for something else. Namely, electricity. Simple in concept, but more difficult to implement – until now. The idea of “Combined Heat and Power” (CHP) [Continued...]

Revolution in Rainwear: The Greatest things since, well, Gore-Tex

Revolution in Rainwear: The Greatest things since, well, Gore-Tex

This fall brings the biggest leap forward in rain-jacket technology since the first introduction of Gore-Tex to the outdoor world in the late 1970s. Whether you’re traveling to the Olympic Peninsula or a Costa Rican cloud forest, here’s news you can use. W.L. Gore offers its lightest, most breathable membrane ever to the market this [Continued...]

Hiking with Dogs: Get the scoop on being a good trail steward

Hiking with Dogs: Get the scoop on being a good trail steward

Hiking with Dogs: The key is education not only for the dogs and the dog owners but also for the general hiking public who will surely, at some time or another, encounter dogs on trails. People with sentiments against dogs on trails will successfully push for dog bans if dog owners continue to let their canines run freely up the trails, chasing wildlife (which, depending on the species pursued, could be a state or federal offense, punishable by sizable fines and/or jail time for dog owners) and [Continued...]

Skeeter Beaters

When it comes to bad wildlife encounters, the littlest critters create the biggest concerns.  If you doubt that, ask a camper anywhere which is worse: a bear roaming the woods nearby or a cloud of mosquitoes in camp. The answer will be close to unanimous: a scourge of skeeters makes camp life nearly unbearable. The [Continued...]

Sophie’s Clinic: Hike with Dogs

Sophie’s Clinic: Hike with Dogs

Tips and Techniques for safe, responsible trail fun for you and your canine Presented by Kathy Wendt, DVM Dan A. Nelson, Author Sophie, Labrador Retriever  FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s A Dog’s  World Training and Agility Center 16024 60th. Street E., Sumner, WA 98390 Before hitting the trails with your [Continued...]

Lost? Then Get Found

Wilderness legend Daniel Boone once wrote, “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.” Lots of hikers, hunters, skiers and snowshoers lose their way in the woods each year, but only a few are truly lost.  There is a world of difference between being lost and simply not [Continued...]

Spring in the Desert

For a Northwesterner, getting away from the late winter rains can be a requirement for continued sound mental health. My work as a Communications Expert (?) with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provided the perfect opportunity for me to escape south into the sunshine this month. The annual National Air Quality Conference (NAQC) – [Continued...]