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Posts Tagged ‘wildflowers’

Smart-phone apps add to outdoor adventures

Smart-phone apps add to outdoor adventures

At times, technology enhances the wilderness experience. Today’s smartphones, for instance, allow me to carry in my pack a wide range of nature guides so I can quickly identify birds, beasts, wildflowers and stars — with minimal weight. Readers seem to agree, with many e-mailing suggestions of apps for me to try, or asking for [Continued...]

REVIEW: Apps add to outdoor adventures – Hiking Edition

REVIEW: Apps add to outdoor adventures – Hiking Edition

(First published in Seattle Times NW Weekend October 14, 2010) At times, technology enhances the wilderness experience. Today’s smartphones, for instance, allow me to carry in my pack a wide range of nature guides so I can quickly identify birds, beasts, wildflowers and stars — with minimal weight. Readers seem to agree, with many e-mailing [Continued...]

Protecting Montana Wilderness & Business!

Rick Bass stands as one of the best western writers of the 21st century, and for my money, one of the greatest American natural history authors of all time– right up there with Abbey, Douglas, Leopold, Olson, Muir and Thoreau. Below, Bass offers a well0-reasoned take on the novel new  approach to wild lands management [Continued...]

Back outdoors after a week of “outdoor” trade show

The semi-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show has wrapped up once again, and I wasted little time in throwing off the “convention center” blues by diving back into the outdoors. After 3-days of immersion in outdoor gear, it was good to get back into the backcountry to remind myself what that show is really all about. [Continued...]

Washington Wildflowers coloring the Cascades

Washington Wildflowers coloring the Cascades

A short hike in the South Cascades today revealed an array of wildflowers in bloom. The 2-mile trek up to the scenic and historic High Rock Lookout yielded unmatched views of the South Cascades range, from an in-your-face view of Mount Rainier, to shimmering-on-the-horizon Mount Hood. The high, rugged Goat Rocks still maintain a heavy [Continued...]