The Mazamas

Mazamas

The Mazamas: mazamas.org The Mazamas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit mountaineering education organization based in Portland, Oregon. They have been building and fostering a community of leadership, safety, conservation, and climbing education in the Pacific Northwest for well over a century, and offer high-quality outdoor education and a variety of outdoor activities for every skill and … [Read More]

Blister Care, Prevention, and Treatment

Blister Care

As a hiker, trailrunner, trekker, mountaineer, or backpacker, it’s inevitable that you will get a blister at some point in your dirt-pounding career. Despite our best efforts, as we are learning by trial and error what works and what doesn’t, we will find ourselves one day finishing a hike while starting to favor one foot, … [Read More]

Glacier Glasses Basics

Glacier Glasses

Or at the very least, polarized and UV-protection sunglasses, but for the love of God please take care of your corneas when hiking on snow. If you haven’t heard stories about snowblindness yet, stick around. They are horrifying and made me rush out and buy my first pair of Julbo Sherpas. Functionality: You Need To … [Read More]

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education AIARE

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education: www.avtraining.org AIARE was established in 1998 as a nonprofit organization to create a researched-based avalanche education model for backcountry users with the belief that avalanche education, research, and training can prevent injuries and fatalities due to avalanches. AIARE develops and disseminates research-based avalanche curriculum to over 100 … [Read More]

GoTrail

GoTrail

GoTrail: www.gotrail.com GoTrail is a relative newcomer to the hikefinder scene, and is having new trails added to its directory every day. This is a nationwide site that encourages reader contributions, and will pay a small fee for trip reports as it works to build its database. Main information included is mileage, elevation gain, permits/parking, … [Read More]

Mountain Weather Forecast

Mountain Weather Forecast

Mountain-Forecast: www.mountain-forecast.com This invaluable website provides weather forecasts for more than 11,300 (and growing) major summits for climbers and mountaineers, with up to 5 different elevations per peak and updated hourly. You can search by name of mountain, by range, by country, or by map. They go about six days out, and while you and I both know … [Read More]

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS: www.gaiagps.com Gaia is one of the more popular apps for maps and navigation, and their website is a filled-out version of that app, offering various resources for hiking, backpacking, off-roading, hunting, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and fishing. From maps and permitting info to volunteer opportunities and merchandise, Gaia truly is your one-stop outdoorsy … [Read More]

Northwest Avalanche Center

Northwest Avalanche Center

Northwest Avalanche Center: https://nwac.us The NWAC app is a staple on many a northwest hiker’s phone, because it provides such reliable, up to the minute, trustworthy information about avalanche danger, weather, and snow conditions. The map is updated no less than once a day, and is based on thorough field research conducted by expert forecasters. … [Read More]