Avalanche Safety Basics: Avy Savvy

Avalanche Safety

Before heading to the mountains in the winter, it’s crucial to have at least a rudimentary understanding of avalanche danger, risk assessment, and safety tools. Until you feel comfortable with your awareness and skills, it’s not a bad idea to stick to lowland or no-risk hikes, and even after you have taken courses and developed … [Read More]

Washington Trails Association

Washington Trails Association

Washington Trails Association: www.wta.org WTA is Washington State’s ultimate hikefinder; their hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts as well as user-submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members. Each trip … [Read More]

The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers: www.mountaineers.org The Mountaineers is an alpine club serving the state of Washington. Founded in 1906, it is an outdoor recreation, education, and conservation nonprofit organization. The Mountaineers host a wide range of outdoor activities, primarily hiking and alpine mountain climbing. The club also hosts classes, training courses, and social events.  The club runs a … [Read More]

Hiking Granite Mountain, Washington

Granite Mountain Hiking In The Snow

Granite Mountain is best known for three things: a decommissioned yet still super cool fire lookout tower, sweeping views, and remarkably high avalanche danger. It’s a beautiful mountain, especially once you get above about 4000 feet and the terrain shifts to a nearly-alpine fantasyland of little tarns, ice cold waterfalls, and stepping stones crossing mossy … [Read More]

Mount Rainier Recreational Forecast

Mount Rainier Recreational Forecast

Mount Rainier Recreational Forecast/National Weather Service, Seattle, WA: https://a.atmos.washington.edu/data/rainier_report.html The most detailed, most accurate weather information on the most moody, most I’ll-do-what-I-want mountain I know. As the country’s most glaciated volcano, it often scoops up all the air that blows in off the Pacific and spins it around on its icy flanks to form lenticular … [Read More]

2020: The Year Of The Buff

View From The Mailbox

Until about March of 2020, I only wore my Buff to hold my hair back, keep my neck from getting sunburned, or protect my ears or face from cold wind. For the most part it was a hair accessory that I wore like a do-rag or a nun’s habit, keeping my hair completely contained, or … [Read More]