The best feeling in the world is having dirt under your boots and everything you need to survive on your back, and nowadays we have so many options for those things we carry in our pack to help us survive in the backcountry and the decisions can be paralyzing. Use my gear guide to help … More Backpacking Basics: What to pack
Roughly 12 hours from Portland to Montana is the “Crown of the Continent”, Glacier National park! Carved by prehistoric ice rivers it is nestled in the mountains and flush with alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, 50 glaciers and 200 lakes. The park may be a bit overwhelming if you’re not use to that sort of … More Road Trip: Glacier National Park – Part 1
I’ve been an avid outdoors woman for over half a decade now. I know just as well as anyone how much time and money goes into accumulating all the gear you need for a successful adventure. Whether it’s just a weekend camping trip, your first overnight backpacking trip, or a summer road trip that you’ve … More Adventure in a box
I love summer camping trips. Im not sure if it’s the smell of a camp fire 24 hours a day, river hair, dusty sandal-tanned feet, never changing out of your swim suit, hammock swinging, reading books, kayaking lakes, endless starry nights, or just the feeling like everything is perfect. But all that never even … More Off Grid Camp: Mount Jefferson
A relatively short drive from Portland up highway 503 past Cougar, lies a series of lava tubes on the south side of Mt.Saint Helens. Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Hike: The Ape cave is divided … More Ape Caves & Trail of Two Forests
The Pacific Northwest has an abundance of great places to cool off in the summer. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite places to go once the weather has risen above the comfortable 65 degrees and the masses have flooded the city.