Hiking to God’s Thumb

Somethings are worth getting up early for – and this hike is one of them. With a heat wave rolling through the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago, I was super lucky to already have a coast weekend on the books. My college friends all converged on Lincoln City for a long 4-day weekend. IfContinue reading “Hiking to God’s Thumb”

A Hidden Gem: Elowah Falls

Hidden just a few hundred feet off of one of Oregon’s busiest interstates, Elowah Falls cascades 213 feet into a beautiful, serene amphitheater.  Enjoy this short 1.3 mile round trip hike on your way to Hood River from Portland on I-84 to briefly escape the noise of road and stretch your legs.

Return to Rainier Sweepstakes

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From the snow-white peak of Mt. Rainier to the lush, green rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula, the National Parks are finally back open! Can you hear the corks popping and our team getting out our hiking boots? This week we’re returning to Oregon and Washington’s parks on our regular,…

Clif Moments

Love adventures and the outdoors? Then let’s do something together to protect the places we play! CLIF Bar has teamed up with several vital environmental non-profit partners to protect our mountains, oceans, lakes, trails, backcountry and other wildlands. And as an outdoor enthusiast this is a cause I’m happy to support! Celebrate, share and inspireContinue reading “Clif Moments”

Grand Trunk Good’s Double Hammock

After a bike ride along the Chehalis Western Trail in Olympia, my family and I decided to relax out at Woodard Bay and test out my new Grand Trunk Good‘s Double Hammock. Made of Parachute nylon, the hammock was a snap to set up with everything you needed for easy lounging included in the attachedContinue reading “Grand Trunk Good’s Double Hammock”

Bring Fun Forward with the Ribz Front Pack

Ribzwear recently sent me their new Ribz Front Pack to review. I had never used a front pack before, but was excited to take it out on a new hike up in the Tillamook National Forest. The Ribz Front Pack is a light weight bag that – as the name implies – wraps around yourContinue reading “Bring Fun Forward with the Ribz Front Pack”

25 Things I Learned Hiking to Everest Base Camp

If you hike everyday you won’t be as sore Not showering for week isn’t a big deal Tea and cookies are the best post-hike food I’m petrified of suspension bridges Cake tastes better at 15,000 feet Coffee, who needs coffee Don’t waste the mornings Only God can predict the weather Dal Bhat = 24 hoursContinue reading “25 Things I Learned Hiking to Everest Base Camp”

Everest Base Camp Hike: Kala Pattar

With only 200 feet to climb over boulders and rocks, my body gave up. My legs were sore from the eight days of constant hiking, my lungs tired from 12,000 feet of elevation gain, and my body exhausted from little sleep. I couldn’t go any further. And I couldn’t think of anything else to doContinue reading “Everest Base Camp Hike: Kala Pattar”

Everest Base Camp Hike: Tengboche to Dingboche

Hiking in the thin layer of snow in the morning then dry, hot rocks, we gained 600 meters of elevation between Tengboche and Dingboche. Following a trail of yaks, we crossed the infamous bridge that so many paintings and pictures portray with the beautiful Amadablam towering above. Photos can hardly even start to depict howContinue reading “Everest Base Camp Hike: Tengboche to Dingboche”

Indian Point Loop Trail

Challenging your lungs in a tug-a-war with your legs, the Indian Point Loop Trail leads up into the high cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge for spectacular views worth the battle. From Indian Point – an outcropping of rocks along a rocky ridge – enjoy 180-degree views of the Columbia River as well as theContinue reading “Indian Point Loop Trail”