Kyle and Jason on the summit of Glacier Peak at the end of the American Alps Traverse in 2013.
Backcountry travel

Hummel and Miller Traverse the Cascade Crest

A traverse of the Cascade crest from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainer was first envisioned in the early 1980s by legendary Cascade skier, mountaineer, and historian Lowell Skoog. Skoog’s version of the traverse was comprised of ~18 segments, and after working on the project for 25 years, he finally completed …

Competitors use skins to climb wearing their skis during the 2018 Vertfest. Credit: Karter Raich
Community

Snowgoat Skimo Series

Skimo in Washington state is getting a dose of adrenaline this season, thanks to the efforts of ultra athletes Richard Kresser and Maudie Jordan. 2019 is the inaugural year of their Snowgoat SkiMo Series. “Skimo” is shorthand for ski mountaineering, a race format that emphasizes climbing on skis. Usually held …

Thomas Sumter's Proviz jacket and gloves really stand out.
Best practices

Ride Safely at Night

The dark season is upon us, which means it’s time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don’ts of running and riding at night. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are …

A Proviz jacket as illuminated by a camera flash. There is also an Amphipod Xinglet in the mix, but it gets drowned out by the Proviz' reflectivity.
Best practices

Run Safely at Night

The dark season is upon us, which means it’s time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don’ts of running and riding at night. Seattle native, cyclist, and ultra runner Martin Criminale recommends reflective clothing and rechargeable lights: “In my experience, neon or bright clothing makes …

Autumn 2018: An advisory sign in Seattle's Sam Smith Park
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Contest: Night Riding & Running Best Practices

The dark season is upon us: day length is currently decreasing by about 3 minutes per day. The shortest day of 2018 happens on Dec 21, which for long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest is the day we all rejoice because the days start to get longer. It’s also the …

Eyewear

The n + 1: Roka Eyewear

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Thus, you always need another bike. Although n + 1 is widely used in relation to bicycles, the principle also applies to a wide range …

The Tokul XC 8.0 at the clearcut at the top of the West Tiger #3 trail.
Gear

The n + 1: Platypus Tokul XC 8.0 & B-Line 8.0

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Thus, you always need another bike. Although n + 1 is widely used in relation to bicycles, the principle also applies to a wide range …

Awesome vistas during day 3 on the Wonderland Trail
Backcountry travel

Wonderland Trail 3 of 3: White River to Longmire

This is the third of a three-part series about doing a 3-day trail run/hike on the Wonderland Trail. It’s typically done as a week-long backpacking trip, or at the fast end of the spectrum, as a fast ultra run in under 1.5 days. To understand what is involved in a …

Backcountry travel

Larch Season Hike: Maple Pass Loop

Among the most popular fall hikes in the Cascades are those with abundant larch trees. The Maple Pass Loop near Rainy Pass on Highway 20 (aka “The North Cascades Highway”) offers a great mix of larches, views, meadows, and lakes. Larches are an unusual “deciduous conifer” whose needles change a …

Approaching the Carbon River
Backcountry travel

Wonderland Trail 2 of 3: Mowich Lake to White River

This is the second of a three-part series about doing a 3-day trail run/hike on the Wonderland Trail. It’s typically done as a week-long backpacking trip, or at the fast end of the spectrum, as a fast ultra run in under 1.5 days. To understand what is involved in a …