Open Relationships and Our National Parks

Relationships are tough. They cause pain and heartache, but also bring happiness and love. They give us incredible highs not found anywhere else, while still having the power to completely destroy us for days, weeks, months or years. They come and they go, leaving us forever changed, for bad or for great. They take and they give, they inspire and they crush. If healthy, they allow us to love and be loved.

True love, soul mates, an irrational infatuation- no matter how you define it, most of us want it. 

Singletrack 43: ‘There will be Wigs and Cowbells’

Good news! Your Singletrack team will be hosting an aid station at the Hillbilly Half and Mountain Marathon this March. It’s one of the most fun and gnarliest races in the area that you definitely should sign up for. And we’ll be there, so of course it will be wild.
Also on this week’s show: Doug is testing chafing balms, Mathias needs new shoes, again, and the crew discusses the film ‘Free Solo’, finally. We also get quite silly and serious, so just a normal day with your two favorite co-hosts. 

Singletrack 42: ‘Challenging but never Brutal’

The crew retells their latest fun-filled adventure at the boggy North Slope of the Capitol Forest.
Weather-related race cancelations are discussed and what a lobbying group for trail runners would focus on. Deep stuff.

The Groundbreaking Women of Yellowstone National Park

John Muir. Edward Abbey. Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. Ansel Adams. Aldo Leopold. These heroes of public lands have many things in common, including being old, white men. While the history of America’s Public Lands seem to be only filled with members of the patriarchy, there are hundreds, if not thousands of others who deserve the same credit and attention. One of those is Herma Albertson Baggley, who lived from 1896-1981. The other is Marguerite Lindsley, who lived from 1901-1952. 

Don’t be Fooled by the Lowland Snow, Washington State’s Snowpack is Struggling

As Seattle and the towns of the Puget Sound, Skagit Valley and Olympic Peninsula prepare for another dose of lowland snow, a report from the US Department of Agriculture is issuing some trouble news. Despite snow falling all around the Evergreen State, our mountain snowpack is still way below average, once again leading to a potential drought. 

Singletrack 41: ‘We used to fall all the time in Idaho’

Your hosts discover new to them sun-filled trails so close to home and introduce Capitol Forest. The usefulness of micro spikes is debated and how one finds the physical and mental energy to get up and go on regular training runs.

The Hidden History of Olympic National Park’s Lake Crescent

Our National Parks are filled with incredible history. From buildings and battlefields, to the cultural importance of these lands to the first people’s, every single one of these places of Public Lands is steeped in historical wonder. Our Public Lands have a lifetime’s worth of stories and tales, iconic figures and shady characters, allowing us each to have a favorite part of the unique history in our National Parks. While I could, and may, write an entire book about historical awesomeness around these regions, for now I will share one of the slices of history that I often repeat while taking people to Olympic National Park. 

Singletrack 40: ‘Double Double with Grandpa’

Doug runs the Nookacamps Winter race, actually runs it twice! And finishes it, with his grandpa. You’re awesome Grandpa and you too Doug, well done.
You’re beloved hosts also discuss the on-boarding of new technology and how to cook the best taco meat. Like the white experts they are.

Thanks to Rickey Gates and Suunto for sending Mathias a new Suunto 9 watch. Very very awesome!

Healing a Hurting Soul at Lake of the Angels

I was stressed and sad, or as I called it in 2013, Tuesday. We were in the midst of a Government shutdown and I was surviving my job as a political consultant on fumes and alcohol. My job was safe for the year, but the future was not. I had reached my breaking point and needed an escape. Campaign life was draining my soul and the rotten mood of America was permeating everything around me. I had to get away, so I bailed on my responsibilities for the day and decided to hike into Olympic National Park. I needed something beautiful to calm my restless soul. 

Do We Need to Close Public Lands During the Longest Government Shutdown in US History?

The sounds of chainsaws shattered the silence of the desert landscape at Joshua Tree National Park while the stench of human feces rose from the ditches along the pull outs at Yosemite National Park. It was a great start to 2019. Across the nation, at Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, National Parks and federally funded Public Lands, trash piled up deeper and deeper.  Toilets, if not locked, became cesspools of refuse, a physical representation of the current administration’s view of not just Public Lands, but of functional government. As the Government Shutdown of 2018-19 lingered on without an end in sight, our Public Lands, the  jewels of the nation, were under attack.

Singletrack 39: ‘Literally Every Single Street’

Mathias did it! He finished his winter project of running every damn single street in Olympia, Washington. The team (even Barbara Walters makes an appearance) have a lengthy conversation around goal setting, personal dreams, and life affirming projects. That is the essence of these short, weird, fun few years we walk and run on this planet called earth. There’s other stuff too.

Singletrack 38: ‘No one was dressed at that aid station’

Topics in this week’s episode include the UTMB draw, cherry coke, and dynamite. Doug signs up to Run the Rut mountain race, again! And the team gets political by yelling at asshats cutting down trees at Joshua Tree National Park due to the government shutdown.

Hoping 2019 Will Be An Amazing Year On Public Lands

Each new year, we find ourselves full of hope and optimism. When the clock strikes midnight, we look ahead to wonderful times with friends and family, as well as ourselves. In those few few hours, days and weeks of the new year, we have a pep in our step and feel motivated to make the next 365 days the best of our lives. We make promises and resolutions, set goals and make plans. For many of us, the start of a new calendar also signals the time to daydream toward adventures in the outdoors.

2018 Was Mount Rainier’s Most-Visited Year in Over 25 Years

Despite the smoke-filled skies of summer, the whiteout winter months and the endless drizzling rain of spring and fall, 2018 Was Mount Rainier National Park’s most popular year since at least 1992 and the 14th most-popular year in Rainier history. 

Mount Rainier’s Nisqually Gate Is Now Closed Due to Latest Government Shutdown

Despite Mount Rainier National Park staff’s best efforts to let visitors explore the lands around the iconic Washington State mountain, the only entrance road open into the park during the winter months was closed on Sunday, January 6th, 2019. A simple announcement on the park’s website greeted visitors with the following: 

Singletrack 37: ‘Dragging Tires up Kaiser’

It’s the new year and plans must be made, dreams hatched, and projects planned.
Share with us your dream adventure project for 2019 via audio message and we’ll include in an upcoming show.
Oh, and don’t forget to stretch after your run.

Singletrack 36: ‘Fire, Ice and Jingle Bells’

Groundbreaking Obscure. Memorable. Hilarious. Artistic.
Sometimes, there are movies that are too good to not be shared, Fire and Ice is one of them. In this week’s episode, Mathias and Doug give themselves a present by discussing the 1986 German Ski Film, Fire and Ice. Full of memorable quotes, ski dancing, tongue rolling and incredible music, this movie is a classic that few have seen. We dive deep into the movie, recapping the scenes and lines, giving you, the listener, an audio journey of the movie that is a classic at The Outdoor Society. We laugh a lot, talk about 80s culture and clothing, and of course, sing.
This episode is brought to you by the 2019 Summit Book, covering Mount Ellinor and Mount Rainier, which is a land of fire and ice!

Singletrack 35: ‘Holding Out For a Hero’

Singing, seriousness, and storms! Mathias and Doug continue their conversation about running the streets, respond to listener feedback, running with saws and even get into the technical details on route planning and tracking. Despite Doug’s best efforts to derail Mathias with random comments, your favorite co-hosts also manage to find time to talk about Zinke’s resignation, awesome solar lights, and what song Doug should sing at a holiday Karaoke party. Another 5 star episode? We think so.

A Nourished Soul in Slot Canyons and Sandstone Sculptures

Born and raised in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, anytime I explore a public lands location that doesn’t get feet of rainfall each year feels, I feel incredibly strange. I am used to endless green, to rivers constantly flowing and to signs of life around every corner. I am accustomed to seeing towering trees and sword ferns, salmon filled rivers and glaciated peaks. That is what makes the desert so intoxicating, and why I, like millions of other millennials, have fallen in love with Utah’s Public Lands. 

Singletrack 34: ‘Claiming Mountains in the Name of Tea and Crumpets’

Let the year-end extravaganza begin. Your hosts review their best runs of the last year, and shares tips on how to make a vegan pavlova, while eating pork jerky.
Commitments are made to volunteer more in the new year and how to strike up the right conversations at the next family holiday gathering.


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By Doug and Mathias on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State