Road Repairs to Close Olympic National Park’s Graves Creek Region in September 2019

Heading the Quinault Rainforest in September of 2019? Be prepared for closures and restrictions to reach the Graves Creek region. Starting on September 3rd and lasting into early October, Olympic National Park will be working to fix spots on the road damaged from previous washouts. The image above is from a washout in 2016 that was temporarily fixed. The entire 2019 repair project and closure to vehicles is anticipated to last around four weeks, with the road scheduled to reopen to all access in early October.


The Best Salmon Watching in Olympia, Washington

Olympia doesn’t have a great reputation around the state. From Spokane to Bellingham, and Vancouver to Ocean Shores, the capitol of Washington State is known mostly for politics and a somewhat drab downtown scene. Outsiders might quickly stop by on trips to more exotic locations, but for most, Olympia is skipped over. Even some locals avoid downtown Olympia, but those who decide to pass over this small town at the southern end of the Puget Sound are missing a spectacular annual event. At the end of August and first few weeks of September, the waters around Olympia become full of salmon, migrating home to spawn and die. While this event happens in most cities around the state, Olympia is one of the few that offers a stunning viewing area where you can watch salmon, seals and the tides, all from an overlook above the water. 


69: ‘Who ordered that Rain?’

Your podcast hosts turned race directors and lived to tell the tale. And here it is: The directors commentary of the first Little Backyard Adventure in Olympia, WA. What an incredible time we had. Thank you for believing in us and racing these awesome trails. We will be back in 2020, we promise!


Mount Rainier Sees Third Busiest July on Record, But Yearly Numbers Still Down

Mount Rainier received some serious love in July of 2019. Dazzling us with beauty from all around the Pacific Northwest, our iconic mountain has been this year’s hot location for summer vacations and weekend getaways. Maybe it is the wildflowers, or the bubbling springs, pristine alpine lakes, and incredible ridge lines. Or maybe it is because the smoke from fires around the west didn’t fill the air this year. Whatever the reason, Mount Rainier just had the 3rd highest July visitation total since official records were shared publicly in 1979. 


68: ‘Dippin Dots in Summerland’


With less than 48hrs before the start of our ‘Little Backyard Adventure’ race, your hosts are wired, exhausted, distracted and talkative.
Mountains are scaled, hills embraced, walks recorded and a new trail race in Olympia, WA is born.

Adventure with us.


67: ‘Crazy Elevated Altitude Training Adventure’


Can you be over-prepared when going on an adventure? Or is it good to sometimes just grab your shoes and run for the hills?
How does one access public recreation areas when the surrounding areas are privately owned?
When do you know you’ve done everything you can to prepare for your upcoming race?
These another other topics are discussed in this week’s episode of your favorite neighborhood trail running audio experience.

Sign up and race with us. Our Little Backyard Adventure is just a few days away.


Coros Vertix review: There’s new competition for the big-dog fitness trackers in town

Mathias Eichler for iMore

With all the excitement that comes from a new device maker entering an established market, there’s always a bit of hesitation mixed in. Will the innovation disrupt and add something new to the space? Will the company fizzle out, or get acquired and disappear, leaving consumers hanging.

A few months ago a friend of mine told me about this “new company on the block” Coros. Maker of sports technology products, their website is light on background information and corporate history, but the Coros product line offers solid and feature-rich sports watches with advantages price points. I dismissed the company at first. I was happy with my Suunto watch, didn’t think a new product was necessary in that market space.

Coros Vertix reviewed on iMore.com

Suunto 9 review: A wilderness runner’s best performance-tracking friend

Mathias Eichler for iMore

If a tree falls in the forest does it make a noise?
If you didn’t share your latest brunch on Instagram did you enjoy it? And, if you go out for a run and didn’t track it on running app, did it really count?
This is where we’re at, isn’t it?
All snark aside. I love my activity tracking devices. When I first started out running several years ago I took just my phone with me, listened to podcasts and enjoyed being able to track my activities. I check my performance after my run and enjoyed seeing my progression.

Suunto 9 reviewed on iMore.com

66: ‘Falling through my Selfies’


Forests are logged, trails rerouted and the most epic LBA After Party is announced. Doug is testing trail shoes and insoles and Mathias continues his quest to find the perfect accessory for his wrist.


65: ‘Death Valley Fun Run’


Your hosts dreamily share their favorite National Park lodges. Mt. Rainier and Olympic face off and the word iconic is used a lot. Also, Badwater 135 is discussed, no reasons for that.
Hey, wanna run our Little Backyard Adventure Race for free? Katja Hurt from Wilderness Chaplains is giving away two free race entries. First two who email us/tweet us get in free – any distance – all the fun!


Lighting Strike Burns Down Historic Lookout Tower in Yellowstone National Park

On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 16, the historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout in Yellowstone National Park burned to the ground, having been struck by lightning from a severe thunderstorm in the area.


64: ‘Yearning for Burritos’ with Special Guest Morgan Sjogren


Your friendly neighborhood podcast hosts are joined by writer, adventurer, and former elite track athlete turned avid trail runner Morgan Sjogren. Stories of fantastic adventure trips from Bears Ears to Patagonia leave the crew hungry for burritos and yearning for the open road.


63: ‘Bill Pullman is my president’


Between burgers and hotdogs your hosts find time to discuss Doug’s elevation training block for his upcoming race and wonder if Western States should be run backwards next year.


Happy Birthday, Olympic National Park!!

On June 29th, 1938, Olympic National Park was officially designated as a National Park by President Franklin Roosevelt, forever changing the landscape of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. For the past 81 years, Olympic National Park has been captivating the hearts and imaginations of wilderness explorers of all ages, enticing a deeper connection with the great outdoors. Today, we get to wish it a very Happy Birthday. 


62: ‘Oh Dear, we talk Beer and Gear’


A new ultra race through bear country in Montana is a good reminder for your hosts to talk about safety gear while venturing into the back country. Mathias also shares his first thoughts about the brand new Coros Vertix GPS Adventure watch.


Explore the Wonders of the Northern Olympic Peninsula

Douglas Scott for Roots Rated and Outdoor Research

I have said it before and I will say it again, until my dying days: You need to explore the northern Olympic Peninsula.


The City of Olympia Gets a New Trail

This morning, Olympia’s Parks & Arts and Recreation department opened a brand new trail in the NE neighborhood of the capitol city, connecting East Bay Drive by Howard Road to the Reeves Middle School grounds. What has been a secret, neighborhood boot path for many years is now an official city trail, thanks to the support of a generous grant by REI and the incredibly trail work of the Washington Trail Association.


61: ‘Won’t you be my Running Buddy?’


To kick off the summer season your award winning hosts discuss public-private partnerships for our public lands, web toed running buddies, the place Western States Endurance Run has in trail media coverage, and how to break out of your running rut. Some topics were serious, some were silly. You get to guess which ones were which.

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Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park is Now Open!

On June 13th, 2019, Olympic National Park opened the entirety of Obstruction Point Road! This amazingly scenic and stunning eight mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point allows vehicles to travel along the remote ridge from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Area. The final five miles opened quietly on the morning of the 13th, greeting visitors of Washington State’s favorite National Park with windswept ridges and amazing views. In typical Olympic National Park fashion, the news was not announced via a Press Release like every other National Park in the United States typically does. 


Olympic National Park’s Deer Park Road And Campground Are Open!

Deer Park, one of the prettiest ridges in Olympic National Park, has reopened for hiking, driving and camping!

Deer Park, located 14.5 miles east of Hurricane Ridge, is known for stunning views and incredible hiking, as well as being one of the best accessible destinations to star gaze. Deer Park rests in the Olympic Rainshadow, allowing for a windswept ridge that often has some of the best weather in Western Washington. With 14 campsites facing away from the lights of Sequim, Victoria and the other towns of the Salish Sea, Deer Park makes for the ideal destination for those looking for epic views and stunning experiences a mile above the sea.


Made in the great Pacific Northwest

By Douglas and Mathias in Olympia, Washington and Livingston, Montana.

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