Snow is finally coming to the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula! While lowland residents bemoan the return of the rain, the drought beleaguered summits of the region are rejoicing. A atmospheric onslaught of moisture is currently dousing the Pacific Northwest and will continue to do so for the next week, bringing a winter wonderland to your favorite local mountains. For us here at the Outdoor Society, we decided to take a look at the upcoming snow totals for the Olympics and were amazed.
As the snowy season has officially kicked off, Olympic National Park and the Northwest Avalanche Center have joined forces to provide a free event to the public for avalanche awareness. This event is a great way to brush up on some tips, ask avalanche related questions and get to know the park a bit better in the winter. If you plan on exploring Olympic’s snowy areas this winter, you don’t want to miss this!
There is nothing quite like reading a good book. Page after page, we find ourselves intoxicated with what is next, learning and becoming motivated by the printed word. Books inspire us, teach us, and connect us to hobbies and landscapes near and far. For us, and maybe even you, books are a way to relax and rejuvenate our souls on rainy days and dark nights. While there are thousands of books we love, there are five we would like to recommend right now, each hopefully bringing you as much joy as they brought us.
In this brief chat Douglas and Mathias discuss the pros and cons of creating your own ultra adventure vs. participating in organized races. Mathias drinks whiskey with a headlamp on while sharing the progress on his EverySingleStreet project using a SPOTX satellite messenger.
The first taste of wilderness is an unforgettable high, forever altering the chemistry of your brain. Surrounded by seemingly endless nature, your perception of life, the universe and everything becomes forever changed. For most of us, that initial high we get from the great outdoors becomes our addiction, leading to us searching over maps and driving down dirt roads looking for our next fix at all hours of the day. We chase it day in and day our, blinded by the addictive properties of our public lands.
Mark your calendars! The Department of Interior has announced the five fee free days for 2019! After having just four free days in 2018, the Parks added another day, giving us five fee free days to enjoy the National Parks and lands operated by the Department of Interior. The release of this information is always super exciting for us here at The Outdoor Society, as we get to share the information with you all! This year, head out on one of these days and share your love of public lands with someone new!
In this week’s jam packed episode, Mathias embraces the holiday spirit, Douglas makes 90s hip hop references, we discuss running the roads of Olympia for #RunEveryRoad or #everysingleroad and then we dive back into our amazing gear reviews. We also highlight the brand new Summit Book 2019, now available on our website, and Douglas answers rapid fire questions. Whew. This episode is brought to you by your 5-star reviews! Haven’t left one yet? Why not?
This post was written and posted in one hour for #NatureWritingChallenge. Join us for this weekly writing challenge!
All we knew is that we wanted to hike in snow. After a weekend of snow dumping down in the mountains, adventure was filling our blood and we were becoming drunk off of potential wanderlust. Reports of feet of powder were trickling in and we longed to be a part of it. It didn’t matter where we had to go to find snow, we just needed to explore the mountains on a pair of snowshoes. We checked roads, checked our gear and headed up Highway 101, eager to reach the wonderland of winter weather that was waiting for us.
This week, Mathias and Doug catch up on the latest running projects they have been enduring, wax poetic about the Olympic Peninsula’s Mount Ellinor and work up an appetitive talking about Pizza, Burgers and Shakes with this week’s sponsor, Eastside Big Toms. After the break, your co-hosts chat about the upcoming holidays and then dive into awesome gift ideas. Listen, love, laugh and long for more Single Track Adventures. Oh, and don’t forget to visit our store for guidebooks, calendars, notebooks and the 2019 Summit Book!
Live from the OR show in Denver, Colorado, Mathias and Douglas discuss the trade show in great length while trying to stay awake after long trips to get there. Stoked by the environmentally friendly new products, political activism of the Outdoor Industry, talking to new and old favorite companies, and a few quirky contraptions, your heroes might have recorded their most exhausting podcast ever. Short and sweet, they even discuss running a bit before ending this episode. Listeners, try to guess who was the most exhausted!
Sometimes, random encounters with a stranger on a Public Land can become incredible memorable, inspiring a story that gets retold more than you mean to. For this week’s #NatureWritingChallenge, I decided to share one of my frequently told stories about a stranger I encountered in a National Park. Unlike many stories I tell a lot, this has never been put down on paper. Until now. Enjoy.
I was recently asked what my wishlist for Public Lands would be, and since we are just days away from the 2018 mid-term elections, I wanted to give a thought out and carefully crafted response. However, this question was posed as a #NatureWritingChallenge, meaning I only had one hour to write this. This is what I wrote:
After a whirlwind travel week your friendly neighborhood podcasting hosts share stories of fall adventures at castles in Germany, running into friends on Cub Peak above Hoodsport, WA and how much broken fingers hurt. They didn’t talk about cured ham or delicious cakes, which they regret deeply. Mathias also shares his first big race signup for the new year. Exciting!
The entrances to National Parks are like gateways to another world, granting access to breathtaking landscapes that are mostly untouched by human interference. The provide entry to lands full of wondrous wilderness and wildlife, where adventures await all who are fortunate enough to enter. While there are no bad entrances to National Parks, each of us has a favorite, one that speaks directly to our soul. Sparking our sense of adventure and increasing our love for public lands, these entrances are special, and are filled with amazing memories.
I have been called a fair weather hiker by quite a few people. For awhile, I denied this, hoping I could convince myself and others that I would be outdoors in rain, snow, sun, wind, whatever. I have tried, and I often fail to shake this label off of me. For as much as I feel the call of the wild on sunny days, I experience a pull toward comfort on rainy cold days. Wrapped in a blanket, sitting in front of a fire, drinking whiskey and hot chocolate, this is where my brain longs to be during inclement weather. Sure, I have hiked the rainforests in monsoons, trail ran Yellowstone in blizzards and climbed towering peaks in severe winds, but if you ask me if I enjoyed it, my voice may waiver as I respond of course. Bad weather and I usually not friends, but when I hear of a storm raging toward the Olympic Coast, everything changes.