Walls of Coal in Zinkeland: A puppet in a cowboy hat

Well, the last few days have gotten a bit more interesting in Zinkeland. There are statements about the feasibility of wall along the border, giant walls of coal have been erected on the BLM website and very tiny checks from very tiny hands have been handed out to the Department of the Interior.

Olympic Inspiration: Second Beach and the Quileute Needles

Out along the wilderness coast of the Olympic Peninsula, endless coastal wonders await those longing for a truly Pacific Northwest beach experience. Stretching for 73 miles, from Shi Shi to Kalaloch, the wilderness coast of Olympic has inspired countless generation and left millions of visitors awestruck with the sheer beauty of these jagged and remote stretches along the Pacific. Ranging in levels of accessibility, the Olympic coast offers something for everyone, letting each individual find their perfect slice of sandy, driftwood-filled beaches. For many, the highlight of the coast comes at Olympic National Park’s Second Beach near the town of LaPush.

Gear We Love – 2017 Edition

This is an advance excerpt from our highly anticipated and soon to be released Summit Book 2017. Really, it is worth the wait, we promise!

ONP announces Hurricane Ridge Winter schedule

Snow is falling in the mountains, time to head for the hills. And if you’re thinking Hurricane Ridge, above Port Angeles here is your guide, provided by the Olympic National Park on when to go and what to do:

Two of the Five “High On Life” Idiots Plead Guilty in Yellowstone

You might remember a story this summer about five bros from Canada who decided to disregard National Park laws, common sense and Leave No Trace Principles to bro out in America’s National Park. From Flying drones in wilderness regions and protected areas, to leaving the boardwalk at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Hot Springs and numerous acts in-between, the five guys from the great white north angered nature lovers from around the world. With a blatant disregard for not only their general well-being, but also for rules and regulations, the guys from “High on Life” started a discussion about what it means to be proper stewards in our public lands. On November 1st, 2016, two of the five plead guilt to charges from the National Park Service. 

Your Passes to all the Adventure in Washington State

Knowing what permit or pass you need to get to beautiful nature areas in Washington can be harder to navigate than the backcountry itself. We’ll take an in-depth look at the different access passes you need to enjoy unlimited adventures in the outdoors just outside your front door.

Olympic National Park Visitation on Near Record Pace

While the summer weather of 2016 is off to less than a stellar start, the wettest spring on record did little to dampen the enthusiasm for Olympic National Park. Washington State’s most-visited National Park has seen nearly one million visitors in the first five months of 2016. Spurned on by a Centennial Celebration for our National Parks, visitation at nearly all of America’s National Parks is seeing incredible high numbers. With the summer months of visitation in full swing, Olympic National Park not only has a chance to see its busiest year in decades, but maybe in its history. 

The Olympic Peninsula’s Cape Flattery, Via Drone

Cape Flattery is a classic destination, not just on the Olympic Peninsula or the state of Washington, but in the nation. Out on the exposed rocks, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in full glory, Cape Flattery is a timeless testament to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Most know the cape as being the place where they can stand and be at the Northwestern-most point in the contiguous United States. While that doesn’t flow off the tongue, standing on the rocky embankments is inspiring and moving, riding the gap between humanity and wilderness. 

The Outdoor Society Turns One!

Happy First Anniversary, The Outdoor Society!

You look mighty fine for being one year old.

Over many beers and on endless hiking trails, TOS founders Doug and Mathias discussed what we felt was missing in the Outdoor Magazine world. We found that all around our beloved Pacific Northwest, beautiful regions and amazing experiences got often short-changed, under appreciated and kept a secret, even to locals. 

Introducing the Summit Book: 2016

Oh, hey there! We just published a book!
Our first annual Summit Book for 2016 is fresh off the printer and we couldn’t be happier with what we’ve created. It serves as a mile marker for how much we’ve grown. The book is our annual celebration of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, one of the greatest places on this planet, as we invite you to join the fun.