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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.


Ten things outdoor enthusiasts loves about Apple Watch and iPhone

Mathias Eichler for iMore

Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch were born in the clean, white, and aluminum-accented labs in Cupertino, California and are assembled in a sterile factory without a speck of dust in the room, and even fingerprints are unseen. Though they start in the security of indoor labs, they’re really great tools for the outdoors. I’ve been taking my iPhone and Apple Watch into the backcountry for a long time now and am continuously surprised and delighted how well they hold up. Each iteration gets better and makes adventuring more fun.

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Mobile Warming Bluetooth-enabled Primer baselayer shirt review

Mathias Eichler for iMore

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”, someone once said. But when temperatures drop and we’re stuck on a ski lift, cold temperatures can easily creep into even our best-insulated clothing. Once you’re cold, it’s no fun to play in the snow. I’ve recently had the chance to test out the Primer Shirt baselayer by Mobile Warming ‘Technology by Fieldsheer’.

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A Dozen and Half Wildflower Hikes to Explore Outside of Seattle

Douglas Scott for Curbed Seattle

We all love wildflowers. You could say we go wild for them. You probably shouldn’t, but one could if they wanted to make a terrible dad joke. Because of the allure and draw of the flower bloom, I was asked by Curbed Seattle to write a post that helps residents of Seattle and the Puget Sound see the best of the wildflower blooms. From the Olympics to Rainier, and even hikes around Snoqualmie, I highlighted a few of my favorite spots. Yes, I also included a piece on being a good steward of the land, making sure we have wildflower fields for generations to come. Give it a read. You’ll like it… if you like wildflowers.

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Bivystick review: A satellite communicator that brings peace of mind in the great outdoors

Mathias Eichler for iMore

Heading out to your favorite National Park on a backcountry adventure, you realize quickly how fast that cell signal disappears. While this might be welcome to curb the distracting emails and social media notifications, when it comes to safety, we’ve all come to rely on our phones to track our location. We use them to reach out to friends and family, giving them updates on where we are at, to look at maps, and to use GPS to track our progress. All this is more than just vanity, It helps get us home safe.

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Made in the great Pacific Northwest

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

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