Yes! The Wild Olympics Bill Just Passed The Natural Resources Committee. Now What?

December 5th, 2019, is a good day. On this day, 126,500 acres, 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, got a little closer to becoming more protected and wild. The river valleys, located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, received some good news out of D.C. The Wild Olympics Bill was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee! 


85: ‘Oh Man, That’s a Tough Break’


America’s Favorite Podcasters(TM) take on La Sportiva shoes, gyms for millennials and overpriced Xmas presents. What to do when encountering  grizzlies and hunters while on a run and what not to do when getting lost on a long trail race.

Also: New trail races for 2020!


The Trail Running Shoes in my Gear Closet

I love crazy colors and any outdoor brand that can deliver on that point will have my attention. Combine that with a long history of mountaineering in the Alps and you’ve got La Sportiva, one of the best gear brands for trail runners. You’ve seen their shoes on granite cliffs on Yosemite and on high altitude glaciers in the Himalayas. This shows La Sportiva’s experience and commitment to serious adventuring. A company born in the Dolomites and still family-run up until this day.


The First Low Snow Has Arrived in Olympic National Park

Each year, when daylight hours start to dwindle and the temperature hovers around freezing, an excitement builds around the Pacific Northwest. As news reports whip us into a frenzy over incoming winter weather conditions, the freezing level starts falling toward sea-level, raising our expectations for a chance to experience a winter wonderland. When it snows in the Pacific Northwest, our normal world, full of endless green, transforms, wrapping itself in a silent blanket of white. The first winter snowfall on our favorite trails leads us into an unexpected wonderland, inspiring snowy adventures in what no feels like a foreign landscape.


84: ‘Saving the Best for Last – Our Incredible Holiday Gift Guide Part 2’


Happy Thanksgiving and happy ‘Gift Guide Part 2’. Here are a few more of our favorite things, packaged, dissected, recommended and reviewed. Part 1 can be found here. We love all this stuff and we hope you will love it too. If you do, buy it via the direct links on this page.


83: ‘So Big We’re Cutting it into Two – Our Holiday Gift Guide Part 1’

This one ran away from us a bit and went a wee bit long, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. So, we’re cutting the show into two, more manageable portions, releasing them this week and next. We’re nice like that. This week drops part 1. Thanksgiving week you will get part 2. For a full list of all the products including pictures and links to purchase come right this way.


Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Here it is folks, our glorious The Outdoor Society Gift Guide for 2019. We’re excited to be partnering with several cool gear companies to bring you useful, sustainable, fun, practical and backcountry proven gifts for trail runners, camping enthusiasts and outdoor lovers.

We’re sure there’s something in there you will fall in love with. In fact, we recommend you to just forward this entire page to your family as your holiday wish list. You’re welcome!

For the audio version with a full length discussion on all the products in this guide, and lots of laughter, tune in to episode #83 and #84 of our award winning and losing podcast Singletrack.


Stories of Adventure: An Evening of Inspiration

In the cold and dark of winter, let’s light the fire of adventure. Get inspired for a new year filled with glorious sunsets, spectacular mountains, and winding trails among trees.


82: ‘You Call That a Sport?’ with Special Guests Jeff Fullmer and Jeremy Smith

Race directors Jeff Fullmer and Jeremy Smith join us for a special episodes previewing the Palisades Ultra Trail Series in the beautiful and rugged Idaho/Wyoming backcountry near Grand Teton National Park. Located right in their backyard, in wild grizzly bear country, the team has created an unforgettable race weekend. Racers will run along sweet single track through beautiful wildflower meadows and across many refreshing streams. Your summer plans just included a road trip. Doug will be your guide!


81: ‘Welcome to Backcountry, the New Trail Running Podcast’

Yes, we have an opinion on Backcountry.com’s litigious trademark game, of course we do. But at least it’s short and sweet. We’re also dreaming of traveling to our national parks by train and talk about running at Kaiser Hills and places that are really really cold, like Livingston.