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Unwrapping a White Christmas in the Olympic Mountains

I never expect a White Christmas, and if you are a resident of Western Washington, you shouldn’t either. Over the last century, the city of Seattle has only had four Christmas Days with snowfall. In outlying areas, the total is higher, but not much. In the Pacific Northwest, snowy holidays are what we see on Instagram or …

A Live Event: The Childhood of the Outdoor Society

Have you ever read an article from The Outdoor Society, and thought to yourself, “How on earth did these individuals become the amazing, nature-loving adults we know and love?”  Chances are, you haven’t, but that is ok. This coming Tuesday, November 10th, you have the unique privilege of attending an event that will give insight …

Watching the Olympic Rainforest Burn: A Firsthand Account

I awoke to the smell of the rainforest burning. I wasn’t shocked by this, in fact, it was what I was hoping for. Five miles to my north, the Paradise Fire was burning over 1,200 acres of Olympic National Park wilderness along the Queets River, and showed no signs of slowing down. High above the …

Spelunking with Drones in Vietnam

For anyone that knows me, they are aware that recently I have become quite intrigued with drone photography. Whether it is flying off the crater at Mt St Helens, or just my attempts to take cool pictures of the Olympic Mountains, the possibilities of getting yet another angle on wilderness excites me. That is why …

Amazing Video from Greenland’s Ilulissat Glacier

Nature documentaries are my not so guilty pleasure, especially ones who show remote parts of the world that seem foreign and remote. That is why, when I caught a glimpse of this video from the  documentary “Chasing Ice”, I had to not only share it, but watch it on iTunes. It is well worth the $13. …

Volcano Eruption Pictures Never Cease to Amaze: Villarrica Edition

I was born in the shadows of volcanoes. My life has been spent looking in craters or exploring the slopes of volcanos that could erupt. I live in the Pacific Northwest, home to volcanoes that are dead, erupted or waiting for their moment. My year of birth is 1981, meaning I missed the eruption of Mount Saint …

Bison Charges Parked Car in Yellowstone: Video

Anyone that knows me knows I preach and practice keeping proper distance from wildlife at all times. From writing blogs about it for other publications, to educating people on the issue every chance I get, I am always telling people one thing- If you stay far away from an animal, you will be fine. Sometimes, …

Disgusting Facts: Salmon Sperm Helps Recycling, Herring Sperm Stops Fires

In a story that I can only describe as disgustingly creative, Japanese researchers have discovered that salmon sperm can help separate rare earth elements (REEs) from scrap metals. In a study conducted by the University of Tokyo, salmon sperm was found to separate REEs from ore, magnets and electronic waste.

Climb in Grand Teton National Park, from any device

There are those who stare at a mountain from afar, day-dreaming of the potential panoramas caught from their rocky summits. Some are unable to climb due to modern-day problems like work and children, while others have lost the ability to get out and explore the wilderness. Now, from the comfort of your own screen, you …