Published on TheTrek.co
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington
512 miles, 111,000 feet of elevation gain, and 107,450 feet of elevation loss. And you thought the Sierra were hard! Washington seldom gets the praise it’s due however, this state has such a wide variety of terrain and such incredible beauty that it’s worth hiking all by itself in the prime summer months.
8 of the Best Stretches for Thru-Hikers
Thru-hiking requires stamina, muscular endurance, stability, and mental fortitude. A good athlete practices a holistic approach to fitness: nutrition, rest, and mobility alongside the more strenuous training. Stretching helps to keep the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy.
The Pacific Northwest Trail: 1,200 Miles of Rugged Wilderness
The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is a 1200-mile route crossing the northern reaches of Montana, Idaho and Washington. This year the trail celebrates its tenth anniversary as a National Scenic Trail and yet many adventurous hikers have never heard of it. Let’s set the record straight.
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout
I’m not a gearhead, and it’s because I simply can’t afford to be. I seldom buy the brand new, current season gear, and never buy anything at full price. As a new writer for The Trek, I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a brand new tent. I chose to review a tent that would fall within my actual budget: the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout.
Gear Review: Altra Superior 4.0
The most important piece of gear for long-distance hikers is also one of the most personal: our shoes. The more traditional leather hiking boot is declining in popularity and the lighter and more dynamic trail runner is now a shoe of choice. Altra’s Superior 4.0 features upgrades to the design including more reinforcements to the upper and soles of the shoe.
Published in Mount Baker Experience Magazine
Escape to the Southern Gulf Islands
From Washington state the San Juan island archipelago continues north across the border, where they’re known as the southern Gulf Islands. This collection of 15 islands is every bit as charming as the San Juans, and many of the islands are easily reached by ferry from Tsawwassen, B.C.
Winter Magic: 3 easy snowshoe trips near Vancouver
Many favorite trails become inaccessible by road in the winter, but the few that remain are worth seeking out. Layer up, grab a pack, strap on your snowshoes and venture out onto one of these B.C. trails to enjoy the magic of winter in the mountains.