Editorial

Learning the Lexicon of the Places We Love 

Cover photo courtesy of Brian Heer The first time I saw a grouse in the backcountry, I thought it was a chicken.   It’s just one ...
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An Enlightening Backcountry Encounter

When my brother and I finally carved out a weekend last summer to meet at an alpine lake in the Cascades, stargazing became a goal ...
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A Case for Reading the Weather

Cover photo courtesy of Lisa Laughlin I didn’t recreate as a kid, per se, but I did spend a lot of time outside looking at ...
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Exploring Winter

I remember the first time I stopped to listen to the sound of snow falling hard in the countryside. It sounded like the rush of ...
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Breathing Into Shoulder Season

I often reach a point during summer where everything feels a little much. The days become too bright, too busy—that sun-tired feeling compounds and the ...
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For the Love of a Place

It had been five years since I’d hiked to the lake. It was a modest alpine lake in the northeast Cascades, tucked in the Lake ...
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Learning on the Trail

I’ve hit the backcountry more than I have in years this summer. From camping amidst yarrow and wild strawberries in the Okanogan National Forest to ...
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Jumping in to Summer

Water seemed a contradiction, where I grew up. In the Columbia Basin, summer days are so dry you can smell a raincloud before it hits. ...
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Illumination for the Long Run

The last few spring seasons, the outdoor adventures I’d come to live for were cut short or cut entirely. I used to enjoy a Saturday ...
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