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American Forests Conservation Spotlight: Mt Adams in Washington
Posted on October 18, 2016

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is home to the famous Mt. St. Helens National Volcano Monument. Photo: W. Tipton via Flickr

As our 2016 American Forests conservation campaign comes to a close, we profile a powerful reforestation cause in the heavily burned areas our home state of Washington near Mt. Adams. Read more below.

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American Forests Conservation Spotlight: Montana’s Eureka Basin
Posted on September 20, 2016

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest covers 3.36 million acres and is the largest of the National Forests in Montana. Photo: Forest Service Northern Region via Flickr

As our 2016 partnership continues with American Forests, we profile another worthy project, this time from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

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Seth Waterfall Gallery from Climbing Mt. Elbrus in Russia
Posted on August 21, 2016

We were treated to relatively clear skies and a beautiful sunrise.

This past June Seth Waterfall made his third guiding trip to Russia to climb Mt. Elbrus. It’s an endlessly fascinating country to anyone who was raised during the Cold War and the climb is a little different than some of the other uphill walks that Seth has taken around the globe from Denali and Kilimanjaro to Everest. One of our all-time favorite guides checked in with us and gave us a glimpse into what was a mountain once shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.

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Chris Coulter Ticks Lone Peak with His Utah Crew
Posted on August 12, 2016

The last light shines over the Salt Lake Valley.

Chris Coulter gets after it during snow season, migrating between Haines, Silverton, and Bariloche. But when the peaks melt out and he’s taking a break from guiding, Coulter likes to get up into the mountains with his local Utah crew. One of the places he gravitates to is Utah’s Lone Peak, which Coulter climbed with his crew again last summer. This is the report from the trip.

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Navigating the Wilderness as Refuge
Posted on August 4, 2016

The Northern Lights from the wilderness of Labrador during the Destination Torngat mission. Photo: Ben Marr

Wilderness, for all of us, is a refuge. In a world that constantly moves way too fast, it is the mountains, rivers and forests that provide us with the places we need to recharge. A slowly waking trout stream, a winding trail or a clean, undisturbed backcountry line—the moment we unplug and connect with those visceral experiences we find a consciousness of something very different from the swirl of the everyday. We don’t remember the meeting we had last Tuesday, but we live for the towering summit vista, the interaction in a foreign village or the weeklong trip immersed in the wilderness. We remember those moments like they were yesterday.

Words by Dan K, Images by Ben Marr and Lynsey Dyer

For active folks like us, who live for these places and endlessly plot our next adventure, we can never have enough of these moments. Our guides and athletes, well, they take it up a few levels in intensity. These are not only the places they work and train, but the locations that feed their souls—while showing others the way. They represent the pinnacle of what we would all do if we were a little more free, a little more fit and maybe a little more skilled. They are always at home in these places. Each time we publish one of their stories, it is with great respect and great admiration—but also with a hunger for the essence of their adventure.

For the past four-and-a-half years as the editor of the Live Your Adventure blog—and the past five as a writer and content editor for our brand—two quotes stared me at me each day from the wall of my desk as Mt. Rainier loomed out the back window. The first was from Eddie Bauer guide and UN ambassador Jake Norton, whose words reminded me to, “Focus on what is important in life, the fundamentals, for soon you’ll be back in the mountains.”

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Ed Viesturs Shares the Rewarding Toil of Climbing Washington’s Mt. Rainier with His Son
Posted on August 3, 2016

Ed and Gil Rainier's summit

Ed Viesturs has climbed Washington’s Mt. Rainier 216 times since he first cut his guiding teeth on the mountain. Each summer he returns to his roots, offering two guided climbs to anyone wanting to sign up. But this year was different. A last-minute cancellation by one of his clients allowed him to take his son Gil along, introducing him to the toil of a peak that has meant so much to Ed personally for so long.

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Chris Korbulic Ticks Remote Descent of the Napeequa Solo
Posted on August 2, 2016

Getting to the top of the pass was just physically demanding and highly exposed, but required no technical moves. At the top and down the other side there was little snow and I could take the trail most of the way down to the river. The view was surreal and the scale of the landscape I was entering became clear from the top.

Northwest mountain icon Fred Beckey calls the Napeequa River Valley the most interesting valley of the Central Cascades. Flowing from the Butterfly Glacier in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, then exiting into the White River after crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge, it is geologically unique, extremely remote, and accessed via passes that are collectively more than 6,000 feet high. It also is a river that had rarely, if ever, been run in a kayak—until Chris Korbulic got word of its existence. He originally had planned to run it with a partner, but when the plan became a much longer epic, Korbulic ran it solo—ticking a likely first descent of a legendary Northwest river. Not only did he accomplish the feat solo, but he also captured the images and the story to tell the tale. We’re running his images, context, and Ben Stookesberry’s report on the endeavor below.

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