John MauriziExplorer

Boycotting Outdoor Retailer Is Misguided at Best, and Damaging to the Industry at Worst

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo about Outdoor Retailer over the last week or so.

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Backpack the High Divide and 7 Lakes Basin

Port Angeles, Washington

A day spent plying the trails of the High Divide in Olympic National Park changes an outdoorsman.

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Every Backpacker Should Print Their Maps From Caltopo. Here's Why.

When I started backpacking, I relied almost exclusively on Green Trails maps from REI.

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4-Day Backpack Trip to Thousand Island Lake

Madera County, California

Start from Agnew Meadows about 7 miles away.

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Hike and Climb the Via Ferrata de la Tour D'Ai

Leysin, Switzerland

A Via Ferrata is a protected climbing road created in the Alps made of steel.

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Hike to Big Heart Lake

Skykomish, Washington

This hike takes you past 5 lakes and a few different waterfalls, so if you don't wish to push on to Big Heart, you won't be disappointed! Start at the West Fork Foss River Trailhead, about 2.

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Backpack to Tank Lakes

Skykomish, Washington

Tucked high in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Tank Lakes has everything you could ask for out of a Washington hike.

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Backpack the Pacific Crest Trail's Section J: Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Skykomish, Washington

This is the Section J hike of the Pacific Crest Trail between Stevens and Snoqualmie Pass. It is about a 70 mile hike, and I started near Stevens Pass heading South.

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Hike to Minotaur Lake

Leavenworth, Washington

This short, steep hike offers rewarding views that is well worth the vertical challenge. Round trip this hike is only 3.5 miles but you will gain 1400 feet elevation in the first mile.

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Backpack the Pasayten Wilderness via Horseshoe Basin

Loomis, Washington

Please consult with the Forest Service for current road and trail conditions, especially of your are planning a trip on the fringes of the season, i.e.

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Hike the Pipestone Canyon Rim Trail Loop

Winthrop, Washington

The Methow Valley in north-central Washington is magical for myriad reasons—the dry powder and bluebird days of winter, the hot high-desert days of summer, stunning views of the North Cascades Mounta.

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Backpack to Cathedral Lakes and Amphitheater Mountain

Okanogan County, Washington

Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip.

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Backpack to Remmel Mtn. & Four Point Lake

Okanogan County, Washington

Remmel Mountain (8685 ft), the former site of a fire lookout, is a massive pile of granite and a wonderful destination for panoramic views of the rugged Pasayten Wilderness.

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Hiking Patterson Mountain

Twisp, Washington

The Patterson Mountain loop is the perfect way for a beginner to intermediate hiker to get acquainted with the arid eastern slope of the North Cascades. This 3.

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Hike Carne Mountain

Leavenworth, Washington

Drive USFS Road 62 for 23 miles from Lake Wenatchee (turn left at Cole's Corner off of Highway 2 towards Lake Wenatchee). Turn right on USFS Road 6211 for ~2.

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Backpack to Ice Lakes Basin

Leavenworth, Washington

Begin your adventure at the Phelps Creek Trailhead, roughly a 4 hour drive from Seattle.

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Hike Gothic Basin

Granite Falls, Washington

Looking for a hike that will make you feel like you're in a foreign landscape, but don't have to deal with that far of a drive? Then consider hiking Gothic Basin.

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Cross-Country Ski the Rendezvous Huts

Winthrop, Washington

During the winter months, there are few places in the country that are as isolated, picturesque and active as the Methow Valley, home to the western themed town of Winthrop and the tiny little town o.

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Backpack the White Pass-Pilot Ridge Loop

Darrington, Washington

This loop has it all - beautiful old growth forest, along the river, alpine lakes, giant peaks all around, and a myriad offering of side trips to truly make it your own.

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Hike to the Tawlks Foster Suspension Bridge

Winthrop, Washington

The pin above is a small gravel parking lot which is clearly marked as "Trail Head" from the road.

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Summit Black Peak

Pacific Crest Trail, Washington

Starting at the Heather-Maple Pass Loop Trailhead, jump onto the trail that will take you counter-clockwise along the loop. After about 1.

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Backpack at Wing Lake (North Cascades)

Chelan County, Washington

From Rainy Pass, take the trail to Ann Lake (pictured with island and wildflowers). About 1 mile into hike, you'll reach a fork. Take the right trail to Heather Pass.

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Camp at Snowy Lakes

Chelan County, Washington

Take Hwy 20 to Rainy Pass, and park at the trailhead on the east side of the highway. Begin on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), heading towards Cutthroat Pass.

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Hike Heather-Maple Pass Loop

Chelan County, Washington

Note to any hikers taking on this trail, this is a non-repeating trail meaning it goes in a big loop. The trailhead has 2 trail points of entrance.

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