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The Lookout

My brother-in-law (Brian) had proposed the idea of a  backpacking trip in the Salmon-Huckleberry wilderness several months ago. I had previously mentioned my desire for an outing in that area. On my last backpacking adventure, I packed light and slept under the stars. This time Brian and I resigned ourselves to overpacking, a consequence of the first trip of the season and our desire for comfort once we arrived.
Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
We knew we wanted to locate a decommissioned fire watch tower. We had planned routes, each facilitating a loop back to the car. But an enthusiastic, and somewhat overbearing, forest ranger convinced us to ascend via a trailhead we hadn’t considered. (This, after an equally enthusiastic grocer, a woman likely in her 60s, insisted Brian and I sample a third of the growler station IPAs on tap…at 9:00 a.m.)

FIre lookout
The trail was described as “arduous”, and didn’t particularly work well for a loop. We ascended nonetheless and were rewarded for our efforts, despite the likelihood the lookout was occupied (it is Memorial Day weekend, after all). The fire tower was indeed occupied, but we quickly learned its residents, great guys named Kelley and Mike, were on a day hike, and weren’t planning on staying.

Mist covered the horizon. We moved our prodigious gear into the lookout and discussed its history with Kelley and Mike.

After settling in and collecting firewood to restore the wood pile, a couple on their honeymoon arrived. We discussed their home (Georgia), our mutual love of Oregon, and vintage film cameras, before they descended back down the trail. We also shared some of our limited water, as they had forgotten their’s in the car.

One more backpacker arrived, a relaxed and routine hiker named Ryan. He arrived around 6:30 p.m., but left after a brief discussion and whiskey, sharing his burgeoning idea of summiting Mt. Hood in two days time.

Although we didn’t see far beyond the mist, and were disappointed to wake up to the same, this place is a gem in the wilderness regardless of the weather.







The Collective Quarterly

I just received the first edition of The Collective Quarterly, and it is stunning.

I was immediately attracted to this first edition, given its geographic focus: Absaroka.  These are the lands of my Wyoming childhood, magnificently captured by photographers and storytellers. Give it a look. Oh, and if you find yourself around some Wyoming locals, be sure to pronounce it “Ab-zor-kah”.  I’m looking at you, Longmire.


Issue 1: Absaroka from Collective Quarterly on Vimeo.

Slow is Fast

Yet another Patagonia (Malloy) project I am excited to have a look at, this time a book, Slow is Fast.  Book trailer below…


Slow is Fast Book Tour with Dan Malloy from Patagonia on Vimeo.

A Bit of Inspiration

As an avid follower of Rohan Anderson’s Whole Larder Love, I have read his story and understood his motivation for engaging in a lifestyle in which he grows, forages, and locally sources food for himself and his family.  I intellectually grasped his passion and ethos in his approach to a lifestyle that embraces the simplicity and integrity of sourcing one’s own food.  But last night at Portland’s Ned Ludd, Jason from Applied Observation and I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Rohan himself, as well as hear him tell his story in person.  The man has an energy, generosity, and purpose that is difficult to explain and probably impossible to fully grasp unless you meet him in person.  I left the event with a feeling of inspiration that I haven’t experienced in awhile, and I encourage anyone who lives near an upcoming WLL event venue to go meet and chat with Ro yourself.  I took a couple of pics during the evening, but admittedly they were an afterthought on account of the great food (prepared by Ned Ludd from recipes in WLL), introductions, and conversation that accompanied the evening.




Three Good Gifts

Good things come in threes.  I put together some of my favorite gift ideas in packages of threes that would sit nicely under a Christmas tree in 10 days time.

1. Suunto M-3 Global Pro Compass – REI
2. The Wilderness Route Finder – Best Made Co.
3. Various – USGS Map Store 

1. Opinel Knife – Canoe
2. Lasso T – Poler Camping Stuff
3. Ranger Firesteel – Firesteel 

1. Field Notes Expedition Edition – Field Notes
2. Meriwether Flask – Meriwether of Montana
3. Filson Merino Wool Fingerless Gloves – Filson 

1. The Riding Pack – Poler Stuff
2. Bike Water Bottle – Poler Stuff
3. The Loading Dock – Portland Design Works

1. Camp Chef Yellowstone National Park Dutch Oven – Camp Chef
2. Whole Larder Love Book – Amazon
3. Potato Ricer – Cabelas 


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