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Q&A: Commissioner of public lands Hilary Franz on Washington’s wildfires, new...

As commissioner of public lands, Hilary Franz oversees the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Franz developed a wildfire and forest health funding...

Hart Steens odyssey

A road trip to the Northwest’s ‘real West’ Story and photos by Eric Lucas I’m a middle-age white guy in a 1999 4Runner, V6, 206 cubic...

Sucia Island boat camping

Story and photos by Jason Griffith The sky seemed to have merged with the sea, except the stars below the horizon were like fireflies winking...

Among the birds

Early morning birding on Galbraith Mountain Story and photos by Ben Stalheim I hate my alarm. It’s set to my favorite song of all time, Rusted Root’s...

Roatán

A diver's paradise Story and photos by Pat Grubb In June, my daughter Alex called me up out of the blue from San Francisco and asked...

Go your own pace

Solo backpacking to Wing Lake and Black Peak Story and photos by Skye Schillhammer I spent most of my life hiking, backpacking and exploring the lakes...

Fall gear guide, 2021

Nemo Helio Portable Shower $99.95 Unlike gravity camp showers, the Helio portable pressurized shower and sprayer rests on the ground. The 2.9-gallon tank is pressurized with...

Remembering to breathe

Exercises to enhance breathing while backpacking Story and photos by Luca Williams This season I thought about backpacking Copper Lake Loop off Hannegan Pass, but...

My Private Island

A family retreat from the Diablo Lake crowds By Tony Moceri Venturing out into wilderness on a camping trip is a great way to spend time...