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  • 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 a foot pump — and with occasional pumps you can keep it fully pressurized for 5-7 minutes of strong, continuous spray. The tank cannot be over-inflated. Set the black […]
  • Summer gear guide, 2021 - Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp E5 $6,000 You’ll be eating up the miles on this extremely light-weight e-road bike from Specialized. The internal battery gives you up to 80 miles of range; an optional range extender can provide another 40 or so miles. Future Shock front forks, Shimano running gear. fairhavenbicycles.com. HellyHansen LIFA Active Solen […]
  • Spring 2021 gear guide - By Pat Grubb Nutcase vio MIPS led helmet 360-degree lighting provides visibility for the rider and motorists with a 3-hour run time. Adjustable spin dial for fit, magnetic buckle and removable visor, the helmet features two layers of foam for ultimate protection. $1 nutcasehelmets.com TIGR Mini u-lock The original TiGr® mini with reinforced mounting clip. […]
  • Good stuff guide - By Pat Grubb Lifaloft Insulated Flannel Shirt Jacket The classic flannel shirt, only better. Lightweight Lifaloft keeps you warmer longer. $160. Hellyhansen.com   Grayl geopress purifiet Fill, press, drink. This portable purifier makes 24 oz of safe, clean water no matter where you are. It filters out pathogens, pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals and even microplastics. […]
  • Seduced by the Juice: An e-bike primer - By Pat Grubb A silent revolution in the cycling world that began in China and conquered Europe is now riding strong across North America. Electric bikes, or “e-bikes” are finding fans across all ages and all styles of riding. With its quick-paced success, it might be time to hop on the bandwagon, or bike, if you […]
  • Treelines Northwest: Local clothing brand supports trail work - Stories and photos by Brad Andrew Mountain bike trails don’t just fall from the sky and land in the forest for all to enjoy. Whether you prefer flowing single-track or high-speed jump lines, those trails are conceived, sculpted and maintained by human hands. Growing up in Skagit County during the 1980s and early 90s, Adam […]
  • The Trailblazing Packable Tool - Locally made Trail Boss sells worldwide By Oliver Lazenby In February 2017, Bellingham resident Bill Hasenjaeger attended an outdoor expo where he walked into a talk about recreation-related business and described his target market as unemployed mountain bikers building jumps on trails. That’s a small market, compared to others at the talk. It’s also an […]
  • The endangered telemark skier: the last of the breed pushes on in pursuit of a low, surfy turn - By Oliver Lazenby During telemark skiing’s last growth spurt in the 1990s, many picked it up to ski the backcountry; telemark bindings were the most popular and lightest tool for skiing uphill. They allow skiers to lift their heels and walk, and on the way down they require a drop-knee telemark turn where one ski […]
  • New owner, same heritage at the snowboard shop that grew with the Northwest -   Update (January 8, 2018): Jeff Lemen is no longer affiliated with the Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop. Marcella and Bobbie Dobis own the Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop and are raising money for repairs to the building. More information here: www.youcaring.com/mtbakersnowboardshop-1028503 Lemen has opened Mt. Baker Snowboards located at 9946 Mt. Baker Highway in Glacier.  By Oliver Lazenby When […]
  • Winter 2017 gear guide - By Pat Grubb The ultimate “cheap for the deep” deal John at Glacier Ski Shop is offering a great package – 122 mm wide Fischer Big Stix skis with WTR 16 Salomon bindings for just $499. Also, on the boot side, the shop is offering custom boot fitting by Master Fit University certified staff. glacierskishop.com […]

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  • 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 a foot pump — and with occasional pumps you can keep it fully pressurized for 5-7 minutes of strong, continuous spray. The tank cannot be over-inflated. Set the black […]
  • Summer gear guide, 2021 - Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp E5 $6,000 You’ll be eating up the miles on this extremely light-weight e-road bike from Specialized. The internal battery gives you up to 80 miles of range; an optional range extender can provide another 40 or so miles. Future Shock front forks, Shimano running gear. fairhavenbicycles.com. HellyHansen LIFA Active Solen […]
  • Cosmic Dirt: New local clothing brand strives for outdoor inclusivity - By Elizabeth Kimberly Here in Bellingham, many of us seek the flow state. You know it: That sensation where you’re fully immersed in the moment, sea salt breeze in your face, cosmos aligned, all worries and woes lifted. Maybe you’re surfing a loamy steep corner, hopping among pillows of powder, or wandering through a forest […]
  • Cirque of the Towers - Written as a beginner’s guide to alpine climbing Story and photos by Jason Griffith When the summer of 2020 rolled around, let’s face it, we were all going a bit stir-crazy. And so my regular climbing partners and I hit the road rather than spend our traditional one-week alpine climbing holiday in the Cascades. Destination: […]
  • Snorkel Alaska - By Eric Lucas I did not know sea cucumbers move. Yes, I’m aware they are marine creatures common in the North Pacific near-shore intertidal waters. Not vegetative beings, like gherkins. Echinoderms, as they are technically referred, are found worldwide. And here they are, in the brisk waters of Ketchikan, Alaska, where I am watching some […]
  • Spring 2021 gear guide - By Pat Grubb Nutcase vio MIPS led helmet 360-degree lighting provides visibility for the rider and motorists with a 3-hour run time. Adjustable spin dial for fit, magnetic buckle and removable visor, the helmet features two layers of foam for ultimate protection. $1 nutcasehelmets.com TIGR Mini u-lock The original TiGr® mini with reinforced mounting clip. […]
  • After years of change Gear Aid is spreading its philosophy of gear care and repair - By Oliver Lazenby For people who use Gear Aid products, Pat Kennedy’s first experience with the company may sound familiar. The first time he wore his $300 Mountain Hardwear puffy coat – the first nice puffy coat he ever owned – his dog jumped on him and tore a one-inch rip in the synthetic fabric. […]
  • Following Footsteps: Climbing Rainier in gear from a famous 1963 expedition - By Andrew Waite About halfway across the Cowlitz Glacier, one of my crampons fell off for the first time. It loosened again on Cathedral Gap and then fell off on Ingraham Flats. From the front of our rope team, my guide’s headlamp beam swiveled toward me. “Let’s fix it at the first break,” Steve said. […]
  • Winter 2020 gear guide -   By Pat Grubb Burton Ruler men’s step on boot with step on bindings Step in, step out. Step on bindings have come a long way in terms of performance and reliability. Burton offers a boot and binding bundle that’s as easy as it is convenient. Three connection points – two at the toe and […]
  • Why are skis fatter in the PNW? Some insight from Backcountry Essentials - By Chris Gerston In the Pacific Northwest, and definitely in Bellingham, we seem to like our beers hoppy, our snow plentiful and our skis fat. We are in an oddball corner of the country that the national news outlets seem to forget exists. And that’s not bad. But, when it comes to ski gear, we […]

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