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Making a Homemade Compass

Making a Homemade Compass

I become a trifle nauseated at the thought of people hauling their electronic gizmos into the woods. The entire point of the exercise revolves around escaping modern society, even if just for a little while.

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

Most outdoorsy folks don’t know the differences between regulations imposed by national parks, national forests and state parks. It’s usually not a big deal unless you’re a dog lover, recreational shooter, or multi-day camper.

What To Do When You Encounter a Mountain Goat

What To Do When You Encounter a Mountain Goat

Mountain goats are among the most majestic creatures in the wilderness; unfortunately, they are also one of the most aggressive. Numerous reports of aggressive goat populations led to the closure of the Mount Ellinor Trail in Olympic National Forest last month and

Welcome to Wenger

Welcome to Wenger

Every so often, people stumble on hidden gems. Sometimes it’s breathtaking scenery or perhaps  it’s witnessing a rare natural event. For some, it’s finding an item of significant value while for others, it’s collecting another man’s junk. Whatever your idea of a hidden gem is – we hope

How To Make Drinkable Water In The Middle Of Nowhere

How To Make Drinkable Water In The Middle Of Nowhere

More important than finding food or shelter while wandering the wilderness, is maintaining hydration. Our ability to survive without food maxes out at 40 days, but our ability to survive without proper hydration hits its peak somewhere in the 4 to 5 day range (seven if you’re

The 5 Best Views of Mt. Rainier

The 5 Best Views of Mt. Rainier

Admittedly, everyone has his or her ‘favorite Mt. Rainier viewpoint’, so this list should be considered entirely subjective. One thing is for sure, though – any of these five spots will offer a breathtaking view of our state’s most iconic natural wonder.

Learning to Camp by Playing the Oregon Trail

Learning to Camp by Playing the Oregon Trail

Before Facebook, before CD Roms, and before the internet as we know it, was a game called Oregon Trail. Oregon Trail resided on floppy discs in computer lab Macintoshes all across the US. The game, while very elementary and quite pixelated, was a defining activity in American educational history. But [...]