In Your Words

In Print: Keya Clairmont

Keya portrait
Earlier this winter, we traveled to the snowcovered Canadian Rockies to develop our latest print catalog. We invited fancy shawl dancer, Keya Clairmont, to join. The 24 year old is grounded in the mountains, yet spends a lot of her time in the air; fancy shawl is an energetic style of dance full of jumps and spins. Keya is serious about dancing and even more serious about supporting the generation following her.

When Keya started walking, she started dancing. Growing up in Denver, she grew to know two worlds- the urban and the traditional- and dancing has kept her tightly connected to her native identity and her Sicangu Lakota, Sisseton Dakota, Taos Pueblo, Meskwaki, and Ojibwe tribes.

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Cooper River Trail

fly fishing
Some of us like hiking and some of us like fishing; a lot of us like both. The Cooper River Trail is the perfect trail for those who like both. Just outside of Cle Elum, WA, the Cooper River Trail is just that, a trail that follows along the Cooper River. Because of this, it lends itself to plenty of stops to set up the rod and cast a fly. The trail winds through old growth forest while following alongside the river. At the halfway point of this roughly eight-mile trail, you will come to the expansive Cooper Lake, the source of the flowing river you followed on your journey to this point. The lake is a great spot to cast flies on the flat water in hopes to fool one of the local trout. If you...Read More

Franklin Falls Trail

If you’re in the mood for a quick hike before work or an afternoon jaunt through the forest, Franklin Falls is a great option for those of us based in the Seattle area. This short two-mile trail has a lot of features for its brief length. It follows along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River as you romp through the beautiful Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. There is a collection of small cabins that are scattered throughout the area at the beginning of the trail as well. Eventually you will come to the 70-foot cascade of water that is Franklin Falls. This trail is a great option for anyone who just needs a quick escape from the hustle and quick pace of life in the city.

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Heliotrope Ridge Trail

The Heliotrope Ridge trail is a roughly 6 mile roundtrip trail that features a beautiful walk through an old growth forest, several creek crossings, and an up close and personal look at the Coleman Glacier. The end of the trail is somewhat of a choose-your-own-adventure. You can turn around at your first view of the glacier or you can continue uphill to get even closer to the glacier. If you’re inclined and equipped, there are also several places to set up camp and go to sleep to the crunching and creaking sound of the moving glacier. Or you can do what we did and hike down, drive up a Forest Service Road, and find an established campsite at which to setup for the evening.


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Kim with dog, Floki, a 2 year old Belgian Malinois
Kim Greene's email signature reads, "Alpha Female" and in her line of work, that is exactly who she needs to be. Kim and her husband Jeff are the owners of Svalinn, a Montana-based breeder and trainer for working dogs.  We sat down with Kim recently to ask her a few questions about her business and the dogs she works with.

What is Svalinn and how did it get it's start?
My husband Jeff and I founded Svalinn to breed, raise and train world-class personal and family protection dogs.  We often say that these amazing animals were bred out of necessity. We met in Afghanistan in 2003 and shortly thereafter we moved our young family to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005. The presence of a highly stable, social an...Read More

Jon Wipfli: Cooking from the Bog


Minneapolis-based chef and outdoorsmen Jon Wipfli spends most of his time cooking food around the city, writing or in the woods looking for critters. His passion for hunting and cooking wild game takes him to some unconventional places. On the latest Filson Life, Jon shares his experience hosting guests to a locally sourced meal on a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

The answer is yes. Of course, I’ll create a four-course October meal on a cranberry theme, with a wild game emphasis, using a smoker and a grill. And yes, I’d be happy to prepare and serve the meal—for 24 guests—next to a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

Partly I say yes because nothing good comes easy, and I like it that way. Partly I say yes bec...

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When a wildfire erupts, Californian photojournalist Stuart Palley runs towards the blaze, not away. With an unbending eagerness for capturing the lives of those who protect and maintain our forests, the photographer makes daring and captivating imagery of an experience few will ever face. Below, follow Stuart in to the flames.

stuart palley

Forest fires, brush fires, wildfires, in the wilderness and on the border of cities. From the hills of Lake County in the northern California to the US-Mexico border, if there’s a large fire, odds are I’m making pictures of it, documenting the drought and climate in the American West. I prefer to work at night, when there’s less media around, and I can work with the st...Read More
inyourwords_danielwestbrook_mackinaw.jpeg‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Here, Daniel Westbrook --a master carpenter-- of Westbrook Restorations details his legacy with Filson products. Video created by our friends at Belief Agency.  "Dear Filson,The year was 1908, in Seattle when the little home was built. As I peeled back the layers of history, walking in the footsteps of the master craftsman that came before me, I can’t help but respect carrying the heritage I have been entrusted with, to walk on in the 21st century.  The year was 2014 and the weat...Read More
filson-life.20131228.356985‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  John M. from Texas details the storied past of his reliable, decade-old Briefcase Computer Bag.Hello Filson,I am writing to thank you for your quality products. I have a briefcase (Style #70257) that I purchased a decade ago. I was part of our intelligence community and carried this bag in three different countries in an amazing array of scenarios in the Caucasus and Central Asia. To call it a briefcase does not do the bag justice. I carried books, clothes, ammunition, everything...Read More
Andes1‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe, and it's safe to say that Dale Burns has become a Filson fan for life. After subjecting his Filson garments to the extreme conditions of fieldwork in the Central Andes, Dale felt compelled to share his thoughts on our durable and lasting product.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.As a geologist I am often required to conduct field work in formidable conditions. In the past few years I have twice traveled to the northern Chile to conduct field studies. Commonly, I work at elevations in access of 17,500 feet where te...Read More
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