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Cooper River Trail

Cooper River Trail


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

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

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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Crossing Community Lines

Crossing Community Lines


When it comes to the outdoors, Lindsey Elliott does it all- climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fly fishing, raising chickens, growing food, practicing citizen science, and running a business, Wylder Goods. Because she has perspective from multiple and oftentimes separate communities, we asked Lindsey to share her thoughts from the cross-section.

Photos and words by Lindsey Elliott, Interviewed by Ashlee Langholz

You’ve spoken before about being a member of a “new generation of hunters and anglers.”  What can you tell us about this new generation from your point of view?

There is a growing number of newcomers to the hunting and angling side of the outdoor industry. I, am one of them. Though I g...

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Celebrating the Rivers of America

Celebrating the Rivers of America


When I need to brighten my day, I go to the river. I walk along the shore or sit for awhile at the water's edge and listen to the swish, or the babble, or the exciting bubbly rush of flow. Always moving when the rest of the landscape is still, the river holds me rapt, and if I stare long enough, it mesmerizes and takes me away to a special place where the rest of the world—along with its eternal complications, everyday demands, and political disappointments—seems like a thousand miles away. And floating on the river is even better, drifting with the current wherever it goes.

Part of the appeal of rivers likely has an evolutionary context: our bodies are nearly 70 percent water, and every drop...

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After Wildfire

After Wildfire


A bike-pack fishing trip through a scorched landscape was not the trip that Ashlee thought she was going to take - but the things she saw and the experience she had left an impression about how we interact with the landscape after wildfire.

“Lucky for you, all the goat’s head burned too,” someone said, smiling, as we pedaled up the gravel Deschutes River Railbed trail. My husband and I had been warned of the tire-slicing vines. I had spent the prior evening squeezing liquid sealant into my tire tubes. We camped near the start of the trail, where the Deschutes meets the Columbia, surrounded by lush green grass and tall alder trees. We awoke as usual, or as usual as one can in a campground whil...

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Working With the Earth

Working With the Earth

In the summer and early fall, my fiance, Eduardo Garcia and I wake early at our home in Bozeman, Montana. Between running our own businesses, we manage our ½ acre food forest, a permaculture garden that feeds us for eight months of the year. During the warm seasons, work days don’t stop at 5pm and weekends don’t exist, but it’s all worth it to know we are living more sustainably.


Working with the earth is a chemistry equation of timing, weather and soil science. I’ve botched that equation many times. That’s part of the learning curve of working with living things. My hope is that each year, I can better read the natural signs and become a stronger farmer.


Weather and changing seasons are a cha...
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Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Kennels

Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Kennels


Words are wasted on trying to describe the relationship between bird dog and owner. From the euphoria of lifting a mallard out of your retriever’s trained mouth for the first time, to the grief that comes with their inevitable passing years later, the journey must be experienced to be known. The first few years of a hunting dog’s life are without a doubt the most critical. It’s in this time where expectations are set and groundwork is laid for transforming a puppy into a functional member of both the household and the duck blind. Training a puppy into a working bird dog is an undertaking that many don’t have the time, knowledge, or patience for. Instead, sending your dog to a capable trainer...

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The Democracy of The Wild with Jim Posewitz


In August of 1953, 18-year-old Jim Posewitz stepped off an overnight train onto the platform in Bozeman, Montana. He’d come west for the first time on a scholarship to play football for the Montana State College Bobcats. Over the next few years, Jim, known as “Poz”, would prove to be a pretty darn good football player, his college career culminating with the Bobcats undefeated ‘56 season and first ever National Championship. But this championship, while noteworthy, would be a small footnote to an extraordinary life dedicated to a higher calling.

Poz writes about the moment he knew Montana was home in his recent memoir, My Best Shot. It was in November and he’d accompanied a teammate home to N...

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Q and A with Josh Raggio of Raggio Custom Calls

Q and A with Josh Raggio of Raggio Custom Calls


Raggio Custom Calls is based in Raymond, Mississippi and creates custom, handmade duck calls. Founded and owned by Josh Raggio, no two calls are made the same. We sat down with Josh to get the story of his business and what drives his passion for ducks.

What made you decide to make your first duck call?
My dad was a duck hunter and he loved calling. He was blowing a duck call all year, nonstop. Inside or outside — he actually carried a call everywhere he went in his pocket. Naturally, I wanted to learn the art of calling. At a young age he showed me how to correctly present air into the call in order to make the right sounds. My father was in the competition call scene and eventually became th...

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