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Trade Stories: Three Generations In the Wheelhouse of a Tugboat

The blue-and-yellow tugs of Western Towboat are fixtures in the Seattle area. But harbor work on the West Coast is only a fraction of the company’s business. Its biggest job is freighting more than a billion pounds of goods each year to Alaska.

By Will Grant

The lifeline for Southeast Alaska begins in the Lower 48. Most of the coastal communities along the Last Frontier’s panhandle have exactly zero roads connecting them to the outside world. Which means that nearly everything (except fresh fish, native salmonberries, and a few other goods) must come by water, most of it packed in containers at a Seattle dock, stacked six-high on a barge, and towed north through the Inland Passage.

“That’s ho...Read More

Lady Liberty: Inside the Heart of the Runaway

On the latest Filson Life, writer Emily Wittenhagen traveled to Port Orchard, WA and spent the day with Liberty Elias Miller to find out more about live-aboard life in Washington's marinas. 

“There was this moment where everything almost went into slow motion and I was thinking, I’m really here. This is really it. I am really doing everything I have dreamed of since I was a tiny girl, and I’m not even scared.”

Liberty and I are in the wheelhouse at the top of the M/V Liseron, and she has me gripped in the middle of a story about fighting Tunisian bluefin poachers in the Mediterranean Sea. Then it starts to hail. For a moment the non-stop conversation we’ve been having for the past three hours ...

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Trade Stories: The Blue-Collar Bastion of Ballard, WA

For 71 years, the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard has been building and repairing ships to face some of the toughest seas in the world. Today, it’s a maritime holdout in a waterfront culture that’s quickly changing.

The sea has no back door. That’s what the shipwrights at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard say, and it means that when your ass is on the line in the Pacific Ocean, there’ll be no place to run and hide. The best that you can hope for in that situation is that you’ve done a damned-thorough job of looking after your boat, of being fully sure that every inch of her has received the attention it needs. Because hanging in the balance of due diligence when facing an angry ocean is nothing to be tri...Read More

2017 Phases of the Moon: Filson Lunar Calendar

The pure lunar calendar has twelve synodic months. Many early societies adopted this as a unit of time, enabling them to plan and reflect more effectively.

Track the daily positions of the moon with the 2017 Phases of the Moon: Filson Lunar Calendar. 

Click the button below to print your own. 

Excerpt from Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

"The tide is long gone. In a few hours the moon will dip below the western horizon, and just as the last of it disappears, the sun will rise in the opposite direction. During the days of full moon, the sun and moon are aligned but on opposite sides of the earth; during new moon, they are al...
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Trade Stories: A School for the World’s Toughest Underwater Jobs

The Divers Institute of Technology is one of the premier commercial dive schools in the country. For the past 49 years it’s been churning out graduates from its headquarters on Seattle’s Lake Union to tackle some of the most demanding work in the water. 

By Will Grant

Diving in radioactive water presents a unique set of challenges. The trick is to avoid contact with any of the microscopic bits of irradiated material that could stunt a family tree. But every nuclear power plant in the world needs a lot of water—some as much as 1 billion gallons per day—to both generate steam and to absorb the heat produced by splitting atoms.

As the plants log the years and megawatts, their massive cooling tanks...

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Trade Stories: An Interview with Conservation Canines

In the freshly snow-blanketed Pack Forest of Eatonville, Washington, we spent the day with the team at Conservation Canines exploring the facility they call “home base.” The dogs at Conservation Canines are not your typical pets, with their intense drive to play often misunderstood as stubbornness. The biologists at Conservation Canines harness this energy by using the dogs strong sense of smell and retrieval skills to non-invasively collect scat from endangered animals, sniff out toxins and find specimens easily overlooked by the human eye. Dogs that may have been once unfit as pets now rehabilitate ecosystems.

We sat down with Conservation Canines Lead Instructor and Director of Field Opera...Read More

In Pursuit of Mama Mo: Tracking Montana's Wild Mountain Lion with Filmmaker Casey Anderson

In this Filson Life, we joined wildlife filmmakers Casey Anderson and Brad Orsted of VisionHawk Films in the snowy high desert of western Montana as they track a wild Mountain Lion named Mama Mo.

The sun rises during an early morning wind storm in a valley outside of Bozeman, Montana. Filmmakers Casey Anderson and Brad Orsted have already been up for hours, scanning the landscape for four white spots through their thermal binoculars; a mountain lioness and her three cubs whose bodies glow bright in the heat sensing optics. Despite winds reaching 40 mph, the lioness makes an appearance on a peak a few miles away, returning home from a long night of caring for her cubs (read: killing a mule dee...

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Giving Chase: The search for fulfillment with Greg McReynolds

Greg McReynolds believes that America’s public lands are the ultimate expression of freedom. He loves young bird dogs and old shotguns. Located in Pocatello, Idaho, Greg works for Trout Unlimited and blogs at Mouthful of Feathers. In this Filson Life, Greg shares with us the exhilarating feeling of man and dog, in the field, together. 

I follow the dog. She noses into the cold wind and I center on her, tugging on my gloves and pulling my hat low. 

Beneath my boots are the tracks of hunter and quarry. 

Following this thoroughfare across the high county, we are proceeded by an eon of prey and pursuers. In a skiff of clean snow dusted onto the black rock of the high desert the clawed print of Cani...
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Forest Woodward from the Frontier: Exploring the remote community of Stehekin in the North Cascades

In this Filson Life Photographer Forest Woodward continues his series Left of West, dedicated to the documentation of communities whose roots run strong and deep, who against all odds have weathered the passing of industry and resource booms, sustaining life on the oscillating and wild edges of the cultural and physical frontiers of human existence. Below, Forest travels to the remote community of Stehekin in the North Cascade mountains, to spend time with the Courtneys, a family that have been running an outfitting operation in the area for generations.

Deep in the heart of the North Cascades, isolated from the outside world by the rugged terrain in which it is situated, lies the small commu...Read More

Depth In The Field: Out West with Camrin Dengel

Lifestyle photographer, Camrin Dengel, is a storyteller with a focus in slow living. She favors old things with new purpose, dutch oven cooking and photographing people that work with their hands. Below, Camrin shares with us a glimpse into the places and community that make Teton Valley, Idaho, her home. 

You can find more of Camrin's work on the daily through her Instagram.

Teton Valley lies along Idaho’s south eastern border, just over the Teton Range from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The hills move from rolling to rugged quickly and the land bares big animals and fast little ones. Wide open spaces and big skies make this place feel like summer vacations when I was little, visiting my grandparent...Read More


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