hotshots hiking up the hill
In nature, wildfires are a natural tool that can have positive effects on an ecosystem’s native wildlife and vegetation. However, when left uncontrolled, a wildfire presents a serious threat to the human life and property
in its path. Interagency hotshot crews comprise elite ground-force wildland firefighters who are the first responders to wildfires in any jurisdiction of the United States. Based just outside of Salt Lake City, the Alta Hotshot Crew is a faction of Utah’s Department of Natural Resources, fighting up to 30 fires around the country each summer. The photos below are from a training exercise days before their fire season started.

When a wildfire is detected, human instinct immed...

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Faces in the Fire

Alta hotshot crew all standing on a hillside
This season, Utah's Alta Hotshots roster is made up of 23 adrenaline-seeking conservationists ranging in age from 20 to 38. They come from all over the United States to be part of this high-functioning team, and even have a member from Sudan. While each crew member has their own motive for spending the summer chasing wildfires around the country, they all share one trait — they’re world-class wildland firefighters. Check back in later this week for the full story.

crewmember portrait
crewmember portrait
Photography by Sam Raetz

Filson x Smokey: Campfire Safety


According to the USFS, 63,546 human-caused wildfires burned nearly 5 million acres across the U.S. in 2017. With the 2018 fire season now underway, it is important to remember that no precaution is too small when it comes to fire safety. Here at Filson, we love spending our summers outdoors and encourage everyone to practice Smokey Bear's campfire safety best practices on their adventures this summer.

Smokey Bear campfire safety checklist
Video for Filson by Red Petty

The Need for Wild Places

American Bison standing in rolling hills
Filson’s content manager Craig Francis shares some thoughts on the value of getting into the wilderness and how Backcountry Hunters & Anglers supports the right for all Americans to do the same.

Filson HQ is, and has long been, in Seattle, Washington. We are a company rich with PNW tradition and have been supplying people for outdoor pursuits and work of all kinds for well over 100 years. The landscape of Seattle has changed drastically over the course of our company’s history and we find ourselves at the center of a booming city – one of the fastest-growing cities in the country over the last decade. While we are proud to call Seattle home, we do realize that time away from the city is cruci...Read More

For Duke Phillips, it’s not about getting the most beef in a year. It’s about conservation, working in harmony with nature to raise healthy land for a strong herd. For generations.

At Ranchlands, his Colorado-based, family-run ranching and land management company, Phillips oversees 300,000 acres of land. Phillips, known as Big Duke, would be a dead ringer for Sam Elliott if Sam Elliott had a better mustache. He doesn’t own the land, but he knows it better than anyone. He manages land for the Colorado State Land Board, Nature Conservancy and other private land owners on a multi-decade basis. It’s his to manage and steward. With help.
To start, there’s Duke Phillips IV – Little Duke to his fri...

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On the latest Filson Life, photographer Brian-William Green shares a rare look inside Jimmy DiResta's workspace located in the Lower East Side. DiResta has been part of the growing neighborhood since 1994. Firsthand seeing the city change as his operation revolved through storefronts around downtown Manhattan. 

In anticipation of the upcoming Filson NYC: Mallet Making and Whiskey Event with Jimmy DiResta, we sat down with the New York based artist and master builder, discussing everything from everything from his Youtube channel to working on bringing his Manhattan studio to the Catskills in Upstate New York.  

Interview by Michael Murphy 
Photography by Brian-William Green 

Murphy: How did this...

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FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3204Kyle Johnson is a 30 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. During the ending days of the waterfowl season, Kyle and his good friend Jerry Patty were able to rise before the sun and give it one last go in Carnation, WA. Below, Jerry reflects on a family hunting tradition as the season comes to an end.FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3316Filson_Ducks-3035For me, duck hunting is much more than a hobby, it is a way of life steeped in family tradition. As far back as we can trace, all the great men in my family were diehard bird hunters, conservationists, all outdoorsmen to the true letter of the word.FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3532FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3358It means everything to me to carry on the tradition of my family, and do what I can to make a difference ...

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amewin witch sticks kindlingIn the latest Filson Life, Jonathan Levitt and Muwin Collective ramble along the North Atlantic coastline preparing for the upcoming cold season.Nov 10The garden is covered in straw and seaweed. It gets dark so earlywe cook, we bring in wood, we ramble, and we scoutChores are done. It is warm inside, the soup warms over the fire.And now, for the first drink of the day. Strong honey beer. Poured from the jug into a clay mug.They are the dog people, the porcupine eaters, the garbled talkers, the beautiful river people,whale mother, whale calf

Nov 12I wake up in the night. I step outside. The moon is in the south, high in the sky.The foods, smoke dried, stored away.

If there is more food, they dig another pit, and line ...Read More
AB8Adam Baz is a bird biologist, photographer, and outdoorsman based in Portland, OR. His fieldwork studying bird populations takes him throughout the mountains of the west. The photo essay below takes us through a day on the job, trapping hawks on the slopes of Mt. Hood.The morning commute. Our trapping station is located on the southern flanks of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The Cascade mountains form a north-south running ridge system that migratory raptors follow on their voyage to warmer wintering grounds.AB3Eyes to the sky.Equipment inside the blind.Non-native birds are used as live "lure birds" to attract raptors. Tethered to strings and pulleys, and protected by leather vests, we operate the lure birds like marionettes. Once the raptor is lured into the trapping station, they are entangled by a series of nets and spring loaded traps.Extracting a Cooper's Hawk.Adult Sharp-Shinned Hawk, the Cooper's Hawk's little cousin.Each bird is measured, weighed, and equipped with a metal leg band displaying a unique ID number. If recaptured or sighted elsewhere, this ID number can be tell us a lot about the annual movements of each species.Scanning for raptors.Life at camp. The trapping station is operated every day in September and October, the peak time for hawk migration. Adult Red-Tailed Hawk.The last rays of light over the western valley.

mesquite treesS. J. Dahlstrom is a writer based in West Texas and an author of fiction for young readers. A lover of the outdoors and a sportsman, he began to notice a worrisome trend in the "adventure" novels that were being released for children, set indoors, in cities, or in fantasy world's beyond our own. Determined to share his love for the outdoors with his own children -- as well as future generations -- S.J. set out to write a series of stories set in the real wild.I want to raise kids built like Filson – tough, refined and comfortable in the outdoors.Call me simple or old-fashioned but those qualities have a lot of value to me. As soon as my boys, and girls, can fit into them, they will all wear ...Read More

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