Weekend reading: Gritty adventure video and photos

I am blatantly stealing an idea from the DNR. Every week, they do a roundup of “Recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics” on their blog. I love this feature. It always has several fascinating articles.

So, here’s my roundup of interesting/crazy/funny/absurd stuff I’ve come across on the Internet recently.

The video above is from Backcountry.com. It shows gorgeous scenery, exhausted climbers, spectacular falls and crashes. In short, it shows the highs and lows of outdoor adventures. “You already know how bad it can hurt, but then you remember how damn good it can be.” This video makes me want to climb a mountain.

Andrew Skurka, an adventure guide and writer, wrote up his thoughts on the recent Fastest Known Times set on the Pacific Crest Trail. I love Skurka’s blog and it was interesting to get his perspective.

Red Bull organizes an annual photo contest of action and adventure sports. Alan Taylor at The Atlantic has collect some favorites here. A bunch of the photos are from the Northwest, including No. 24, a gorgeous shot in the North Cascades.

The Washington Trails Association has an important reminder. Aug. 1 was the beginning of bear hunting season. And in some areas elk hunting is open. They have good tips to stay safe on the trail during hunting season.

Here’s another reason to go camping. A week away from electric lights can reset your circadian rhythms.

A puffin cam took up more of my time recently than I’d like to admit. The little chick is expected to fledge soon. Pufflings fledge at night, and I can’t deny I’m tempted to stay up and watch.

Empty and full. A Swiss photographer, fascinated by contrast of jam-packed New York and the empty and open Grand Canyon, created a series of photos of each and then put them together. The images are startling and stunning.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Lucasfilm
                                Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend of all-time

The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Most Read