An MSR Whisperlite Jet Guide

We are doing some summer cleaning around the Outdoor Pursuits Office and going through our collection of MSR Whisperlite stoves. We have a mix of the original Whisperlite, the Whisperlite International, and the Whisperlite Universal. They are great stoves, as long as you don’t have the wrong kind of jet for each one. MSR has…

Rediscovering the World Pt.2

And with mountaineering, it begins slowly, one foot in front of the other, and repeat.  Of course, most mountaineering groups aren’t led out by Paige, who no doubt was a Himalayan Sherpa in her previous life.  She knew what she was doing, timing our ascent just right, taking advantage of the conditions before the sun…

Rediscovering the World Pt.1

In the introductory meeting prior to our climb of Mt. St. Helen’s, a student leader asked us, “Why are you doing this?”  It’s a good question to ask of someone planning to suffer in potentially dangerous conditions when a perfectly good episode of House of Cards waits back home.  I looked around the room, at…

Our Backyard River

I officially joined the Outdoor Pursuits team in the middle of this past winter: a complete change from the turquoise waters of Baja Sur in Mexico, where I had spent the first half of the season, it seemed that snowy peaks of the Oregon Cascades would signal the end of my boating season. Fortunately for…

Adventures Abroad

Japan’s geography is seventy percent mountainous, but only one peak captures the imagination like Everest, Kilimanjaro, or Denali could. Mt. Fuji looms behind Tokyo, a location that makes it as inseparable from the Japanese identity as cherry blossoms and sushi. But for many Japanese, its mere presence doesn’t compel them to climb it. “It’s not going anywhere….

Tree-Soloing

I was most likely six or seven when I climbed a tree for the first time. It was an apple tree, rugged and short—surely no more than fifteen or twenty feet at its tallest point—growing in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember distinctly how I felt as I traversed the branches of this…

Concerning the Outdoors Sandal

Us outdoorsy folk tend to be a pretty relaxed group. We’re none too worried if a couple snags show up in a synthetic; and we’ve all, at some point or another, dusted the dirt off of dropped food and called it “good ‘nuff”. Despite our grit, we can’t help but be just a bit picky,…

Visual Vibrance

Hello. I am very honored to bring you this week’s Outdoor Pursuits blog post. My name is Taylor Humphrey, and I work on the OP staff as the Film and Photo Man. I love this job and the opportunities it has brought me. If I had it my way, this would be a multi-decade career…

Selfie Spotlight

We take the outdoors very seriously here in Outdoor Pursuits. So seriously, in fact, that we barely have the time to take anything else very seriously at all. Case in point, we want to take this final blog post of the semester to appreciate our staff being truly silly as they gear up for finals….

Taking to the Tides

This week we’ve got some visual adventures to share! Our resident surf bum, Anthony, and his GoPro have recently taken to the Seas, Rivers, and Streets of the Pacific Northwest to do some awesome exploring. Lucky for us, he was totally up for sharing his wild ride. Check it out.

Me and the Mountain (Part Two)

We made it to the false summit and as soon as we got there I collapsed onto the snow. My body would not cooperate with my brain’s commands. We looked down toward the Southwest Chute, and both of our hearts dropped when we realized that there was too much ice in the chute to safely…

Me and the Mountain (Part One)

After a winter of spending time backcountry snowboarding and climbing Mt. Hood, being in the mountains for the weekend became a regular thing for Ted and me, although I was still fairly new to the mountaineering game. Because of this, I was still learning all the jargon when we decided to climb Mt. Adams in…