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What Mount Rainier Can Teach Us

What Mount Rainier Can Teach Us

Rising 14,409 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier towers so far above Seattle that a person can forecast the day’s weather by it. When the most glaciated peak in the entire continental U.S. is in clear view, the day holds pleasant temperatures and dry skies. If clouds obscure its lofty flanks, settle in for a…
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Memorize the 7 Basics of Leave No Trace

Memorize the 7 Basics of Leave No Trace

Whether in your daily life or out enjoying the wilderness, understanding the Leave No Trace principles are essential to keeping a healthy relationship with the nature around you…and your local forest ranger. There are seven basic LNT principles everyone should memorize. As one who has a hard time memorizing without cues, I came up with…
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What Does Risk Have To Do With It Anyway?

What Does Risk Have To Do With It Anyway?

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Stories From The Field series, in which Summit Adventure Executive Director Tom Smith will share notable stories from his time leading courses. In the following blog, Tom shares how he fits risk management into the perspective of planning for family adventures.  Risk: “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as…
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Rock Climbing: What’s the Point?

Rock Climbing: What’s the Point?

“What’s the point?” I know that question may smack of an apathetically slouched youth, or perhaps the plagued-by-existential-dread 20-something. But forget the snark and cynical connotations for a moment, and you’re still left with an important question: what, in fact, is the point? Why do the things I do? Why post something on Instagram? Why enter…
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