U.S. Government: The Outdoor Industry Contributed Almost $374 Billion to the Economy

Made up 2% of GDP, more than mining, oil, and gas The outdoor industry contributed $373.7 billion to the United States economy in 2016, according to a new preliminary report from the Department of Commerce The statistics, gathered by the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, found that the gross output of the outdoor industry made…

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Meet Anastasia Allison and Jason Bickford, Backpacker’s Seattle Trail Scouts

Get the best of the Pacific Northwest with a little help from Backpacker’s trail experts. Anastasia Allison Follow Anastasia’s adventures on her blog and on Instagram @anastasia.allison. Age: 36 Hometown: Everett, WA Day job: Writer, backpacking instructor, and adventurepreneur All-time favorite local dayhike: Mt. Pugh or Gothic Basin Favorite local overnight hike: Tapto Lakes Best…

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10 Perfect Outdoors Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your S.O.

Ditch the reservation and go backpacking instead with these romantic presents. Some people are into five-star restaurants and long-stem roses. But when the stars are shining, the campfire is roaring, and the coyotes are howling, a night in the wilderness beats even the most romantic evening out. So this Valentine’s Day, we suggest you change…

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SheJumps Snowshoe Adventure at Mt. Baker

Sun, 2/11, 7:30 am-3 pm Group: SheJumps When: Sunday, February 11, 7:30 am to 3 pm Where: Meet at Sunset Square Safeway, Bellingham, WA Cost: $5 (registration required) Details: Join us Sunday, Feb 11th, for a fun day of snowshoeing up in the mountains, exploring Mt. Baker Wilderness on White Salmon Rd, and hopefully seeing some breathtaking…

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Mountaineers Meeting & Used Gear Sale

Mon, 2/12, 6-8 pm Group: The Mountaineers When: Monday, February 12, 6 to 8 pm Where: Seattle Program Center, Seattle, WA Cost: Free; email to reserve a table to sell gear (registration required) Details: Interested in learning how to snowshoe, kayak, or navigate in the backcountry? Want to meet new exploration buddies? Have a gear wishlist a…

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