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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Protest against Offshore Drilling

Thurs, 2/8, 1:30-4:30 pm Group: Sierra Club When: Thursday, February 8, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Where: California state capitol, Sacramento, CA Cost: Free Details: Trump recently announced his disastrous plan to hand over all of America’s oceans – including the Pacific – to oil companies so they can expand offshore drilling off the California coast…

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Chicago’s Top 6 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scout Erica Zazo. Hot dogs. Lake Michigan. Da Bears. And excellent trails? Absolutely: The Windy City’s greater stomping grounds offer river-sculpted canyons, quiet hardwood forests, glacially molded ridges, and plentiful waterfalls within easy dayhiking distance. Sample the best of the Midwest on these favorites: Many are…

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San Francisco’s Top 10 Dayhikes

The best local trails, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scouts Paulina Dao and Daniel Markey In the Bay Area, easy-access trails treat hikers to spectacular coastal walks, big-view summits, primeval redwood forests, and cascading waterfalls–all within a couple of hours of town, often less. So, with so many standout options nearby, you know these local…

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New Senate Bill Would Protect Existing National Monuments

The bill is a response to the White House’s rollback of protections for Utah public lands. The Trump administration plans a drastic reduction of Bears Ears National Monument.Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) joined 16 other democratic senators this week to introduce a bill that would legally codify the boundaries of more than…

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Feral Cattle, Pit Bulls Run Wild at Sand to Snow National Monument

“It’s Jurassic Park,” says one local of the California preserve’s animal problem. Don’t worry–these kids at Sand to Snow National Monument are running out out joy, not to escape feral cattle. Hikers at Sand to Snow National Monument have to worry about more than the usual blisters: A large herd of feral cattle is roaming the area,…

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