2014 Mt Baker Splitfest Recap

Jerome from Venture SnowboardsChair 9 signG3 engineer

Mt. Baker Splitfest is the original splitboard festival, it's been running since 2010. Backcountry enthusiasts from far and wide come out to go tour together, demo the latest and greatest gear, and try to get lucky in the biggest raffle you've ever seen. It's all hosted by Chair 9 Pizza and Bar in Glacier, WA. I was fortunate enough to get our big sale weekend off to drive up to Baker and demo some new boards for 2014 and check out the scene. I caught up with Venture, GNU, and G3 to see what they had in store for 2014-15.

Gear Review: LifeStraw Water Filter

Taking a sip straight out of a mountain stream with a LifeStraw personal water filter.
LifeStraw water filter on green moss

Gear Review: Rome SDS Whiteroom Splitboard

I got the Rome SDS Whiteroom Splitboard at the start of the 13/14 season for a lighter splitboard setup. Although I love my Venture Zephyr, I was sick of getting smoked on the uphill due to the heavier setup. With close to 30 days on this deck, I've been pretty impressed! The board is a blast in the powder and nice on the skin track. I weigh about 185 lbs and went with the 165cm, which seemed to work perfectly.

Class IV Get Out and Paddle Trip Report - East Fork of the Lewis, Sunset to Horseshoe

The last Get Out and Paddle of the season was this past Saturday, and it was AWESOME! The weather was perfect, the people were cool, and the river was beautiful. We had some great flows for first-timers on the East Fork of the Lewis (~800 cfs). For those unfamiliar with our Get Out and Paddle series, check out the description below:

“Three times a month, NA Kayak School staff takes a group of whitewater paddlers down one of their favorite rivers - everything from classic runs to rarely paddled gems.

Backpacking the Oregon Coast Trail: Tillamook Head

Oregon Coast Backpack Pacific Ocean view
The Cascades got another dusting of snow down to lower elevations this week.  Winter will linger a bit longer yet in the mountains, but Spring is already blooming near sea level. 

Spring Wildflower Presentation


Spring Wildflower Presentation!

Join NA Staff Biologist Greg Hill for an evening of exploring the wildflowers of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Find out what flowers are blooming when, and how to tell which one is which.

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