La Sportiva Core High Gore-Tex Boot Review

They’re a little weird looking, out of the box, and the first day on your feet. Rubber galoshes or reptile skin comes to mind. But, the La Sportiva Core High GTX hiking boots are really a giant step forward in hiking boot technology. I had the pleasure of wearing them […]


Yvon Chouinard

The Way I Work: Yvon Chouinard, Excerpts from the founder of Patagonia

Patagonia’s founder still loves to blaze a trail. He takes copious time off, lets employees manage themselves, and tells customers not to buy his products. Here are some excerpts we enjoyed from Yvon’s chat with Inc. I spend very little time working on the clothing lines these days. They are […]

OMC Staff Recommends Caution in the Hills After Mt. Hood Climbing Accident

With a record low snow pack this spring season, combined with an early arrival of temperatures more reminiscent of August than mid-June, the climbing window for safe and enjoyable ascents in the High Cascades may be drawing to an early close. Deep runnels have recently been experienced in remnant snow […]

Deschutes Land Trust Summer Events

Headed to Central Oregon for a vacation this summer? Want to take a hike and learn something along the trail? The Deschutes Land Trust has protected lands with some of the best hiking in Central Oregon, and offer hikes and events on their protected lands. I spent last Saturday morning […]


Long day in the Sunshine

On Monday, April 20th, 2015, some great times were had on Mt Hood’s North side. Sven, Mark and myself all work at Portland’s Oregon Mountain Community and have climbed together in the past. We had previously discussed a desire to climb the Sunshine route and when a weather window opened […]



ORTOVOX is announcing an immediate product recall of the S1+ model avalanche transceiver due to a repairable hardware issue. THE ACTION AFFECTS ALL S1+ MODELS distributed in the U.S. market since July, 2011. The previous design, known as the ORTOVOX S1, IS NOT AFFECTED. The S1+ hardware issue may occur […]



Pacific Crest Trail in Winter

Justin “Trauma” Lichter and Shawn “Pepper” Forry successfully completed their historic winter through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail on March 1, 2015. Luckily aided by a light winter in the Cascades and Sierra, they none-the-less persevered through conditions that summer hikers like Cheryl Strayed would have found daunting. The description […]