Archive for the ‘Hiking’ Category

WDFW begins Accepting Applications For ALEA Grants Next Month

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Are you a hunting, fishing, or outdoor enthusiast? Do you live in the State of Washington? Do you get really excited about helping preserve your state’s amazing fish and wildlife? Well, then the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from you!

According to a press release, the WDFW will begin accepting grant applications on Dec. 1 for volunteer-based projects aimed at benefiting the state’s population of fish and wildlife. The grants will be funded by the Aquatic Land Enhancement Account and will provide reimbursement for volunteer projects that work towards the conservation of fish and wildlife or promote public enjoyment of the state’s native species. Both organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Public Meetings Will Help Determine Fate of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from YOU!

That’s right – according to a posting on the Oregonian’s Oregon Outdoors blog, the USFWS will be holding two meetings in November and December to gather public input regarding the development of a management plan for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The plan is meant to be comprehensive and guide the refuge’s management and operations for the next 15 years. The USFWS is welcoming any and all questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions.

The USFWS wants your input!

The USFWS wants your input!

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Trackers Earth Teach Urbanites Wilderness Survival

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If you think Portland is nothing more than a bunch of yuppies, you haven’t met the staff at Trackers Earth. Trackers Earth, formally Trackers NW, is an organization based in Portland, Ore., that is part outdoor education program, part wilderness survival program, part environmental activist group, and part sustainable living collective.

At Trackers Earth, kids learn valuable outdoor survival skills. - Picture courtesy of Trackers Earth

At Trackers Earth, kids learn valuable outdoor survival skills. - Picture courtesy of Trackers Earth

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Watch Out For Hungry, Hungry Bears!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Powerful LED lanterns can help keep bears at a distance.

Powerful LED lanterns can help keep bears at a distance.

No, it isn’t an episode of The Yogi Bear Show – this is for real! According to a story from the Associated Press,

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Climber Summits Mount Rainier for Record-Breaking 500th Time

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If you think hiking Mount Rainier two or three times is impressive, you should meet George Dunn.

This July, 56-year-old George Dunn became the first person to climb Mount Rainier 500 times. You read correctly – five hundred times!
Dunn is a Mount Rainer hiking guide and director of Ashford’s International Mountain Guides. He completed the hike with his wife Nancy, his 16 year old son Jeremy, and his lifelong friend Phil Ershler, who has completed the summit 440 times himself.

“George is a consummate professional and a true gentleman,” climbing guide Gary Talcott said in the News Tribune Adventure Guys Blog. “He’s guided, mentored and inspired countless climbers, including some of the best, like Ed Viesturs.”
[Ed Viesturs is the only American to climb all of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks.]
Let’s stop for a moment and think about how much mountain climbing 500 successful summits is, exactly. Well, according to The Adventure Guys Blog, Dunn has covered approximately 9,000 miles and 4.5 million vertical feet. To put that into prospective, that’s a little over 852 vertical miles. That’s roughly one-tenth the width of the Earth. In other words, that’s a lot of hiking.
Dunn started climbing Mount Rainier while he was attending Renton High School in the late 60s. He started guiding hikes in 1975.

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Top 3 Outdoor Activities for August

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

folding fishing toolAugust is pretty much your last chance to get outdoors and have an awesome summer adventure. Luckily for you, there are a number of great outdoor activities to get involved with during August. Can’t decide which to pick? No sweat. Here are Coast Portland’s picks for Top 3 Outdoor Activities for August. Enjoy!

1. Fall Chinook Seminar

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Turtles on the Move!

Monday, July 19th, 2010
ODFW Conservation Biologist Susan Barnes releases a native Oregon western painted turtle. -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

ODFW Conservation Biologist Susan Barnes releases a native Oregon western painted turtle. -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

There are a lot of animals you’ll probably keep an eye out for this summer – bears, wolves, mountain lions – but turtles? Unlikely. However, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking that you keep both eyes open for these pokey little amphibians this summer, as the females are on the move.

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Top Father’s Day Gifts for $20 or Less

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Oh no! Father’s Day is right around the corner, and you still haven’t gotten Dad a gift yet! What’s worse, you don’t have a huge gift budget this year. Don’t worry – Coast Portland has you covered. With many great products at reasonable prices, you’d have a hard time finding something Dad wouldn’t like. Here are our top Father’s Day gifts for under $20.

1. P4 LED Lenser HP Light
Featuring a moon lens and 14 lumen output, this compact, powerful light is perfect for lots of different situations. And with a 96-hour battery life, you’ll feel comfortable know the $20 you spend on this beauty will go a long ways.

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