An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Northern California. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz

Mt Hood Trip Report, Hogsback Route

“Late fall ascent of Mt Hood, climbing and conditions report” Crater Rock, Mt Hood Well, I bagged Mt Hood again! I’m sure there’s some other late season climbers looking to snag Hood before the Winter snows begin. The Cascades have actually had an incredible snow season which has been delightful for climbers and skiers alike...

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Black Butte Mountain, Oregon: They Named a Beer After it!

“It has a beer named after it. It HAS to be good” The almost perfectly conical Black Butte, Oregon In all my travels across the country, I’ve tasted many a beer. I’m convinced that the  greatest beers are in the Northwestern and Northeastern parts of the country. Specifically, Northern California, Oregon, Washington as well...

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Cape Alava, Washington, America’s Last Sunset

“Westernmost spot in contiguous America” Last sunset in America, Cape Alava Washington It only makes sense that after posting about America’s first sunset that I should inform you about its last! Cape Alava is the westernmost spot of mainland in the contiguous United States. The sunset here is gorgeous as it sets upon the Olympic....

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Wild and Rugged, 6 of America’s Least Crowded National Parks

“I grow very fond of this place, and it certainly has a desolate, grim beauty of its own, that has a curious fascination for me.” — Theodore Roosevelt, founder of the American National Parks System (originally written about North Dakota) Canyonlands National Park, Utah Tired of National Park traffic jams? Try these parks… ...

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