The outdoor gear industry is ever-evolving, often with new models and high-tech and/or lighter weight options coming out on a regular basis. This list includes smaller cottage industry companies with innovative gear, larger companies with a wide range of products, and local outdoor retailers in Portland, Oregon.
This is an article I wrote for Visit Corvallis about my first time kayaking on the Willamette River.
The five hikes listed here are my favorites on the Oregon Coast, including trails to secluded beaches, through coastal rainforests, to summits with panoramic views, and along the coastline with tidepools, spouting horns, and if you are lucky, views of migrating whales.
Make a positive difference: support non-profit environmental and trail-related organizations that are doing important work to help protect wilderness areas.