Something like this would be perfect for the Olympic Peninsula. In Hoodsport, WA perhaps?

There’s a massive remnant of a volcano sticking out in the middle of the ocean off of the coast of Australia and it looks spectacular. Yes, it has been climbed before (50 years ago this year to be exact), and yes it’s very hard/impossible to get a permit to climb it again, but dream with me for a moment, if you will.

Many of those huts look like they are in incredible locations. Definitely worth keeping in mind when planning the next trip.

Sidenote: Their tagline is:

The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America.

There are only two countries in North America, and the fact that the US and it’s Alpine Club, the AAC doesn’t have a large network of huts is really sad and I am researching on why that is and what can be done to change that. Researching, at this point only!

Man, amazing races all over Europe. Honey, we need to spend the Summer in the Alps.

Cortina SkyRace – June 25.

Zugspitz Ultratrail – June 19/20.

Eiger Ultra Trail – July 18/19.

And the mountains are beckoning.

It’s the big one—Mount Rainier—with nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, roughly 2/3 the amount of oxygen available versus sea level, and 50+ pounds of weight on your back.

Get going!

Schiller Bike:

“…So many bodies of water. Let’s go bike them all.”

Insanely expensive, but I love the idea of ‘riding a bike across the water’.

Well, doh.

For two Western powers with comparable wealth, democratic governments, legacy car companies, long histories of massive highway investment, and a shared affection for David Hasselhoff, the United States and Germany have followed dramatically different trajectories when it comes to automobile reliance. In the chart below, we list the various ways the countries diverge on driving trends.

What the article failed to mention is the fact that Stuttgart is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. So the people who live and work there are even more likely to use the car than anywhere else in Germany. Because they all drive really nice cars.

Is the social media tool for outdoor lovers. Just found it and downloaded the app. Pretty slick idea but with still some rough edges. The team reached out to me on Twitter and said that a 3.0 version is in the works and will be released soon. So, if you’re always wanted a place to post awesome pictures of your hikes and other outdoor endeavors and need a place for inspiration and community this app might be it.

Fantastic idea:

Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.

Wish the website would have a better way of searching by map though.

Looks like Honda Element. But Honda discontinued it. I sort of liked the Honda Element. We used to have one but downgraded because we felt like it was too big,  that damn windshield constantly dinged and the gas milage sucked. But overall it was a great car, especially the interior was brilliant. Great washable cloth and flexible seating to allow for a ton of storage. Awesome for the outdoors.

Next time I’m at a Jeep dealership I should take a test drive… just a test drive of course.

PS: Saw the car during an ad at the Superbowl. Millions well spent.

U.S. Department of the Interior now has a Tumblr showcasing photos from America’s public lands.

Smart idea and gorgeous photos.

From the Center for American Progress:

A growing body of research shows that proximity to parks, trails, and outdoor spaces is among the most prominent factors that businesses and workers consider when choosing where to locate.

This is what keeps the Alps alive!

Doug, this one’s for you.

San Francisco announces their bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

While on one side this will kill any chances for Seattle making a big in the near future, this is in itself is an exciting announcement.

They have my full support. Love when the Games come close to home. I will totally go!

PS: There’s a larger and much deeper conversation to be had around the future of Olympic Host Cities and how this can be structured and maintained for future generations. And this needs to happen, don’t get me wrong. But that juggernaut must turn slowly and carefully. And I pray the IOC will find a solution on how the Olympic Games should represent themselves for future generations.

PPS: Their website needs serious help. Super slow, buggy scrolling and blurry images. For crying out loud, they are in the Bay Area. You’d think they find a few designers and developers who could help them get a site up that represents the City.

In spectacular places all over the world, we have singled out rare retreats where beautiful accommodations and gourmet cuisine are just a small part of a much greater equation. These are not simply hotels, they are the concepts of dreamers come to fruition: unique lodges that defy the imagination in their design and detail, founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.

Wow…. and then I checked the prices… wow again.

Legoland feels ‘Kragled‘.


The year 2015, will mark 150 years since the first person stood atop the iconic Matterhorn, and this video, from Mammut, shows an awesome and tasteful tribute that is just one of many events leading up to the actual anniversary date.

Great article celebrating and explaining the ‘Wilderness Act’:

The idea of government-designated wilderness contains a contradiction — one that people who work with wilderness ponder a lot. It’s this: To keep these places untouched by humankind, humankind has to manage the hell out of them.

I’ve always been struggling with the concept of ‘wilderness’. As a European I am more than comfortable enjoying the outdoors well-managed, well-populated and established. Here in the US we celebrate the true ‘wilderness’. Consider it a goal to spend lots of time in a place where there is nothing but nature. For me this ‘nothing’ is too little. Once you experience this, after a hike you might agree with me. Until then, enjoy your blisters for nothing, fool.

And by tech product I mean the new iPhone, of course.

Panzarino ups the ante and takes the review units to Disneyland. Great idea. This really sets the bar for future reviews, since this time around most reviews felt a bit… flat from what I am gathering around the internet.

Apple, I’d love to take the next phone out for a hike in a National Park. Let me know where I can pick up a unit.

Been following Rick Steves on PBS now for a long time. His travel shows about Christmas time in Germany/Austria bring tears to my eyes, every time. I’ll be seeing him speak live for the first time this week and I’m excited.

I’m also curious if there is such a personality/host for traveling around the US. And if not, why not. Any ideas? Perhaps I’ll get a chance to ask him this coming Saturday.

Der Spiegel:

Every year, some 30,000 people attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and a shocking number die on the mountain. The reason, say locals, is overcrowding, foolhardiness and a lack of respect for the White Lady.

The Alps are just so damn accessible. It’s so easy to get ‘up there’ into the zone that in every other mountain range would require alot more foresight, preparation and organization. It’s fantastic up there. But the mountains will always, always demand respect from us.