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history of cast Iron
There is something about a cast iron skillet that tugs at the heart of any outdoorsman. It’s almost as if its burley black surface has retained a hint of every fire it has hovered over and every dish it has cooked. Holding one, you can feel its history coursing through it, almost like it has a story it wants to tell over a couple of beverages by the bonfire. Well, it does have a story, one that is almost as old as recorded history. Read more on the Filson Journal here: https://bit.ly/3LtQUrw
History of the Cowboy Hat
When it comes to Western wear, the cowboy hat defines the iconic image of the American West. From the early frontier to Hollywood cinema, it’s held an important place in North American culture. Learn more on the Filson Journal here: https://bit.ly/3Az1XL9
Deenaalee Hodgdon: Alaskan Queer Artist
Deenaalee Hodgdon is an indigenous queer artist and nomad. They circulate seasons between commercial fishing in Bristol Bay and participating in various forms of storytelling through the winter. Deenaalee’s writing lies at the cross trails of ethnography, poetry, and frantic free writes. They are happiest when harvesting from the land, living on the water, grounding themselves in the mountains, and learning new practices. Learn more on The Filson Journal.
Trent Peterson: The Way Forward
During a trip to the Sierra Nevada's in 2015 he first set his eyes on the mountains he now calls home while scouting the area for a planned horse traverse of the PCT. He settled into an area next to the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, where he often gone for weeks at a time working as a Forest Service Packer and lives a mountain man way of life, living and packing in the mountains in the summer, and building lightweight packer saddles in the winter. Read more on The Filson Journal.
Samantha Meldon - Ranchlands
She's up before the sun every day. she rides an old dirt bike out to the pasture to wrangle horses and guide them into the red wood corrals at headquarters. by moonlight, she catches her horse—using nothing but patience and the bond she’s developed from hundreds of hours in the saddle.
Daniel Curry | The Range Rider
As a range rider, Daniel Curry patrols the rugged wilderness of Colville National Forest in eastern Washington through all seasons and weather. He will spend weeks working tirelessly day and night with his dogs to protect both the grey wolf population and cattle that graze on public lands. Read more on The Filson Journal.
Alaskan Woodcarver Zach LaPerriére
From his partially off-the-grid cabin, Alaskan woodcarver Zach LaPerriére harvests both living trees and deadfall to create unique pieces of art that, in some cases, take years to complete. "I am in the incredibly privileged position to connect people to the woods," LaPerriére says. "I cannot think of anything I would rather be doing than this." Read LaPerriére's story on The Filson Journal.
Sustainable Kelp Farming
When you think of sustainable farming, the ocean might not come to mind. But for Lia Heifetz of Barnacle Foods, that’s exactly her first thought—along with kelp. Learn about this emerging industry in Southeast Alaska. #FilsonLife
Why the Skagit River Watershed Matters | The Filson Journal
Nothing feels small on the Skagit River. It emerges from the Cascade Mountains, the ridgelines rising suddenly and severely, compressing the landscape and framing the view with their immense, sharp mass. For much of its length, the river is wide enough that three or four drift boats could easily pass side by side with plenty of room to spare.
Grizzly Bear Reintroduction | The Filson Journal
Grizzly bears - an icon of the West. A keystone predator that can weigh up to 600lbs. Their thick, lush fur can range from dark brown to nearly towhead blonde. They are capable of surviving the harshest of conditions, if allowed to. They once ranged from Northern Alaska to Central Mexico, but while Alaska and western British Columbia still have large numbers of bears, their southern range has shrunk dramatically to just a handful of areas in the lower 48, including Yellowstone in WY, MT & ID.
Conservation Northwest: Keeping the NW Wild | Filson Journal
For the 7.5 million residents of WA state, most, if not all, have used or will use I-90 at some point. This interstate runs right through the southern end of the North Cascade mountains, home to great populations of wild species. As you drive east from Seattle, there is a bridge spanning the interstate just before Easton. This bridge is a wildlife crossing that will help keep these animals safe from vehicles. The bridge is there thanks to, Conservation Northwest.
The Glaciers of the North Cascades | The Filson Journal
North Cascades National Park counts more than 300 glaciers along this northwestern spine of mountains-and that's just inside the park boundaries. The North Cascades are the most glaciated place in the country outside of Alaska, but this ice-clad range has remained relatively under the radar compared to places such as Montana's Glacier National Park or Mount Rainier in the South Cascades.
Fred Beckey: Spirit of the Mountains | The Filson Journal
If you listen hard enough, you can hear Fred Beckey's spirit whispering among the towering peaks and hidden valleys of the Northern Cascades. Around campfires, bar tops, or anywhere that people gather, his name tends to pop up. He is an outdoors urban legend, the mythical mountaineer who spent eight decades solely focused on one thing and one thing only: climbing.