#skoutfind: National Geographic PDF Quads

Technology has opened the doors to many possibilities that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago. National Geographic has utilized the power of satellites and GPS technology to make yet another of these projects a reality. Since 1879, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has taken upon themselves the responsibility of mapping the country and “has been the primary civilian mapping agency of the United States ever since,” according to the … Continue reading #skoutfind: National Geographic PDF Quads

Expedition to the Unexplored Reclus Volcano

Our friend Eñaut Izagirre, who conducted Incognita Patagonia in 2016, left today on an exploration expedition to the southwestern part of the South Patagonian Icefield. Eñaut tells us the plan is to check the status of the active Reclus volcano, “where pristine lakes and rivers flow down from the large icefield, making the area remote and unexplored.” Then, with funding from National Geographic, Universidad De Magallanes, and … Continue reading Expedition to the Unexplored Reclus Volcano

John Wros – First to Traverse Baranof Island

120 miles of one of the very last untraversed mountain ranges in Alaska, John Wros was written into a grant to try to cross Baranof Island in June of 2017. Funded by the American Alpine Club, the objective is the first lengthwise ridge traverse of Baranof island in Southeast Alaska. According to John, “The island is 100 miles long by 20 wide and made up of … Continue reading John Wros – First to Traverse Baranof Island

#skoutfind: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles

Photo: Flash-Sport “It’s pretty rare that I use poles… but when I have, the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles are awesome! Lightweight and collapsible, they are easy to carry or stow. They are great on steep ascents.” – Janessa Taylor “Fast and Light” is a common theme among our ambassadors.  It is important to be able to move fast and light on the side of … Continue reading #skoutfind: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles

Skout Ambassador: Desiree Marek

“I have never been an athlete. Because my family didn’t have much growing up, work always had to take precedence over sports. As a young adult, work, again, had to take precedence so I could pursue an education. It wasn’t until the fall of 2009 that I began running and learned what it meant to be an athlete. Since then, I have seen places I … Continue reading Skout Ambassador: Desiree Marek

#skoutfind: Simple Hydration Water Bottle

“The Simple Hydration bottle is my favorite minimalist system for carrying water while racing and moving fast. It tucks into my waistband, doesn’t bounce, and let’s me run with hands free efficiency.” – Brian Donnelly Trail & Ultra Runner | Fast-Packer | Skout Backcountry Ambassador “The Simple Hydration Water Bottle is a crowd-funded product. Initial funding came from other runners and individuals through Kickstarter” explains Simple … Continue reading #skoutfind: Simple Hydration Water Bottle

Thru-Hiking the PCT: Amy Buglione

The Pacific Crest Trail is renowned in the Oregon outdoor scene for its rugged terrain, wild beauty, and vast expanse. But it is even more significant to us at Skout Backcountry. It was right before her thru-hike of the PCT that Amy Buglione first contacted us, unaware that four years later she would be a vital member of Team Skout Backcountry. This is her story. In … Continue reading Thru-Hiking the PCT: Amy Buglione