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David Parnell

David is an accomplished mountain endurance athlete who has completed over 25 ultra marathon races (follow on Strava). He is most proud of his finish at The Drift 100 - a high elevation, 100 mile winter foot race that zigzags along the Continental Divide in Wyoming. In the future he hopes to compete in the ITI 350 and ultimately the full 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational that follows the same path as the historic dog sled race.

Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors! Especially when you live in a city as close to the mountains as Seattle, there’s a whole world of amazing day hikes out there for you to discover. To help you get away from the concrete jungle and into the …

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Glacier Peak is the fourth tallest peak in Washington and is one of the state’s five major stratovolcanoes. Originally known as “Tda-ko-buh-ba” or “Takobia” or “Dakobed” in the dialect of the local Sauk-Suiattle people, Glacier Peak is the most isolated of the Cascade Volcanoes, so it sees relatively little traffic from outdoor recreationalists when compared …

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Trekking in Nepal is at the top of many outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket lists. Snow-capped mountains, cozy tea houses, and endless dal bhat are just some of the many things you can look forward to while trekking through the tallest peaks in the world. So, the question that most would-be trekkers in Nepal ask themselves is: …

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This is a report on my own Bigfoot 200 training and racing experience. The important lessons learned and how I plan to tackle this beast of a race again in the future. The Bigfoot 200 is a point-to-point trail running race through the cascade mountains of southern Washington. I trained all year for this one …

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My very first hike up South Sister was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Since that first climb several years ago I have gone on to climb this mountain literally dozens of times. So, how long is the hike up South Sister mountain? The hike up South Sister mountain from Devil’s Lake is …

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The summer activities in Mammoth Lakes are truly endless. So, with this roundup I hope to let you in on the very best and must do activities to make sure you have a blast when you visit. We recently traveled by car (10+ hours from our home in Oregon) to visit the quaint mountain town …

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I’ve been so excited by the prospect of moving our family to a Colorado ski town, I hopped on a plane to do some hands on research. Below are my first hand impressions of 3 of the most popular resort towns in all of Colorado. So, what is the best Colorado ski town to live …

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When I daydream about moving to a ski town, schools are at the top of my priority list since I have one elementary age kid and one mid schooler. I’d also prefer to not pay $40K a year to send my two kids to an expensive private school. So, the hunt began for the perfect …

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