In the fall of 2013 I created the video blog “Best of the NW” to promote year-round out door recreation by encouraging people to explore the most loved trails in the Pacific NW, Western Washington and the Cascades.
With the ambitious goal to bring hiking guidebooks to life with video, captured gps routes for reference and links to recent trail conditions on the Washington Trails web site we tracked each trip with a SUUNTO Ambit watch.
Using hiking trails as the first audience we are also developing “video guides” for trail running, Nordic skiing and mountaineering. We aspire to be a resource for weekend warriors and families as a cure for the dreaded “Nature Deficit Disorder” that affects so many of our techie NW city dwellers.
2014 was a year of trails for Best of the NW.
In 2013 we committed to releasing one trail video per week for 2014 with the plan to shoot trail videos year-round along with capturing gps data for our web site and reference guide.
We are happy to report that we have surpassed our own goal of 56 videos for the year. We are building a strong reference base with 128 videos on our YouTube channel.
Hoping to better document the Fred Becky high route we gps mapped and video documented the “Full Necklace Loop” in the Alpine Lakes wilderness. Connecting the east and west forks of the Foss River bypassing 17 lakes in 27 miles with a mountain traverse in the middle.
In 2015 we shift our focus to release one video per month.
These will be higher-level snippets such as top 10 lists, featuring unusual outdoor spectacles (climb and ski St Helens in a dress for mothers day)… and fun community outdoor recreation events like the Hog Loppet. With less than five hikes to go, we will complete all 60 hikes in the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 miles Seattle.
We encourage you to make the most of the abundance of nature the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Set some ambitious goals for 2015 and enjoy the training process discovering new trails year-round.
Follow us to adventure.