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  • Barry Blanchard 'The Calling' Reading and Slideshow - Nov 3

    Barry Blanchard will be at Feathered Friends November 3rd for a book reading and slideshow of his new book 'The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains' Barry Blanchard will be at Feathered Friends November 3rd for a book reading and slideshow of his new book 'The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains'

    The Calling with Barry Blanchard

    Join us at Feathered Friends November 3rd, 2014 for a special event with alpinist Barry Blanchard!

    One of North America’s top alpinists, Barry Blanchard will be reading excerpts and showing images from his new book The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains. Known for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalaya, Barry is a mountain guide and a Patagonia alpine climber who lives in Canmore, Alberta.

    After his presentation, Barry will answer questions and sign books, which will be available for sale.

    See you then!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Barry Blanchard The Calling reading, slideshow, and book signing - presented by Patagonia & Feathered Friends
    When: Monday, November 3rd
    Time: Doors at 7pm | Begins at 7:30pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Food and Beverages | Q & A | Book Signing

    Get a taste of the alpine adventures of Barry Blanchard on November 3rd. Here, Barry Blanchard high traversing high up on Cassin Ridge on Denali. Photo: Kevin Doyle @patagoniabooks Barry Blanchard high on Cassin Ridge on Denali. Photo: Kevin Doyle @patagoniabooks
  • GORE-TEX® Night at Feathered Friends - Oct 21

    Drop by Feathered Friends on October 21st for GORE-TEX Night! THere will be giveaways, prizes, and the top gear from some of the finest outdoor brands Drop by Feathered Friends on October 21st for GORE-TEX Night! THere will be giveaways, prizes, and the top gear from some of the finest outdoor brands

    GORE-TEX® Night at Feathered Friends

    Join us at Feathered Friends October 21st, 2014 for GORE-TEX® Night!

    The Pacific Northwest brings some climactic extremes. Rain and snow come to mind... With precipitous offerings from nature knocking on our door for the fall and winter of 2014/15, GORE-TEX® can be your best friend in recreational pursuits.

    Kick off the season on GORE-TEX® Night: enter to win giveaways for technical apparel and footwear from some of the finest brands in outdoor gear, chat with brand reps about your comings and goings in the outdoors, and enjoy snacks and beverages for your Tuesday evening. Check out the latest GORE-TEX® apparel and footwear models for the upcoming season from Arc'teryx, Mammut, Patagonia, La Sportiva, Salewa, Adidas, & Black Diamond and get stoked!

    See you then!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: GORE-TEX® Night
    When: Tuesday, October 21st
    Time: 4pm to 8pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Giveaways & Prizes | Food & Beverages

  • Mikey Schaefer and FORCE: A Film by Duct Tape Then Beer

    Join us at Feathered Friends for a screening of Force, a film by Patagonia ambassador Mikey Schaefer and Fitz Cahall of Duct Tape Then Beer. Join us at Feathered Friends for a screening of Force, a film by Patagonia ambassador Mikey Schaefer and Fitz Cahall of Duct Tape Then Beer. Photo: Mikey Schaefer

    Mikey Schaefer and FORCE: A Film by Duct Tape Then Beer

    Join us at Feathered Friends September 16th, 2014 for a screening of Force, a film by Patagonia climber and photographer Mikey Schaefer and Fitz Cahall of Duct Tape Then Beer.

    Since he was a young climber, Patagonia ambassador and photographer Mikey Schaefer has been simultaneously drawn and repelled by the ferocity of the world’s greatest mountains, and in the last decade he’s made an annual pilgrimage to El Chaltén, Argentina, to ferret out new routes. The photos he has taken during his time there have propelled him into a career in photography. Now, his images and film footage capture the imagination of today’s young climbers who aspire to climb in the windswept wilderness of Patagonia.

    Sit back, enjoy the film and afterwards wander a photo gallery of Mikey’s work. Event attendees may order prints, with all proceeds benefiting the Access Fund.

    Don't miss it!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Mikey Schaefer and FORCE: A Film by Duct Tape Then Beer
    When: Tuesday, September 16th
    Time: Doors at 7pm. Starts at 7:30pm
    Cost: FREE!
    Bonus: Refreshments | Prints of Mikey's work available

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  • Mt Logan's Hummingbird Ridge - Sept 11

    Back from a safe climb on Mt Logan's Hummingbird Ridge, Mark Smiley will be presenting on the expedition of the classic route, as well as other classic climbs done in 2014. Join us 11th of the September! Back from a safe climb on Mt Logan's Hummingbird Ridge, Mark Smiley will be presenting on the expedition of the classic route, as well as other classic climbs done in 2014. Join us 11th of the September!

    Hummingbird Ridge

    It sounds innocuous enough: Hummingbird Ridge. Its one ascent, however, would suggest otherwise. As Allen Steck was a member of the successful (and very bold) 1967 climb, he included the ridge in the book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. With very few attempts, and more deaths than summits, it seems a bit of a cruel joke 35 years after publication.

    In mid-2014, the team of Mark & Janelle Smiley, Jed Porter, and Reiner Thoni flew in from Silver City in the Yukon Territory to a less-than-ideal Seward Glacier, and got a taste of the infamous ridge, double cornices and all. See what this unbelievable expedition was all about with stellar photos and stories.

    As action packed as late 2013 and 2014 have been, Mark will also highlight the Palisades Traverse in the High Sierra, and give a sneak peek at their excellent videos that will be coming out this fall.

    Don't miss it!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Mt Logan: Hummingbird Ridge - a multimedia show with Mark Smiley
    When: Thursday, September 11th
    Time: Starts at 7:30pm
    Cost: $5 at the door - includes a raffle ticket
    Bonus: Raffle swag from Arc'teryx, La Sportiva, and Feathered Friends

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  • Jim Donini - The Climbing Legend - July 2nd

    THE climbing legend Jim Donini will be at Feathered Friends July 2nd for a fantastic slideshow. Don't miss it! THE climbing legend Jim Donini will be at Feathered Friends July 2nd for a fantastic slideshow. Don't miss it!

    Jim Donini Slideshow

    We are ecstatic to host climbing legend and pioneer Jim Donini for a slideshow on July 2nd, 2014!

    Jim's climbing firsts and persona are heralded throughout the climbing world. It's no secret why: he's been sending hard climbs for over five decades, spanning all seven continents, with no signs of stopping, packed with humor, humility, and enthusiasm. Join us for tales of alpine adventures from the man who turned "epic" into a verb.

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Jim Donini Slideshow
    When: Wednesday, July 2nd
    Time: Starts at 7:30pm
    Cost: $5 donation benefiting the American Alpine Club
    Bonus: Liquid refreshments

    Help spread the word by inviting your friends on Facebook!

    See you there!

  • West Ridge of Mt. Hunter | with Jed Porter

    Navigating the crux rock band on the West Ridge of Hunter. For Sierra-trained ridgers, this rocky bit was no big deal. Jediah Porter Photo Navigating the crux rock band on the West Ridge of Hunter. For Sierra-trained ridgers, this rocky bit was no big deal. Jediah Porter Photo

    West Ridge of Mount Hunter, AK

    Climbing with Jon A is a guide's dream come true. While I have rambled on about the experience before, dishing out the platitudes over the years (Palisade Traverse '12, Evolution '12. Not documented: Palisade Traverse '09, V-Notch '10, Tetons '13), it still blows my mind to spend time with such a hard-charging, tough-as-nails, mountain fanatic. He is strong and mentally driven. He trains like a fiend and takes direction like a good soldier. Like most mountain fanatics, he tackles life's big questions with action and drive. That being said, I won't embarrass him to say that he needs my guidance just as much as any guest. He has his strengths and weaknesses. Long days of action are no problem. His residence at altitude works in our favor time and again. His pursuit of the finish line is deeply motivated. But he also pushes and scares himself sick and is happy to delegate technical skills and high-mountain risk management to this grateful pro.

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  • PCT Express with Heather Anish Anderson - June 12

    Join us June 12th, 2014 for a wonderful presentation by Heather Anish Anderson on achieving lofty goals and overcoming fears - what it took to set the unsupported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail Join us June 12th, 2014 for a wonderful presentation by Heather Anish Anderson on achieving lofty goals, overcoming fears, and what it took to set the unsupported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail

    PCT Express with Heather "Anish" Anderson

    The Pacific Crest Trail is an ambitious undertaking for any through-hiker. With over 2660 miles of varied terrain from Mexico to Canada, the PCT offers plenty of physical and mental challenges. In 2013, Heather "Anish" Anderson not only completed the Pacific Crest Trail unsupported, a tremendous feat in itself, but did so by shattering the record time, finishing the entire trail in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes!

    Join us at Feathered Friends June 12, 2014 at 7pm as Heather presents the challenges of pursuing such a difficult undertaking, and what it took to finish the Pacific Crest Trail, self-supported, in record time. Whether you are planning a full through-hike of your own on one of America's Triple Crown routes, or just enjoy the exceptional outdoor opportunities in Washington, this promises to be an insightful and exciting evening.

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: 'PCT Express' presentation with Heather Anderson
    When: Thursday, June 12th
    Time: Starts at 7pm
    Cost: $10 suggested donation
    Bonus: Swag

    See you there!

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  • Our Favorite Non-Essential Items

    Feathered Friends Favorite Non-Essentials

    Our favorite non-essentials

    You know how it goes. Ounces turn to pounds, and those pounds are what you have to carry when you’re hiking, backpacking, or climbing. We are constantly looking to shave the weight: balancing need and want, safety and convenience. While we are big proponents of lightening the load, there are some items, luxuries if you will, that we like to have with us if possible.

    A little extra weight? Meet our favorite non-essential items
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  • Yosemite - Middle Cathedral Rock | Committed

    Yosemite's Middle Cathedral Rock - East Buttress

    Situated on the south-side of the Yosemite Valley, looking directly at El Capitan, Middle Cathedral Rock is often overshadowed by the formers' reputation and prominence (speaking of which, check out the Smiley's climb of The Nose on El Cap). The 11 pitch East Buttress on Middle Cathedral Rock is, however, an absolute Yosemite classic. Check out Mark & Janelle Smiley's climb of the East Buttress as part of their mega-project to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

    The East Buttress in all its vintage, classic glory The East Buttress in all its vintage, classic glory

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  • Ibex Night at Feathered Friends - December 5th

    Join us at Feathered Friends on Thursday, December 5th for Ibex Night! Join us at Feathered Friends on Thursday, December 5th for Ibex Night!

    Ibex Night at Feathered Friends

    Please join us on Thursday, December 5th for Ibex Night! Check out the best in wool apparel and accessories at our Seattle store and receive 20% off ALL Ibex items - including special orders! Ibex representatives will also be on hand to show what makes Ibex special. Refreshments and snacks will be provided!

    Don't miss it!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: IBEX Night
    When: Thursday, December 5th
    Time: 3pm to 8pm
    Bonus: Refreshments, snacks, 20% Off ALL Ibex

    20% off applies only from 3pm to 8pm on December 5, 2013. In-store Purchases only.

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