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  • Ancient Art - The Coolest Top Out In Climbing? | Episode 2

    Ancient Art - The Coolest Top Out In Climbing? | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 2

    WITH MARK & JANELLE SMILEY

    Episode 2 is live! From perfect splitters, terrible weather, dicey double cornices, stellar granite, Mark and Janelle Smiley saw a lot of what climbing had to offer in 2014. Each climb has attributes that make them unique and special. One look at Ancient Art in Utah's Fisher Towers and it's abundantly clear what makes this climb a classic - it is remarkably aesthetic. It's main corkscrew route to the tiny top is a climb that draws climbers from around the world.

    Because of its sandstone composition, Ancient Art may very well be ancient history in the near future. Check out what makes this classic so special with Mark and Janelle Smiley, and get after it!

    Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay. Looking down from the tiny top-out of Ancient Art. Janelle Smiley on the belay.

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  • Fine Jade (5.11a) - Utah's Finest Sandstone Tower | Episode 1

    Fine Jade (5.11a) - Utah's Best Sandstone Tower | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 1

    With Mark & Janelle Smiley

    Check out the first episode in 2015 from Mark & Janelle Smiley and EpicTV from Fine Jade, an absolute desert classic. Right on The Rectory in Moab's Castle Valley, with fine views of Castleton Tower, and complemented by some of the finest sandstone cracks imaginable, it should be high on any trad climber's list. See what this fantastic line in Utah's high desert is all about!

    As an epicenter for climbing, Moab's Castle Valley contains many classics, including Fine Jade (5.11a) As an epicenter for climbing, Moab's Castle Valley contains many classics, including Fine Jade (5.11a). Photo: Mark Smiley

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  • Winter Sale is on at Feathered Friends!

    Save on the gear you love during the Feathered Friends Winter Sale! Dec 26th, 2014 thru Jan 5th, 2015 Save on the gear you love during the Feathered Friends Winter Sale! Dec 26th, 2014 thru Jan 5th, 2015

    Feathered Friends Winter Sale | Dec 26 - Jan 5

    Get decked out for winter during the Winter Sale at Feathered Friends. Drop by the Seattle store for the best selection on great deals on apparel and footwear from December 26th thru January 5th

    Savings abound on the top brands in outdoor footwear and apparel, including: Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Mammut, Outdoor Research, Mountain Equipment, Rab, Ibex, Darn Tough, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Salewa, Five Ten, Boreal, Lowa, and more!

    • 20% off Select IBEX merino wool apparel and accessories
    • 20% off All Softshell Jackets and Pants
    • 15% off All Footwear
    • 15% off All Socks
    • 15% off Feathered Friends logo wear

    Our Seattle store hours during the sale:

    Get Winterized!

  • Simone Moro - 'The Call of the Ice' - Dec 3

    It isn't exactly easy climbing 8,000 meter peaks in winter... Simone taking a breather high on Shisha Pangma (8,013m). Hear from renowned Italian alpinist Simone Moro at Feathered Friends on December 3rd! It isn't exactly easy climbing 8,000 meter peaks in winter... Hear from renowned Italian alpinist Simone Moro (pictured taking a breather high on Shisha Pangma - 8,013m) at Feathered Friends on December 3rd!

    Simone Moro and The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8,000-Meter Peaks in Winter

    “Climbing 8000-meter peaks is one of the most physically difficult and mentally challenging endeavors that humans have ever attempted. Steep terrain. Hurricane-force winds. Subzero temperatures. Blinding snowstorms. Near impossibility of rescue. Constant discomfort…then there is Simone…he climbs these peaks in winter.” --Ed Viesturs

    Renowned Italian aplinist Simone Moro will be at Feathered Friends for a special multimedia presentation and to celebrate the release of his new book The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8,000-Meter Peaks in Winter!

    Don't miss stories from the only person to summit three 8000 meter peaks during winter!

    Spread the word! Facebook Event

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Simone Moro multimedia slideshow presented by Mountaineers Books and Feathered Friends
    When: Wednesday, December 3rd
    Time: Starts at 7:00pm
    Cost: FREE! No tickets, but arrive early to claim a seat!
    Bonus: Beverages | Q & A | Copies of Simone's new book will be available plus book signings!

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  • Ibex Extravaganza at Feathered Friends - Nov 20

    Join us at Feathered Friends November 20th for an Ibex Extravaganza! Get your snack on and save 20% on ALL Ibex apparel and accessories! Join us at Feathered Friends November 20th for an Ibex Extravaganza! Get your snack on as we dole out food and drink and save a bundle on ALL Ibex apparel and accessories!

    Ibex Extravaganza at Feathered Friends

    Drop by Feathered Friends on November 20th and check out the best in wool apparel and accessories and receive 20% off ALL Ibex items - including special orders! Ibex representatives will also be on hand to show what makes Ibex special. For evening visits after 3pm, free refreshments will be provided!

    Don't miss it!

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: Ibex Extravaganza
    When: Thursday, November 20th
    Time: Save 20% all day! Free refreshments from 3pm to 7pm
    Bonus: Refreshments, snacks, 20% Off ALL Ibex

    20% off applies only on Thursday, November 20th for in-store Purchases only.

  • 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!

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