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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.

  • Decked Out in Down Giveaway!

    Get Decked Out in Down! Enter on Facebook between now and November 22 for a chance to win! Get Decked Out in Down! Enter on Facebook between now and November 22 for a chance to win!

    The Decked Out in Down Giveaway!

    Feathered Friends is excited to announce the Decked Out in Down Giveaway! Enter Decked Out in Down Get decked out for the winter and seasons beyond in Feathered Friends gear. Free gear is the best, so why not get the best for free?

    Grand prize includes:
    A 20 Degree Sleeping Bag of Your Choice
    + A Hooded Helios Jacket
    + A Pair of Down Booties
    + A Geoduck Pillow

    Enter Here
    • Simply 'Like' Us on Facebook (if you haven't already)
    • Enter and submit the form before 6pm PT on November 22
    That's It!

    Share and Receive Bonus Entries
    For each friend that enters the Decked Out In Down Giveaway, you will receive an additional bonus entry!

    We will notify the winner via email followed by an announcement on Facebook.

    Complete Contest Rules

    Good Luck!

  • Patagonia Alpinism with Colin Haley - Nov 12

    Join us November 12 for a slideshow from Colin Haley on his home away from home: Patagonia Join us November 12 for a slideshow from Colin Haley on his home away from home: Patagonia

    Patagonia Alpinism: One Year in the Life of an Addict

    Colin Haley has been on a tear. The Seattle local has his climbing roots in the Cascades, but he has been linking up phenomenal climbs around the world. Colin has been spending much of his time playing in the climbing playground that is Patagonia. See what he has been up to and what makes Patagonia so special to him in an evening that promises to be awesome.

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: 'Patagonia Alpinism' slideshow with Colin Haley
    When: Tuesday, November 12th
    Time: Starts at 8pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Beverages, swag, and more!

    See you there!

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    Check out much of Colin's climbing activity on his Skagit Alpinism blog

  • Wilderness GPS with Mike and Bob Burns - Nov 6

    Bob Burns and Mike Burns new book 'Wilderness GPS' Bob Burns and Mike Burns new book 'Wilderness GPS'

    Wilderness GPS slideshow party at Feathered Friends with Bob Burns and Mike Burns

    Where: Feathered Friends
    What: 'Wilderness GPS' slideshow party & book signing
    When: Wednesday, November 6th
    Time: Starts at 7pm
    Cost: Free!
    Bonus: Book signing & more!

    Authors of the bestselling Wilderness Navigation, father-and-son team Bob Burns and Mike Burns teamed up to write yet another soon-to-be bestselling title: Wilderness GPS: A Step-by-Step Guide (Mountaineers Books, November 2013). To celebrate, catch them at Feathered Friends for a free slideshow—with real slides going all the way back to the 1970s! Expect an entertaining evening of good stories and decades of mountain adventures as seen through the lives and lens of these two Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen.

    Sponsored by:
    Feathered Friends
    Mountaineers Books

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