Expedition Tales

  • Join the FF Family!

    Feather in the Store

    Feathered Friends has a couple of openings for this summer and beyond.

    Digital Media Assistant

    Feathered Friends, a premiere down products manufacturer and retailer, is hiring a digital media assistant to join the web and marketing team at our Seattle location.

    The digital media assistant will be the primary team member responsible for telling the Feathered Friends brand story to segments of our online audience. We’re looking for someone with a passion for the brand, social media savvy, and a bit of artistic flair coupled with technical capabilities. Major duties will include:
    Curate and create content for social media (primarily Facebook and Instagram) and the Feathered Friends blog
    Prepare images for social media and the Feathered Friends website
    Coordinate the (small) Feathered Friends ambassador team
    Interact with and respond to social media posts and inquiries
    Work with the Retail Store Event Coordinator and Store Manager to plan and assist with in-store ambassador events
    Write unique and compelling product descriptions
    Create and maintain product images that are both SEO and bandwidth friendly
    Maintain a strong digital filing system to create, maintain, and access images for the web
    Use very basic HTML to format product descriptions (can be learned on the job)
    Work with web and marketing managers to coordinate featured items and other online displays
    Assist with in-store graphics and signs
    Follow established company policies, procedures, and objectives.
    Miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

    Excellent attention to detail
    Accuracy and accountability
    Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects
    Excellent organization and communication skills
    Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    Willingness and ability to work through issues in a positive manner
    Ability to think creatively and effectively solve problems
    Proficiency with basic computer systems including Word, Excel, email, and Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Photoshop
    Experience with or demonstrated ability to quickly learn layout programs like InDesign
    Familiarity with InDesign, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Magento is a plus but not required
    Familiarity with the outdoor industry and outdoor products desired

    To Apply
    Email a cover letter and resume to jobs@featheredfriends.com. Please reference “Digital Media position” in subject.

    Customer Service Pro / Retail Sales Associate

    Feathered Friends is looking for a full time Retail Sales Associate to join the team at our Seattle store!

    Detailed knowledge of outdoor gear and equipment
    Passion for the outdoors and a desire to foster this in others
    Ability to stay on task and motivated
    Excellent communication skills and outgoing personality
    Outdoor retail experience preferred

    Helping customers in their purchasing decisions by drawing on detailed product knowledge and personal experience
    Opening and closing the retail store
    Counting down registers, bank deposits and point of sale usage
    Provide outstanding customer service in person, over the phone, and via email
    Sales floor maintenance and other duties as assigned
    32 hours per week including most evenings and some weekends

    Email a cover letter and resume to neil@featheredfriends.com. Please reference “Retail Sales Associate” in subject.

  • The Memorial Day Sale... With Seconds & Samples


    It's Time For Massive Savings

    Epic deals on cosmetic blemishes, factory seconds, samples, closeouts, and rentals. Time to save up to 80%!

    This doesn't happen very often, and when it does, the early bird gets the worm.

    Products include*:
    Sleeping Bags
    Lightweight Down Jackets
    Expedition Down Jackets
    Down Comforters & Pillows
    & more!

    These seconds are available at our Seattle Store only.

    Seattle Store Info

    *Seconds, closeouts, and rentals are non-refundable and are not covered under our warranty.


    The Memorial Day Sale is On!

    May 18 thru May 29

    Save on the gear you need for your Spring Adventures. And for the jaded PNW'ers, yes, Spring is finally, FINALLY, arriving! No more excuses, it's time to get out there.

    Savings include:
    25% Off select climbing hardware, including All Black Diamond cams
    25% Off select backpacks from Mammut, Black Diamond, Osprey, and more
    20%-25% Off select camping gear, including All MSR tents
    Up to 40% Off select backpacking and mountaineering footwear
    And much more

    Big savings on select Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Mammut, and Arc'Teryx apparel.

    The sale is available only at our Seattle store

    Seattle Store Info

    Don't miss out!

  • Arc'teryx Phase AR Baselayer Review

    Phase AR in action in WA Review by Claire Giordano

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, there are two items I will never have too many of; baselayers and fleece jackets. A good baselayer top is the foundation of an effective layering system ready to meet changeable weather conditions from coastal rains to snowy peaks. Because we take our baselayers so many places, we demand a lot from them. We expect them to be warm but not too hot, durable and yet lightweight, and cozy but not overly bulky.

    Over the last five months I got to adventure with the new Arc’teryx Phase AR baselayer, and it is now my top-pick for a synthetic shirt.

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  • Pumori, the Dream: Expedition Report

    Himalaya climbing season is just around the corner and we are busy shipping down suits and jackets around the world. As those climbers prepare for their journeys, we wanted to share a trip report by Feathered Friends ambassador Erin Smart about her first trip to the Himalaya and attempted ski descent of Pumori last fall. Words by Erin Smart. Photographs by Erin and Benjamin Ribeyre.


    With my crampons secure on the 55 degree slope, and my axes sunk in above me, I looked up to Benj a few meters above as he asked me “what do you think?” I knew what he was asking. I looked down at the steep icy slope below us, and at the bergschrund that was above a 100 meter ice cliff, and then I looked above us at the 1000m of steep snow above. I spent a minute gaging the “maybe” in my head, and thought of my brothers words from the previous days satellite phone call, “Only do it for you. Remember that no one cares.”

    Paul had tried to climb Pumori before in 2011, but due to bad weather, his team didn't get much farther than base camp. He recruited Benj in the spring, and I received my invitation to join shortly thereafter. Benj and I had been in the mountains a lot before, but we only had one mountain prep trip with the whole team before we left for Nepal. We climbed and skied the Tour Ronde in the Chamonix valley in October and the team got along great. The adventure was off to a great start.

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  • Cerro San Lorenzo Expedition Report

    Expedition report from prolific climber and alpinist, Jay Smith. Jay has been climbing for "longer than he cares to admit," and put up nearly 2,000 new routes across the world. His climbing partner, Jim Donini, is another prolific man of the mountains who was president of the American Alpine Club from 2006 to 2009 and is known for his routes in Patagonia and Alaska. Words and images by Jay Smith.

    Not all expeditions go as planned. Read on to see how these two experienced alpinists responded to adverse conditions and tough decisions. 

    Cerro San lorenzo

    Cerro San Lorenzo is the second highest peak in Patagonia. It lies at 47º south latitude, in-between the northern and southern Patagonia ice caps, the only ice caps (an ice mass covering less than 50,000 square kilometers) outside of the poles. At 12,170’ it is not particularly high, but do to it’s location, less than 50 linear miles from the Pacific, on the Chilean/Argentine border, it experiences some of the worst weather on the planet. Indeed, it’s 6 mile summit plateau, which is almost completely adorned with overhanging seracs and cornices, presents formidable obstacles which defend it’s 3 summits. Just to find safe passage between these is a challenge. That, coupled with atrocious winds that can easily exceed 100 mph sweeping the summit, makes it a very difficult mountain to attain by any route. Other than the normal route, a walk-up via glacier travel, there are only 2 other climbs on the mountain that have been completed, though many have been attempted.

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