Expedition Tales

  • The Labor Day Sale is On Now

    The Feathered Friends Labor Day Sale - Save on outdoor gear and apparel Summer and autumn adventures are calling! Save on gear, footwear, and apparel thru September 5th

    Get decked out for late summer and autumn adventures during the Labor Day Sale at Feathered Friends. Drop by the Seattle store for the best selection on great deals on apparel, gear and footwear till September 5th

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  • National Park Centennial Photo Contest

    photo contest announcement

    Instagram National Park Centennial Photo Contest

    Start Date: August 23
    End Date: August 31

    Winner will be chosen September 2, 2016.

    To celebrate the National Park Centennial, we invite you to enter your favorite images from our National Parks in a photo contest. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag with #FeatheredFriendsGear and #NPS100.

    The winner will receive a pair of Feathered Friends Down Booties!

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  • Join Our Team!

    Feather in the Store

    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!

    Must enjoy working with all types of customers
    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
    Retail experience preferred but not required
    Requires working 35-40 hours per week including most evenings and some weekends

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

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

  • Backpacking Hacks Part 2

    Part two is a smorgasbord of advice from the Feathered Friends staff on simple ways to maximize the fun while on a backpacking (or camping) adventure.

    clean socks hanging from a line Who doesn't love a good pair of clean socks? Photo: Claire Giordano

    1. Bring “Sacred Socks”

    Our feet take a beating on hikes, especially backpacking trips, when we wear the same pairs of socks for days on end. While some feet (and noses) don’t mind, others do not take kindly to the abuse and complain. Our solution; bring a pair of clean “sacred socks” that are only worn in the tent. Not only does this keep your bag clean and fresh, but it also gives you the opportunity to rinse the salt and dirt from your hiking pair to prevent salt rash and unhappy feet.

    2. Don’t skimp on your sleeping pad

    Campsite comfort matters. After a long day of hiking there is nothing better than sitting down for a good meal, and then crawling into a cozy tent and sleeping bag. Sadly, too often people forget about their sleeping pad, and end up tossing and turning all night trying to find a comfortable position.

    For some people, the simple foam layer will work well, but we are big fans of inflatable sleeping pads like those made by Therm-a-Rest, Exped, and Sea-to-Summit. While expensive to get a high quality one, when taken good care of these pads can last a long time. They are also not only more comfortable, but quite a bit warmer in cold conditions.

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  • Backpacking Hacks Part 1: Food

    It’s backpacking season in Washington, and the Feathered Friends staff is getting out there on adventures big and small. Here is a collection of some of our favorite backpacking tips. Part 1 focuses on food!

    Backpacking meal by Claire Giordano Dinner in the Sierras. Picture: Claire Giordano

    1. Fun food = happy hikers

    You may have been told that it doesn’t matter what food you bring, because you will be so hungry and eat it anyway... no matter how bad it tastes. While we have all choked down our fair share of freeze dried cardboard packs, taking the time and energy to bring exciting food elevates our backpacking experience like little else out there.

    From lugging cold pizza to base camp to carrying in a bag of candy, we each have a favorite food that we bring along. If weight is a concern, however, we suggest bringing something simple but fun like Expedition hot sauce or sausages to add to a lightweight freeze dried meal.

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