Expedition Tales

  • Spring Hiking in the Southwest: 5 Pro Tips

    Escalante Twisty Road

    Last month one of our staff members road tripped through the southwest. Here are five of her tips on how to make the most of your adventure.

    1. Layer, layer, layer.

    Springtime means unpredictable weather. When the sun was out I happily stolled along in short sleeves and sunglasses. When clouds, rain, snow, or nightfall rolled in, however, I had to be ready to layer up quickly. My go-to pieces of gear were a thin pair of wool gloves, a wind shirt, a hooded quarter-zip base layer (I now want hoods on everything), and my down Eos jacket.

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  • Memorial Day Sale!

    It’s that time of the year… to gear up for your summer adventures!

    Memorial Day Sale Image- Hiker in mountains

    Our in-store Memorial Day Sale starts on May 19, and goes through May 30th.

    Whether you are going on your first backpacking trip or preparing for Mount Rainier, our sale and clearance items will help you get out there and send your adventure.

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  • Roadtrip Reports: Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon National Park Watercolor Painting

    Part One: A Feathered Friends Tour of the Southwest

    Hoodoos. Ladies with hairdos. Fairy Chimneys. Whatever you call them, the incredible rock formations of Bryce Canyon are unlike anything else in the world. The towering spires, vibrant colors, and chromatic vistas were the first stop in a road trip to celebrate the National Park Centennial.

    Last month I went on a month-long road trip to explore the parks that are arguably one of “America’s best ideas” in relation to conservation and recreation. It was also the perfect opportunity to put some new Feathered Friends gear to the test in a cold and arid climate.

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  • Throwback Thursday: The Feathered Friends Photo Archives

    Feathered-Friends-Archive-Photo-Throwback-Thursday-Everest-web
    A dusty green binder lay in the corner of the office, a forgotten treasure trove of images from the early adventures of Feathered Friends on big mountains.

    The binder is a jumble of slides, negatives, and faded prints. Holding slides up to the light of my computer monitor, I discovered pictures of ice falls and blue skies. Upon further inspection, handwritten labels revealed words like “Everest, K2, and 8,000” hinting at the big adventures documented in the tiny images.

    Starting in the 1970’s, the pictures recount ascents in the local Cascade Mountains to expeditions across the world in Nepal and Pakistan.

    Keep your eyes out over the coming months for more pictures and longer stories recounting the journeys behind our favorite archived pictures.

  • Simple and Streamlined: Introducing the Eos Down Jacket

    Eos Down Jacket in Bryce Canyon National Park

    The Eos - our newest down jacket - handmade in Seattle

    The Eos jacket was named after the Greek goddess of dawn, and we designed it for all of your early morning adventures that require simple, lightweight, and fast warmth. Whether gearing up for an early ascent to catch the alpenglow or getting cozy in camp, the Eos has just the right amount of insulation to keep you warm on its own or as a layering piece when the weather moves in.

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