We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking. -- Finis Mitchell

Fall is here!

I know I have been kind of missing over the last few months from Just Northwest and I apologize. It's certainly been a busy time.

I'm still recovering from my knee surgery that I had in June and just haven't been able to get out hiking yet. My outdoor activities have been consisting of mainly walks around the block. Kinda lame.

But hopefully I'll be hitting the trails again soon! (At least for a test run with the knee) And with fall here it's a great time to get out and see the leaves! I'll post some trail ideas for going and seeing the colors of fall in the Seattle area.

There is even reports snow might be showing up in the mountains by next week. So until then, enjoy these wipeouts!

Team HTC-Highroad to disband after season

This is some very unfortunate and sad news coming from the cycling world. Cycling team HTC-Highroads will be disbanding at the end of the season.

Top professional cycling team HTC-Highroad is folding after five years in the sport following an unsuccessful effort to secure a long-term sponsor.

Team owner Bob Stapleton announced the decision Thursday, urging riders such as 20-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish of Britain, top time trialist Tony Martin of Germany and up-and-coming American Tejay van Garderen to find new teams for 2012.

The American squad has been one of pro cycling’s most successful since it was formed, winning 484 races, including 54 grand tour stages.

Stapleton said the team’s “success has been based on our outstanding people” and he was making the decision to disband the team now so that they could find teams in 2012.

I hate to see any team disband but especially a extremely successful, American team.

REI blog post

Today I got a blog posted on the REI blog.

It's called:

Can a Video Game Improve Your Outdoor Survival Skills?

I talk about the new Man vs. Wild video game.

Please check it out and let me know what you think!

A Wild Year in Banff National Park

This is an awesome video from Banff National Park in Canada.

12 months. Four seasons. One revolution of the sun.

That's how long Banff National Park's remote wildlife camera project has been going and to celebrate, we've assembled a year's worth of images from one single location into a short Wild Images video timelapse.

Have a look -- you'll be amazed by how much goes on. And it all happened a short two-and-a-half-hour stroll from the hustle and bustle of downtown Banff!

It goes to show how alive the woods are and, if you get into them, what you might be lucky enough to see!

Jake Gyllenhall on Man vs Wild

On Monday, July 11, 2011, actor Jake Gyllenhaal joins Bear on an adventure to Iceland.

I can't wait!