38 episodes

Hosts Jamie Hale and Jim Ryan take you to some of the greatest destinations in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Peak Northwest The Oregonian/OregonLive

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7, 34 Ratings

Hosts Jamie Hale and Jim Ryan take you to some of the greatest destinations in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

    Backpacking 101

    Backpacking 101

    While the rewards of backpacking abound, it can be difficult to get started — and plan your first trips. This week on the Peak Northwest podcast, we cover some backpacking basics and provide recommendations for hikers seeking a night or two in the backcountry.


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    • 40 min
    How to take better pictures in nature

    How to take better pictures in nature

    The Pacific Northwest is home to plenty of awesome scenes of natural beauty, but capturing that moment in an awesome photo requires a little more effort. Here are some tips, tricks and tools of the trade to help you take better pictures outside. You don't need anything more than your phone.


    Check out Jim’s great photo from a recent climb up Three Fingered Jack.


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    • 38 min
    Camping 101

    Camping 101

    This episode of the Peak Northwest podcast is all about planning and packing for your next overnight outdoor excursion. We've got tips for beginners and experienced campers alike.


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    • 30 min
    Get back in hiking shape after a spring inside

    Get back in hiking shape after a spring inside

    After months of sticking close to home, hikers in the Pacific Northwest are finally getting back out on the trail. But for those of us who have become a little out shape during the pandemic, as well as those who may be getting into hiking shape for the first time, those first couple hikes can be a struggle. On this week’s episode of the Peak Northwest podcast, we’ve offered up 10 tips for feeling better on the trail, from what you eat to how you breathe.


    Check our updated list of what outdoor spaces have reopened and what’s still closed before going out.


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    • 34 min
    Where to escape the crowds at popular outdoor areas in Oregon

    Where to escape the crowds at popular outdoor areas in Oregon

    It can be hard to escape crowds in a normal year, let alone a time when more people than ever are sticking close to home and in search of an escape into nature. One way to beat the crowds is to skip the popular areas and head to some lesser-known hiking trails and other natural areas. On this week’s episode of the Peak Northwest podcast, we offer up a dozen lesser-known spots at three of Oregon’s most popular recreation areas: the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and the Oregon coast.
     
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    • 41 min
    How to spice up your camp cooking

    How to spice up your camp cooking

    It’s high time to dial in your camp cooking setup. We aren’t exactly experts in this department. So we enlisted the help of Samantha Bakall, a freelance food, diversity and travel writer who’s long honed the art of whipping up a delicious camp meal.


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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Get it on! ,

Informative and calming

A truly great podcast. Very informative on anything outdoors in the NW (mostly Oregon). The hosts are engaging while still remaining calm and friendly. Great to listen to before bed or while relaxing.

alexdavisamd ,

Elliot Njus sent me here

I have enjoyed the Peak Northwest video series for a while but never knew about the podcast. Now I’m all in on the podcast and loving the rainy day hike ideas. Great podcast! Keep it up.

If I could make a request it would be a spring fishing and salmon episode.

KT3896 ,

Like it but a few ideas

Overall, I enjoy the topics covered in this pod and have learned some interesting things. From a trip planning perspective, I would love more detailed info - for example, when they discussed the Alvord desert: how many days do you need there? What do you actually do there (specific hikes/when to soak/do you just sit around and stare at desert)? Any thing they wish they had done differently? Where else can you go in the vicinity if you have a whole week, for example? I wonder if they could self impose more structure like categories for each topic where they could rate/discuss different aspects of a place (like scenery, solitude, range of activities, access, the drive, places to stopover on the way...etc). Obv this would not work for all episodes but maybe when they “review” a destination they could include this kind of detail that would be useful in planning your own trip.

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