fbpx

Outdoors and Fitness

Home/Outdoors and Fitness

Injury Prevention on the Water

With Memorial Day having passed we are now getting into the period where more and more of us will be taking to the water here in Western Washington. This presents many opportunities for fun and recreation, but it also has some unique risks. Drowning and near drowning (non-fatal submersion injury) is far more common than we think. The CDC states that on average there were 3,536 fatal unintentional drowning incidents per year that were not related to boating between 2005 and 2014. There were an average of 332 additional deaths per year from drowning related to boating during that same period. There are even more people who suffered non-fatal submersion injuries which can have debilitating, life altering effects. There are many aspects to staying safe in and around the water. A few good starting points are to have a buddy with you, make sure children are supervised, and have the ability to rescue those in need (e.g. skills and floatation devices). There are many safety considerations around natural water sources. At a minimum, have a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) available. In situations where someone cannot touch the bottom of the water they are in and keep their head [...]

2019-06-11T17:49:55+00:00June 10th, 2019|Outdoors and Fitness|

3 Winter Hikes in Washington You Don’t Want to Miss

If cabin fever has you feeling trapped this winter, there’s an easy solution - take up winter hiking! You may think that this sounds ridiculous, but it is a tried and true hobby in Washington, where snow can cover the landscape for months at a time. There are many trails that are open nearly year-round, and we’ve cherry picks the best ones for winter hikes for you! Snow Mountain Ranch Snow Mountain Ranch is located in central Washington near Yakima. This 9.2 mile round-trip hike has great mountain views and a stunning variety of wildlife to meet while you hike. It’s also dog friendly, as long as they’re on a leash, and an easy enough hike for kids to come along with you if they’re so inclined. This 1800 acre property was formerly a cattle ranch owned by Elon and Joan Gilbert, and the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is working to reinvigorate the native plants and animals in the park. You can see a variety of ducks, great horned owls, red tailed hawks and elk that you are able to feed at the top of the mountain. The trail doesn’t require snowshoes, but it could come in handy if the trails are icy. [...]

2019-05-10T16:03:45+00:00October 24th, 2018|Outdoors and Fitness|