Growing Up With A Park Ranger


by Tyler Goodwin

Most people growing up in Alaska have great stories with their parents from their childhood that greatly influenced how they interact with the outdoors nowadays. I am no different. My father was a park ranger in the Alaska State parks for the majority of my life and as a family we went on countless adventures. The earliest and most impactful experience in the outdoors that I can remember is floating the Sheenjek River in our family raft with my dad on the oars. We saw a wolverine at the top of a tree and dealt with the biggest mosquitoes known to planet earth. We were on the river for what seemed like weeks which was challenging for me, being so young, but I took away a lot from it. I learned that no matter what adversity one encounters, one can overcome almost any challenges in the outdoors. From that trip my confidence being outside made a significant leap which has followed me on every trip I’ve done. The fact that my dad never coddled me as a child and threw me head first into every trip was a great way to grow up in Alaska and develop my skills in the outdoors.

My father was also a huge influence in introducing me to skiing. The first memory I have is from when I could barely walk; we went on a family trip to Thompson Pass in Alaska. I was put on skis while we were watching the snowboarders roaring past. Skiing has developed into one of my greatest passions as an adult and some of the greatest times in my life have been skiing at Alyeska as well as several trips we made to Lake Tahoe and the Alta Ski Area in Utah, all with my dad. Without my father’s positive influence on me in the outdoors I wouldn’t have had all of the fantastic trip experiences I did and wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Love you Dad

Growing Up With A Park Ranger

Outdoors with my Dad

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By Jaime Cary
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

Growing up, I always loved the outdoors, but I doubt they would be as big a part of my life without my Dad. My father taught me to ski before I could run. I have vivid memories of flying down mountain slopes in his backpack, laughing the whole way down; my nose poking out from under my hat, mittens so fluffy I couldn’t make a fist. For birthdays he would take me hiking, or we would blow up the big raft my parents bought when I was three and float the river. He was always pushing me to ski harder stuff or offering me advice on lines to take in the water. If I had good grades, I was allowed to play hookie on a big powder day.

I was routinely taken out of school for river trips, starting with a Gates of Ladore trip when I was eleven. I was taken out of school during the week of finals and whisked off to Utah and Colorado, where I was taught how to swim rapids and shoo Mormon crickets off the lunch table. As we drifted down stream and my Dad named off the rock layers, I knew that I would never get this feeling out of my system.

Many ski turns and river miles later, I still find myself most at home in the outdoors. The lessons my Dad taught me have come to be the most valuable, and I cherish the adventures that we go on. Thank you Dad. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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Outdoors with my Dad

Layering Advice for Summer Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding from Expert Staffer Heather

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Heather started paddling at age 7 in her home state of Maine.  After college, she got serious about kayaking and became a Registered Maine State Guide and let commercial tours.  When she moved to Washington, she brought her passion and experience with her.  Here are her must-have summer layers and accessories for kayak and SUP.

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
Protect your head from a downpour with the ultimate in waterproof protection.  Or, enjoy the brushed lining that wicks perspiration away from your skin.

Smith Guides Choice Sunglasses
With ChromaPop lenses and an aggressive wrap for superior light protection, these shades are ready for all the sun you can get this summer.

Marmot Intensity Tank
Grab this lightweight racerback tank top for intense paddle sessions.  This tank is engineered to quickly wick moisture, dry fast and maximize airflow.

Designed for female paddlers of all skill levels, this PFD is built with environmentally friendly materials and optimized for comfort, strength and safety.

Travelon Cell Phone Case
Protect your digital camera or smartphone from water.  This pouch is submersible to 65 feet and has a foam insert that allows it to float.

Dakine Insider Boardies
These lightweight board shorts will dry fast if you get splashed or fall in the water and are stylish enough for a full day on or off the water.

Astral Rosa Sandals
Reduce foot slippage with the ultimate flip-flop.  Sticky rubber on the outsole and footbed make this the ideal footwear for paddling, swimming or hiking.

SEAL LINE Blocker Dry Sack
Organize and protect your extra clothing, water and snacks in this strong, fully welded seam construction dry sack.

Immersion Research Zephyr Jacket
This light and breathable all-around paddle jacket is fully seam sealed.  It is versatile enough to wear kayak fishing or for a hard SUP workout in chilly weather.

Outdoor Research Palisade Pants
Have these waterproof and fully seam taped pants in your dry bag in case the weather turns bad or the wind picks up.

Platypus SoftBottle / Snack
This flexible, green designed bottle is a great source for hydration out on the water.  Finally, don’t forget to pack your favorite snack.

Layering Advice for Summer Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding from Expert Staffer Heather

Stay Warm No Matter What

By Hannah Letinich
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

Maintaining warmth and comfort on the mountain is key to enjoying a full day at your favorite resort. We are passionate about the technical details of the products we sell. From ventilation, materials and construction we have some toasty recommendations below to keep you warm when the next cold front comes through the Northwest.

SMITH Vantage Helmet
Has vents that can be closed for maximum warmth. Choose to close them halfway (pictured above) or all the way on the coldest days.

ROXY Wilder GORE-TEX Jacket
Comes with a Biotherm fleece neck gaiter for warmth. It is infused with a high performance complex to keep skin moisturized in all weather conditions.

HESTRA Women’s Heli Gloves
Are constructed with 109 individual pieces for dexterity, durability and warmth. Leather palms keep heat in and the fleece liner dries fast so you can ski every day from open to close.

QUIKSILVER Porter Youth Pants
Have fleece insulation in the seat for extra warmth when riding the bunny slopes or resting in the snow.

SCARPA Freedom SL 120 Boots
Have Intuition liners, which are proven in the coldest mountaineering environments. Using the same cold weather technology designed for advanced mountaineering boots.

ROSSIGNOL Pure Elite 80 Boots
Have Merino Wool liners for high thermal comfort in the coldest conditions. Wool keeps feet warm even when wet, and provides odor control, breath-ability and a buttery soft feel.