"Vancouver has really been living up to its 'Raincouver' title over the past two months. After days of non-stop rain, we saw a sliver of sunshine in the forecast and decided to head out to one of our favourite parks for sunrise, Golden Ears Provincial Park. This park is one of the most photogenic and beautiful natural settings in the Vancouver area, and while we'd visited it on many occasions, we had never stopped by Mike Lake. Luckily, we were greeted with perfect fall conditions: Golden light, morning mist, and fall foliage mixed with our traditional Pacific Northwest Evergreens." Photo: @vanexusphotography (IG) Mike Lake, BC | #TestedTough
"@beck_riley and I made a last minute decision to hike Colchuck in the morning but wanted to get there early for this reflection, so the only thing that made sense was to camp at the trail head. We set our alarms for 6 AM and went to bed. When we woke the next morning we realized we had snoozed through our alarms, but still were able to get great reflection pictures and make great memories."
"I took my friends on a road trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge over fall break. It was on my bucket list to catch the sunrise from the top of a mountain. As soon as it was light enough to see, we booked it up with our sleeping bags and stove in hand to make hot chocolate. This moment was the high point of our entire trip!"
'After a long day of hiking in high heat, Entwistle Photo and his friends cooled down in one of the many alpine swimming holes along the trail at Yellow Aster Bute in Washington State. This hike has some of the most stunning backdrops in the Pacific Northwest, wouldn't you agree?' See Entwistle Photo for more of this landscape.
"We've been on the road for over 100 days on our first round-the-world trip. It's moments like these that put everything into perspective! We're collecting memories, and watching the sky on fire over Lake Atitlan was something special." Photo: @thekiwicouple (IG) Lake Atitlan, Guatemala | #TestedTough
"This wasn't supposed to be a long hike, but my friends and I wanted to spot some wildlife. Well, we didn’t - and we ended up hiking for an hour and half more. In the end, we found this magical place. A small waterfall, but beautifully hidden by the trees and moss." Photo: @j.oseph_kim (IG) Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park | #TestedTough
"My best friends and I were on a roadtrip in search of the 'Mighty 5 National Parks' of Utah. Arches National Park was our fourth and we had no idea what to expect, given the fact that we were all from Alaska. As soon as we pulled into Park Avenue we got stoked and I had to snap some images.” Photo: @danielwongikim (IG) Arches National Park | #TestedTough
"Waterfalls are a perfect example of the notion that nothing ever happens the same way twice. Never will the water that has fallen from the rock face in one instant return for another attempt. In the same way, we can never relive a moment, which is why I find it best to live each day as fully as possible. In this moment, the falls told me 'do a flip,' so I sent it.”
"I got some friends together and made the drive down to Cape Kiwanda for the weekend. The weather was beautiful on our first day, so we climbed the sand dunes to catch the sunset along the cliffs. It was one of the best sunsets I’ve seen. There is so much to see and explore in this small area. We traversed the cliffs and dunes for as long as the daylight would allow, and I snapped this photo as the sun was about to set on the Pacific. It’s a moment I won’t soon forget.” Photo: @brendanmcd22 (IG) Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Coast | #TestedTough
“Living in this mountainous region has always made me happy. Since I was a child my mam took me and my siblings into the mountains. With my photos I want to show people that there is a world outside, far away from all the trouble and noise surrounding us every day. I want to inspire others to go out and see what there is. Go hiking or just sit next to a river and listen, you will feel the power of mother earth.” Photo: @romyaylin (IG) Maienfeld, Switzerland | #TestedTough
“I recently stumbled across this gem of a hike while exploring the Maritimes of Northeastern Canada. The Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park is the perfect place to step away from it all and take in some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.” Photo: @sethkhughes (IG) Cape Breton Highlands National Park | #TestedTough
“To think this trip nearly got canceled due to the ever changing weather of the Pacific Northwest makes us appreciate this view all that much more. With 21 miles out and back, Jade Lake takes more planing than most other Alpine Lakes Wilderness hikes.” Photo: @carl.argabright (IG) Jade Lake, Washington | #TestedTough
“I happened upon this beautiful winding trail on a hike in Vancouver. It reminded me of the old song by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Road Goes Ever On". Reminding me that although we don't always know the final destination, the journey is always worth the effort.” Photo: @robwoodcox (IG) Vancouver, British Columbia | #TestedTough
"Traveling to far off, beautiful, remote locations is amazing, but sometimes staying close to home can be just as rewarding. You just might have to get off the beaten path. Whether it's raining or shining, there's no bad days in the outdoors. The way I see it, there's only the improperly dressed. With fall and winter quickly approaching, follow along at @brandonhuttenlocher as I cram as much summer fun in before switching gears to winter adventures.”
"I first experienced the magic of Yosemite in 2005, and what I first felt for this place has never left me. My good friend @jo_loo accompanied me on this particular visit, and it was her first time exploring the park. Seeing her take in Yosemite for first time felt just as special as my first time, 10 years ago.”
"I set three different alarms just to be sure I was out on the balcony by 5 AM, so we could start our journey down Alaska’s Endicott Arm. It was stunning to see the morning light filter through the mountain valleys and the landscape slowly revealing itself to us as the ship made its way down the 30 or so miles of this fjord. I couldn't help but be awestruck by these rock formations, carved by ice over the ages. A pretty moving experience.”
"As fellow anglers would agree, there are special experiences that can only be made on the water. It relentlessly stormed and rained this day. Wet, exhausted, and hungry, we put the poles away and started the outboard. Suddenly the rain stopped, the wind died and the sky became illuminated in gold.”
"I'm a big fan of those moments no one is thinking about — where everyone's just ‘in it’. Here my friends were passing through on a Washington road trip , we camped out on a ridge line the night before and then dropped down into this epic spot on the Trinity River. We spent the whole day frolicking in the water, and when the sun started to get low we went our separate ways. I headed south and they continued north. It was a top notch weekend."
"Ever wonder what people do in the backcountry after camp is made and food is eaten? This. A whole lot of this. I was on the Grand Loop in the Rocky Mountains and snagged last minute permits the day we started the trail. I was treated to isolated campsites all along the Tonahutu River. After the hike up Flattop Mountain and across the tundra I just needed a good nap.”
"I really like the saying ‘If nothing is for sure, anything can happen.’ It fuels a lot of my adventures, including this unplanned trip to God's Thumb. When you get the motivation to go somewhere, you just have to go. No one looks back and thinks, "I wish I didn't hang out at the beach last night, that was a waste.”
"The Canadian Rockies was a bucket list trip for years, and we finally made it! 1000's of miles later wife Abbi Hearne Photography and boy dog Black & White Pup and I rolled into Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Blown away by the huge terrain, I felt it suiting that I experience this lake to its fullest... by doing a sketchy backflip off some driftwood! And yes, it was COLD!"