Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite Rain Gear (Review)

I have been using Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite Rain Gear now for several hiking seasons.  Choosing over other costly competitors for its weight and water repellency, and of course the price point. I can easily roughly fold it up and quickly shove it in my backpack.  Then pull it out in a timely manner when it starts to rain.

Disclaimer: Barefoot Jake purchased this rain protection with his own money, to replace old lightweight rain gear. He was under no obligation to write this article. Contains ads in the form of affiliate links.

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Frogg Toggs Rain Gear in Olympic National Park

iPhone Cases of Olympic National Park

Do you love Olympic National Park? Most people these days have an iPhone or some kind of smartphone device. Now you can carry a little bit of the beautiful Olympic Mountains everywhere you go!

All funds collected go to help pay for my very expensive photography equipment, which I am still in the negative. Then you get to carry a piece of my art in your pocket. It's a win-win!

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Olympic National Park iPhone Cases

Northern Mountain Loop (Off Trail)

Having 6 days to burn, the goal was to do a loop hike in the northern part of the Park.  Secondly, I wanted to stay off trail as much as possible, to avoid other hikers.  Solitude is the best way to experience wilderness in my option. I call this backcountry route the Northern Mountain Loop.

We would need a good weather window in order to make this trip happen. There is sections where map and compass, even GPS will not do.  A mountain traveler must read the land and follow game tracks, in order to complete this strenuous journey.  Being in thick clouds would hinder the success of our adventure.

Disclaimer: The directions to this full route is not listed in any guidebook. Extensive land navigation and traversing of very steep terrain is required. Do not go off trail, if you are not prepared to turn around and make it back to the point of entry. 

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Looking ahead at our route

Hiking Rules for the Internet (Social Media)

Leave No Trace Principles are seven rules used to educate hikers on their impact on nature. Less is definitely more.

In 2016 the National Park system is breaking records for visitation. This is a good thing to encourage others to get outdoors. Unfortunately, people at these numbers are taking a toll on the landscape. It's come to the point where I will not even visit most places featured by an article in the spring and summer months.

To lessen the strain on our Olympic Mountains, it's very important that we do not give out too much information about these fragile environments. Would you send out a letter to 20,000 people letting them know an exact location to camp at your favorite lake? I think not! but, that is what you are doing when you put out such details online. To make things worse, some of the time, it's for a private monetary purpose.


LNT Rules for the Internet (Social Media and Websites)

  • Never publish GPS data (including maps)

  • Don't publicly share names of accessible locations

  • Stop talking about the same location repeatedly

  • Maintain a safe distance from wild animals

  • Refer a new hiker to a guide book

Following these rules will severely make a difference on the high impacted areas. Some of which, will take decades to recover from. Let us make a difference now, before your favorite hike or campsite is a reservation or quota system.

Article by Barefoot Jake