Three women in Columbia gear hike through a temperate rainforest. Link to "Offline" video.
“IT'S PERFECT, NOW
MAKE IT BETTER.”
This is the directive given by our very own
tough mother, Chairman Gert Boyle. It’s the
reason we test our products against every
type of no good, day-ruining condition the
skies of the mighty Pacific Northwest can
deliver. Sure, it makes life hell for us, but it
means great gear for you. So when Gert
bestows her famous stamp of approval,
you’re duly equipped to stay outside long
after the featherweights have gone.
GOING OFFLINE WITH SHE EXPLORES
Gale Straub wears a turquoise OutDry Featherweight Shell while recording the sound of tiny crabs scuttling on mussel beds.
“It’s so cool that three people can be looking at the same viewpoint and we all see something entirely different which leads to us creating something entirely different, be it a photograph, a painting, a meal.”
– Gale Straub
What happens when three creative women go offline for an outdoor adventure at the edge of civilization? That’s what photographer/podcaster Gale Straub, camp food blogger Megan McDuffie, and tiny-landscape painter Heidi Annalise hoped to discover when they came together to explore, connect, and create in the volatile conditions and rugged wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula.
Gale Straub photographs Megan McDuffie making dinner over a camp stove on a gray beach.
Gale Stroub takes photographs in the temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula.
“There is something about being out in an unfamiliar environment that just inherently breeds openness and is such a good catalyst for community and connection.” – Megan McDuffie
Gale (She Explores), Megan (Fresh Off the Grid), and Heidi (Heidi Annalise Art) are each well-known in online and social media circles for their curation and creation of outdoors-inspired artistry. But this trip was a welcome chance to unplug together on a three-day hike through wet rainforest, steep coastal headlands, and foggy beaches.
Close-up of a salmon and mushroom dish cooking on a campstove.
Megan McDuffie starts a campfire on the beach while wearing a gray OutDry Ex Eco Jacket.
Megan McDuffie, Gale Straub, and Heidi Annalise sit on driftwood painting the rocky coastal landscape in front of them.
Heidi Annalise sits on a rocky coastal ridge painting while wearing a purple and gray OutDry Explorer Hybrid Jacket.
“When you’re trying to roll with the punches outside and don’t allow yourself the time to second-guess, I always feel like I become a slightly better painter for it.” – Heidi Annalise
Despite ever-changing conditions, the women found inspiration around every corner. Gale recorded the sound of tiny crabs scuttling over mussel beds. Megan created a mouthwatering salmon dish over a camp stove. Heidi captured the awe-inspiring landscape on a miniature canvas. “Backpacking with two other creative women who I admire but I have never met before,” Gale said, “is one of those moments you want to capture and hold forever.”
Close-up of a miniature coastal landscape painted by Heidi Annalise.
Megan McDuffie, Gale Straub, and Heidi Annalise sit on driftwood painting the rocky coastal landscape in front of them.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN

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SIDEWALK TO SUMMIT IN TOKYO
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