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Cliff McCrath's Northwest Soccer Camp
15600 Ne 8Th St. Suite 647
Bellevue, WA
 
OSA Soccer Academy LLC
83 Columbia Street #306
Seattle, WA
 
Sports Authority
(425) 456-0600
Lakeside Holdings, 44 Bellevue Way Northeast
Bellevue, WA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Outdoor Adventure Center
(425) 883-9039
15143 NE 90th St.
Redmond, WA
 
AquaSports Paddle Center
(425) 869-7067
7907 159th Pl NE
Redmond, WA
 
Washington Soccer School
(206) 547-6866
University of Washington Athletic Facilities
Seattle, WA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(425) 255-3070
The Landing
Renton, WA
 
Sports Authority
(425) 747-6112
Crossroads Mall, 15600 N.E. 8th Street
Bellevue, WA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Redmond Town Center REI Store
(425) 882-1158
7500 166th Ave NE
Redmond, WA
 
Seattle Raft & Kayak
(206) 528-1700
7777 62nd Ave NE, Bldg 11
Seattle, WA
 

Make Glassing More Comfortable

As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.

In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.

Carry your soft spot with you!

In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad. Not only do I carry the self inflating pad but I also carry a chair that the mattress folds and fits in to. That eases the pressure on my back when I'm sitting and glassing. It resembles a camp chair or stadium chair that lots of campers use instead of sitting directly on the ground. I have found that this little addition of weight to my load allows me to sit and glass longer and keeps me from tiring as fast. That allows me to hunt longer and harder which just might make the difference between putting game in the freezer or eating tag soup.

As I talk with plenty of other hunters I am amazed at the number of hunters that have never tried this soft spot tactic or even try to sit on a piece of old rug. The chair feature allows one to relieve pressure on their back. That reduces fatigue, which in turn reduces aches and pains. When the idea struck me it was like an epiphany and I'm only sorry that I hadn't thought of it before.

I was lucky in that I had the pad and chair from my b...

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