Word Whirler


Tami Asars is a writer focused on outdoor recreation and nature photographer, living in the Cascade foothills of Washington State with her husband, Vilnis and her rough collie, Scout. She is the author of Hiking the Wonderland Trail (Mountaineers Books), Day Hiking Mount Adams and Goat Rocks (Mountaineers Books), Hiking the PCT: Washington (Mountaineers Books), and the upcoming (June 2018) book, Day Hiking Mount Rainier (Mountaineers Books). She also is a contributor and columnist for Washington Trails Magazine, as well as a host of other outdoor publications and online hiking resources. 

Happy Snapper

She is almost as passionate about nature photography as she is about hiking and her photos have appeared in a variety of periodicals including City Dog, Washington Trails, Washington Magazine and for the City of North Bend’s branding campaign. To view her work, please visit the photography page on this web site.

Wilderness Wanderer

As an employee of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) she taught classes for nearly nine years about outdoor pursuits like the where-to’s and how-to’s of backpacking, hiking, and long-distance trails. She has also served as a professional guide, teaching and showing people of all skill levels the wonders of backpacking in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not in her office tapping away on her keyboard, you can find her on one of the many trails in Washington State from the rugged coastline to the dense green forests of the Cascade Range, where she’s explored almost every nook and cranny. For more information or inquires, please email,