STEVE HEMP

Social and Digital at K2, Freelancer, and Adventurer.
Aug 25
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Photos: Jasper Newton

Red Bull Soapbox… 

In my short stint at K2, I’ve been presented with some pretty fun opportunities. One of which was this Sunday. Every year, Red Bull Energy Drink picks one city around the globe to host an “adult” soapbox race. This year that city was Seattle. Over 45,000 people showed up to the event and watched as 36 teams battled it out for soapbox supremacy. 

Rewind to earlier this summer. K2 hosted a social media contest that gave our fans/followers an opportunity to design and drive the soapbox. The winner was Andy Harris. After notifying Andy that he won, we flew him out from Wisconsin to party for the weekend and drive our soapbox to victory.

Alyssa, Dan, and I also participated. Each car had a “pit crew” and was required to do a 30 second skit before pushing their car down Yesler, a major city street in the heart of downtown. While we won’t be winning any awards for our routine, our combo of one choreographed dance routine and on stage shot-ski crushed it. 

I am also proud to say that our “Winter-bago” crossed the finish line and we placed top 10 overall. Go Team K2! 

Aug 23
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Sammamish Tri…
About a month ago my Dad called to inform me that him and his buddy Craig would be coming out to Seattle to do a Triathlon. What I didn’t know at the time is that he also signed me up. 
Fast forward to this past weekend and I was swimming, biking, and running. Overall the day was fantastic. These events are a blast, and even better when you get to do them with your family and friends. Kait even ran the run leg for my dad (she crushed it). 
Overall, I felt great and came in at a respectable time. The event was fantastic and now that I have a slick tri suit (yet another K2 perk) I may even consider entering a few more. 

Sammamish Tri…

About a month ago my Dad called to inform me that him and his buddy Craig would be coming out to Seattle to do a Triathlon. What I didn’t know at the time is that he also signed me up. 

Fast forward to this past weekend and I was swimming, biking, and running. Overall the day was fantastic. These events are a blast, and even better when you get to do them with your family and friends. Kait even ran the run leg for my dad (she crushed it). 

Overall, I felt great and came in at a respectable time. The event was fantastic and now that I have a slick tri suit (yet another K2 perk) I may even consider entering a few more. 

Aug 11
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Marmot Pass, Olympic National Forest…

This past weekend Kait and I joined, Zach, Max, Anna, and Hannah on an adventure in the Olympic Mountains. We left Friday after work and stayed 2 nights in the Olympic National Forest.

Using the Upper Big Quilcene trail, we arrived at Marmot Pass. The pass is located on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountains. Our campsite was UNREAL and offered up views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics. 

It’s tough for photos to do this weekend justice, but Zach did a pretty amazing job. Enjoy the photos above. 

Aug 05
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River Rats…
This past weekend Kait and I headed to Levenworth, WA. Modeled after a Bavarian Village the town is a bit quirky, awfully decorated, and home to the world nutcracker museum. However, it sits in the heart of the North Cascades and is home to the Wenatachee river.  
The river runs right through the town and is prime for rafting, tubing, and stand-up paddle boarding. It also happens that Ben and Clara, friends from Tahoe, relocated to Levenworth last winter so Ben could work at Stevens Pass Ski Resort. In the summer Clara runs the Levenworth Outdoor Center, which worked out great for Kait and I haha. Clara hooked us up all weekend with tubes, early morning SUP tours, and more. 
Another amazing Washington adventure in the books! Party on.  

River Rats…

This past weekend Kait and I headed to Levenworth, WA. Modeled after a Bavarian Village the town is a bit quirky, awfully decorated, and home to the world nutcracker museum. However, it sits in the heart of the North Cascades and is home to the Wenatachee river.  

The river runs right through the town and is prime for rafting, tubing, and stand-up paddle boarding. It also happens that Ben and Clara, friends from Tahoe, relocated to Levenworth last winter so Ben could work at Stevens Pass Ski Resort. In the summer Clara runs the Levenworth Outdoor Center, which worked out great for Kait and I haha. Clara hooked us up all weekend with tubes, early morning SUP tours, and more. 

Another amazing Washington adventure in the books! Party on.  

Jul 31
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Seafair… 
Seafair has descended upon Seattle! Seafair is a summer festival that encompasses a wide variety of activities including boat races, runs, and the US Navy Blue Angles.
While I won’t be attending the festival, the past two days the Blue Angels have been practicing right above our offices. K2 is located in SODO which is right by the Boing airfield where the jets are taking off and landing. So it only seemed logical that we climbed on the roof and hung out for the day haha. Super fun to watch them fly overhead only 30 ft above our offices. 
Zach snapped the photo above while on the roof. Money shot for sure! 

Seafair… 

Seafair has descended upon Seattle! Seafair is a summer festival that encompasses a wide variety of activities including boat races, runs, and the US Navy Blue Angles.

While I won’t be attending the festival, the past two days the Blue Angels have been practicing right above our offices. K2 is located in SODO which is right by the Boing airfield where the jets are taking off and landing. So it only seemed logical that we climbed on the roof and hung out for the day haha. Super fun to watch them fly overhead only 30 ft above our offices. 

Zach snapped the photo above while on the roof. Money shot for sure! 

Jul 21
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Olympic Peninsula… 

The Olympic Peninsula sits directly west of Seattle over the Puget Sound, and ever since Kait arrived she’s talked about going over there. After a few hours of “research” and twenty minutes of packing we loaded up the car on Thursday night and left directly from work on Friday. Our destination, Neah Bay. 

To get to the Olympic Peninsula you must take a Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge and then drive from there. Turns out, a lot of people take the ferry so we missed the 3 o’clock ferry and were forced to wait until 5. Once you cross the sound it’s still a solid 3.5 hour drive. Neah Bay is the northwestern most point in the continuous USA and sits on the very tip of Washington. The drive to Neah was breathtaking. Driving at sunset was unreal. However, as we got closer the sky got darker, both literally and figuratively. 

About 15 miles outside Neah Bay it started to drizzle, as we entered Neah Bay it was a straight downpour. Not ideal for setting up camp ha. With a positive attitude and the prospect of good surf in the morning we shrugged off the conditions and hit the hay. 

Conditions the next day weren’t any better, they were much worse. The rain and winds had picked up, the swell was inconsistent, small, and getting tattered by on-shore winds. Discouraged, soaking wet, and cold, we headed into town for breakfast where we decided to head for dry ground and a hike. 

The results of this decision were awesome! We had an awesome day in the Olympics and hiked to Deer Lake. It was incredible! After the hike we hung at the Sol Duc Hot Springs and decided to camp out at Lake Crescent. 

Luckily, we got the last camping site and it happened to be overlooking the lake. After setting up camp, Kait made an amazing dinner, we walked around the lake a bit and enjoyed being dry next to a warm fire ha. 

The Olympic Peninsula is incredible. Surfing, hiking, camping, etc. it literally has something to offer everyone. We can’t wait to go back, catch some waves, and hopefully stay dry.

Jul 15
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Greenlake Nights… 
If there was a “Seattle picnic circuit”, Kait and I would be pro status. Recently, we’ve been exploring the city and spending a lot of time picnicking at many of the city’s amazing parks. Greenlake is an amazing area and offers great sunsets as well. Photographic evidence above. 

Greenlake Nights… 

If there was a “Seattle picnic circuit”, Kait and I would be pro status. Recently, we’ve been exploring the city and spending a lot of time picnicking at many of the city’s amazing parks. Greenlake is an amazing area and offers great sunsets as well. Photographic evidence above. 

Jul 13
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Vashon Mischief… 

The other day at work, MJ and some co-workers suggested we go on a lil spin around Vashon. Vashon is small island across the sound from Seattle. The island is home to only a few thousand people and the largest island in the Puget Sound. It’s also extremely green and beautiful. 

The ride was all-time. After a short 15 min ferry ride, we pedaled off the boat and onto the island. The roads on Vashon are practically empty, which gave us 40 miles of riding w/ no cars. A nice change after riding in Seattle. Overall, the ride was a blast. I can’t wait to go back and pedal again. 

Jul 05
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Amurica Adventures… 

This past weekend there were a lot of things to celebrate. America, adventures, and the fact that Kait is now an official “Seattleite”.

On Friday we packed up the car, picked up Tim and McKendree and headed to Portland, OR to meet up with Calvin, Jordan, and our hosts Sam and Annika. From there the adventures never stopped and included the following…

- Lake Oswego Activities: Boating, Paddle boarding, bridge climbing, dock games, tubing, etc.

- BBQ(s); Every meal included something that came off the grill, but seriously. 

- Fireworks: Of course 

- Floating the Sandy River: What an experience. My floatation device of choice wasn’t the wisest, but it did the job and got me down the river. The views along the float were breathtaking. #cheeksup

- Cheeks Up 2014 Olympics: Sunday we had a “friendly” competition that included multiple events, teams, beverages, and good times. 

- ATV’s: Nothing like racing ATV’s around a tree farm. Good times. (ps. Kait rips on an ATV, watch out). 

- St. Paul Rodeo: This rodeo is a true slice of “Americana”. BBQ, Funnel Cake, Ice Cream, Beer, and Bulls. 

- Friends: Thanks so much to everyone who made this weekend so amazing. HUGE thanks to Sam and Annika for putting it all together and being such gracious hosts throughout the weekend. 

… Overall, the 4th was a HUGE success. Pumped on summer, and pumped on the adventures ahead! 

Jun 30
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AK in SEA… 

This past week my best amigo, AK, was in town. I was able to get AK a fun project at K2 so he flew in for the week to do some filming. We also had a ridiculous amount of fun and ate incredibly to much food. Being new in a city, it’s always nice to have familiar faces visit. It gave me a great excuse to be a “tourist” as well. Big thanks to AK for coming out. Stay tuned for more about the “work”/project we were doing.