Front Porch: Evening beach walk planned in Edmonds

Evening beach walk

Take a walk along under the stars along the beach in Edmonds this week.

The Edmonds Discovery Programs and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers are organizing the walk from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday. Meet at the Olympic Beach Visitor Station, 200 Admiral Way, Edmonds.

Bring a flashlight, and dress for the wintry weather. People on the tour will get a chance to explore the beach as the tide goes out, and then return to the visitor station for hot beverages.

This event is free and appropriate for all ages.

Elite alpinist to speak: Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill plans to tell her story of climbing and skiing in the world’s most extreme conditions at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Performing Arts Center at Stanwood High School.

In 2012, she climbed Everest and Lhotse, two of the world’s largest mountains, within 24 hours in a climb sponsored by North Face and National Geographic.

In doing so, she joined an elite group of alpinists who linked two 8,000-meter peaks in a single push and became the sole woman to accomplish the feat.

Named by Outside Magazine as one of the most adventurous women in sports, O’Neill grew up in north Seattle and learned to ski at Stevens Pass. She lives with her family in Telluride, Colo.

Admission is $15 or $7 for students with associated student body cards. All proceeds benefit Stanwood High School athletes.

Advance tickets are available at the Stanwood and Camano Island Branches of Coastal Community Bank or may be purchased at the door.

For more info, call Karla Jacks at 425-345-5106 or join the facebook event “The Road Not Taken … A Story of Human Endurance.”

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