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Outdoor events: Learn from adventurers, then go outside

Family adventurers: Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, will present a free multimedia presentation, with videos, photos and bits from Erin’s new book at 7… Continue reading

Lord Hill park: Wander forest without going far

great for hiking, running, biking or horseback… Continue reading

Bad year for yellow jackets on the trails

Have you seen more yellow jackets than usual this year? Many hikers are reporting more than usual of the sometimes-aggressive wasps. The Department of Natural… Continue reading

Images from the early days of Mountaineers

I have quite a soft spot for The Mountaineers. I completed their scrambling course this year, and I learned a ton. So, naturally, I’m fascinated… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Rainier doodles, safety, a contest

In which I round up random, cool or weird stuff I’ve seen around the web recently. Mountain Journal: I adore this photo gallery from Mount… Continue reading

Interesting weather at Minotaur Lake, Labyrinth Mtn.

A few weeks ago, I hiked up to Minotaur Lake. It’s a short, steep hike. I loved the view so much, I’m hoping to scramble… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Fly like an eagle

It looks like this weekend is going to be a little wet. If it’s putting a cramp in your outdoor plans, maybe these videos and… Continue reading

Meet the Mountaineers, get used gear Monday

and it’s a lot — you should check out an event… Continue reading

Campfire bans lifted across state

The Department of Natural Resources has lifted its statewide burn ban, thanks to recent rain and lower temperatures. That means you can now have campfires… Continue reading

Tell Forest Service what roads you use

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of meetings to get input on what roads should be maintained. The forest has about 2,500… Continue reading

Family-friendly hike and scavenger hunt

and yourself — outside for a nature hike and scavenger hunt on Oct. 5. Hike &Seek is a mile or two… Continue reading

New trail opens at Stevens Pass Bike Area

Stevens Pass recently opened up a new trail at its bike park. The trail is called P.B.R. (Powered By Rudolph) and was named for the… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Stunning photos, N. Cascades tour

Have you heard the weather forecast? I heard something about dogs and cats. If your outdoor pursuits sound too soggy for your tastes, how about… Continue reading

6 hikes for brilliant fall colors

That last bits of summer are fading slowly away. The sun is lower in the sky and the leaves are starting to turn. This time… Continue reading

Find out where fall colors are best right now

Every year, I dread the arrival of fall. Hiking and camping are my favorite activities, and they are undoubtedly best in the glorious days of… Continue reading

Snow’s falling at Stevens — time to get excited for skiing

After a rather stormy weekend, things are starting to look nice and white up at Stevens Pass. If you’re a skiier or snowboarder, it’s hard… Continue reading

Turn N’ Berm at Stevens delayed by weather

An event at the Stevens Pass Bike Park has been delayed by a particularly nasty weather forecast. It was planned for this weekend but will… Continue reading

State parks, federal lands will be free Saturday

Saturday is National Public Lands Day. If you’d like to get outside, it’s a good day to do it for free. State parks will be… Continue reading

Hike to 10,000 feet the easy way

We had two choices to start our recent backpack trip in the Tetons. We could walk up a service road, gaining 4,139 feet over more… Continue reading

Outdoor-oriented books to read before summer ends

I came across a great post on The Clymb awhile back: “6 books that will change your summer.” (I know, know summer is nearly over.… Continue reading