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Outdoor writers’ suggestions for holiday gifts

What should you get for the person who spends all of their time outside? For the answer to that question, a group of outdoors writers… Continue reading

Low snow delays opening of Rainier snow play area

Mount Rainier National Park staff are getting ready for the holiday season at the park. Beginning Saturday, the road from Longmire to Paradise will be… Continue reading

N. Cascades Institute gift certificates on sale

I’m a big fan of the North Cascades Institute. I could go on and on about how they offer a vital service educating people about… Continue reading

Learn about bald eagles with programs on Skagit River

It’s time to head over to the Skagit River to see one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.… Continue reading

Float the Sauk in winter to see wildlife on remote river

“So, the safety talk. First off, stay out of the water. It’s cold,” Brian Pernick told us. We laughed. Behind Pernick, chunks of ice swirled… Continue reading

Visit Mountain Loop for an easy trip or an adventure

If you’re looking for a winter adventure, you can still drive the entire Mountain Loop Highway. The road hasn’t been closed yet for the season.… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Happy penguin and hot drinks

Happy weekend! Here are a few things to make your weekend just a little merrier. First up, that penguin up there? He is the world’s… Continue reading

Find Middle Earth on a Washington hike

The Washington Trails Association has a fantastic post in honor of the opening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” They’ve put together seven hikes… Continue reading

Fifth-graders ski free at Stevens Pass all season

Fifth-grade students can get a free season pass to ski or snowboard at Stevens Pass. The pass is good for the 2013-14 season. The students… Continue reading

Solo hiker finds awe and ecstasy on Pacific Crest Trail

Solo hiker finds awe and ecstasy on Pacific Crest Trail

I was standing, half exhilarated and half terrified, on a ridge known as The Knife. Ahead of me, the trail followed the ridge, occasionally veering… Continue reading

Solo hiker finds awe and ecstasy on Pacific Crest Trail

Outdoor activities in Snohomish County and nearby areas

Birds: The Puget Sound Bird Fest is Sept. 9 to 11 in Edmonds. The event includes speakers, guided walks, field trips, education activities for adults… Continue reading

Burn ban issued for Washington state parks, forests

A burn ban has been issued for all state lands through Sept. 30. All outdoor burning is prohibited, including campfires and charcoal barbecues,… Continue reading

Whale watchers see orca, humpback skirmish off Vancouver Island

Whale watchers see orca, humpback skirmish off Vancouver Island

Some whale watching boats were treated to a rare spectacle in the Salish Sea when transient killer whales were observed attacking humpback whales Sunday. The… Continue reading

Whale watchers see orca, humpback skirmish off Vancouver Island

Snow’s coming; find a guided snowshoe trip

Thanks to some colder, wetter weather, the mountains are finally seeing some snow. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has updated its dates and times for… Continue reading

Go snowshoeing for charity Saturday at Stevens Pass

Tubbs Romp to Stomp, a snowshoeing event, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stevens Pass Nordic Center. The event will raise money… Continue reading

Giveaway: ‘Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington’

When Kate Rogers, editor in chief for Mountaineers books, held up a copy of “Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Washington,” many in the crowd wolf-whistled.… Continue reading

Apply now for youth adventures in North Cascades

The North Cascades Institute is accepting applications for its Youth Leadership Adventures for this summer. Teens from 14-18 can apply for the summer trips. On… Continue reading

Skiing and shooting: It’s not just for Olympians

an event I watch while holding my breath because I expect someone to die at… Continue reading

Outdoors events: Moonlight beach walk, expo, bikes and more

Weather: Learn about weather in the mountains at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mountaineers Seattle program center. Dennis D’Amico, an avalanche meteorologist with the… Continue reading

Show us your best shots for winter photo contest

It finally feels like winter around here. After months of scanty snow, the mountains have been making up for lost time. That reminded us that… Continue reading