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The Ptarmigan Traverse Extended Trek

“We were wanderers from the beginning.” Thus Carl Sagan begins his book Pale Blue Dot. How true for many of my friends and I, thus the lure of long wilderness treks in beautiful high country is hard to resist. Nature wanderers moving to NCW soon hear of the Ptarmigan Traverse......

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Backcountry Film Festival

Repost: This article was run a month ago, but it's back on top of the queue as a reminder that the Backcountry Film Fest is coming up this Thursday. Enjoy the cream of this winter's film crop and the region's best raffle of outdoor gear.


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Along a Wild Coast

This is an interesting story about a family’s experience hiking Washington’s Olympic Coast that is excerpted from Michael Lanza’s book, Before They're Gone. Now that the blazing temperatures of summer are upon us in Central Washington, a trip to the Olympic Coast is a great way to get outdoors without the fry factor.
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Rogers Pass Skiing

Over the last twenty years, Rogers Pass (between Revelstoke and Golden, BC) has emerged as a ski-touring destination of international renown. In the early 1980s, 500 backcountry skiers visited each year. Now 20,000 skiers/year visit. This winter 12 of us from Wenatchee made the pilgrimage.