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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Steamboat Rock: It's Not A Rock

We had been wandering around the perimeter of Steamboat ‘Rock’ for over an hour when my wife commented, "You know, this is not a rock. Rocks have little summits. This is huge up here. This should be called Steamboat Butte."

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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls Outings

Sun Lakes - Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City offers a menu of relatively tame outdoor outings highlighted with a few dashes of craziness. That seems appropriate given that most of the region’s geologic history has been relatively tame...except for the occasional dash of extreme craziness.

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Upper Methow River Recreation Survey

This post seeks respondents for an online survey directed at individuals who have floated (in a raft, kayak, tube or other craft) the Methow River above Weeman Bridge and below the Lost River. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with Yakima Nation Fisheries.
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Better Than Tape

Duct tape is great -- a wad of it should be in every outdoorsman’s repair kit. If you want the best outdoor-equipment fix-it item of them all, however, put aside the duct tape and roll out a tube of SeamGrip. Here's a dozen ways to use this fix-it savant.

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The Okanogan River - Omak to Malott

This section of the Okanogan River dissects the county’s heaviest population centers as it skirts the edges of the towns of Omak and Okanogan. Surprisingly, as you float between these pods of development, you'll see wild scenery and wildlife.

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The Waters of Omak Lake

It’s a lake of distinctions and surprises. It’s the longest natural lake in Okanogan County. It’s the largest saline lake in Washington State. It’s a tropical blue lake surrounded by a brown desert landscape. It’s a lake whose shorelines are virtually devoid of development yet one that...

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Paddling Palmer Lake to Nighthawk

If variety is the spice of life, flatwater paddlers will love the spice of this paddle route. This trip offers spice with most every stroke… from lakes to a flowing river; from coyotes to cattle; from mountain views to swampy sloughs; from yellow hillsides to green riparian waterways. 

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Malott to Monse Paddling

While driving the shuttle for this trip you might rate this section of river to be a Plain Jane, with roads and farms lining both sides. But once you’re down in the trench of the river, your vision is contained to the river and itself and the higher mountains, and suddenly it seems a whole lot more scenic than what you imagined.

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Bridgeport to Brewster Paddle

A trip that starts in the fast, smooth current of the Columbia and finishes on the calm water of Pateros Lake. For birders, the Bridgeport Bar State Wildlife area is rich with all manners of birds, from swallows to pelicans. For all paddlers the wetlands lining the Columbia provide a relaxing escape.