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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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Tiffany Highlands - Epic or Stupid Adventure?

A fine line separates an epic adventure from complete stupidity, as discovered on a unique alpine mountain bike loop through the Tiffany Highlands, an endeavor barely completed through the power of optimism.

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes

This book ($25) is both a bargain and a goldmine for backcountry skiers looking for the best beta on many of Washington’s best lines. Some 25 of the book’s 81 ascents are here in North Central Washington-- which gets our geographic relevance to the state's best skiing right. The route information is also top notch ... but be aware that we have a confession to make.
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Gardner Mountain

Unlike many peaks of the area, Gardner Mountain has shied away from the spotlight and sits as a high, lonely, and remote outpost providing backpackers with stellar North Cascades views.

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Frisco Mountain Solstice Skiing

They are intrigued about spending the summer solstice skiing Baker but the drive is ugly long, the forecast ugly wet. “What about skiing Frisco Mountain?” I suggest. The drive is beautifully short and the weather beautifully nicer. They agree beautiful beats ugly, and to Frisco we go.
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North Cascades Traverses

A climbing friend sent a message about a new book, North Cascades Traverses, with the comment, "Could be a great inspiration for you to do some of these. You can see the whole thing via the preview.” The Internet interface for seeing this book on-line is cool. Even better, the book does inspire you to explore our mountains.