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Cameron-Delfeld Glaciation Loop

The ice ages of the Pleistocene Epoch 2.6 million to 11,000 years ago had a dramatic role in shaping surface and the topography of North Central Washington. On this ride near Brewster, you’ll see topography shaped by ice that was once thousands of feet deep.... 

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NSAW & Avalanches - 2015 Update

Over 600 backcountry skiers and snowboarders recently attended the 9th Annual Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop in Seattle. A few dozen of us from locations east of the Cascades attended and one presentation discussing hazard evaluation and decision making in avalanche terrain was particularly valuable and deserves wider use.

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Cooney Lake - Heat Wave Escape

In hot weather the three elements for beating the heat in the outdoors are shade, water, and elevation. Cooney Lake gives you all three. Furthermore, the area is not heavily used and the views from the peak above the lake are hard to beat but easy to reach.

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A Perfect Day in Pasayten

The thinnest of frost coats the yellow September grass at the trailhead. The morning sun is spotlighting the highest summits but it will be hours before its warmth kisses the valley.  I leave the car at a fast clip -- a long day lies ahead. Eleven hours later I stagger back -- the body may be shot, but days don't get much better than this.

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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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Skiing Reynolds Peak

The math determining when the ski season ends is different for everyone. Two skiers hit Reynolds Peak in mid-June. They find good skiing,but they also feel the season teetering -- maybe it's time to take up a summer sport?