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PICTURE OF THE WEEK




Photo by Matthew Tangeman. With the smoke from local fires plaguing the lowland valleys, you may think the high country is suffering from the same affliction. Au contraire, the Enchantments are smoke-free and solitude in the upper basin is easier to find than during your typical summer weekend as would-be hikers are heading elsewhere. Now is a great time to make your visit! 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Stand-up Paddle Boarding This Summer

If you are spending any time this summer at the beach or on a lake, put stand-up paddle boarding on your list of things to do. This aquatic sport just keeps rising in popularity, becoming a worldwide favorite summer pastime, and for good reason. Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is not only a unique adventure, but has amazing health benefits as well. If you haven’t tried it yet and still need convincing, read on to learn why you should ...

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Mt Bonaparte - A Tale of Two Trails

Long a popular trek with Boy Scouts staying at Camp Bonaparte below, Mt. Bonaparte is a wooded, alpine island in a sea of rolling farmland. It’s also one of the few fire lookouts still manned in high fire season, giving a sense of history to this place with long views.

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The Golden Stairway ... to the Golden Fleece

Far from any place anyone might even consider a place, ‘The Golden Stairway' may not hold much in the way of gold, but it is indeed a stairway to beautiful meadows and wide views over the Conconully region.

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Wanderings on Funk Mountain

In the mood to get out, but not in the mood to exert too much energy? Maybe just want to zip up to a prominent high point to watch the day end? Funk Mountain is that kind of place.

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Buck Mountain Ride

Ask just about any Methow Valley local what their go-to mountain bike ride is, and there is a fair chance they’ll respond, “Buck Mountain.” A balanced mixture of Forest Service Roads, jeep roads, and fantastic singletrack, Buck Mountain has a little for everyone complete with spectacular ridgeline views overlooking the Methow Valley.

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News from RunWenatchee

RunWenatchee's inaugural Wenatchee Valley Trail Run Series concluded June 22 with two runs in Leavenworth. While we have been holding trail runs for a few years now, we learned a bunch with this official series and are eager to incorporate what we picked up into next year's series...

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Getting Stronger, Reduce Injuries

Strength training is an important component of run training. Incorporation of strength work leads to a reduced risk of injury and increased muscular endurance. Strength training does not always need to include weights and can easily be accomplished anywhere. Below are a couple of great 'no equipment required' strength moves...

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Fireworks Illegal in National Forests

Fireworks and exploding targets are strictly verbotten in the national forest and can earn you a wallet-exploding fine. If you want to see amazing fireworks, see the slideshow in this post rather than risk setting the forest on fire.
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Methow Singletrack Solstice MTB festival June 20-22

Start your summer with the Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the weekend of June 20-22, 2014 for the Methow Singletrack Solstice mountain bike festival.  There will be great rides (including a couple transportation supported point to point options), socializing, and other mountain bike related fun...
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Isolation Ski Traverse

In early June of 2014, Adam Vognild and Tom Janisch skied the Isolation Traverse south to north. The book Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes says, “This tour connects the Inspiration and Neve Glaciers, visiting very wild and isolated country... it includes great descents when done south to north."