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How to Use WenatcheeOutdoors.org

The numbers on this photo correspond with the features listed below. This picture shows what the 
home page looks like at this particular sliver in time, but we won't promise it will stay like this. Our links sometimes wander around the page, but if the features aren't where this map shows them, they're probably still close by. 

We recognize that using the WenatcheeOutdoors website can have you feeling like you’ve wandered into an ocean of information without a rudder to steer by -- if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you may get sucked into whirlpools of hyperlinks from which you may emerge, hours later, dazed by all the interesting information you found. And yet you may still be unsure of how to find what you originally came for. To help navigate this mighty mass of data, we’ve created this tips page. WenatcheeOutdoors is a guide to our regional outdoor resources, and this is a guide to the guide. 

1. Contributing to WenatcheeOutdoors.org : Tell other locals how you melted a tent with an exploding stove…or how you fell off a cliff and survived (even though your flattened belayer didn’t). If you love the outdoors, we want you to share your wisdom and yarns. Enrich our content and strengthen our outdoor community. Here’s what we’re looking for. 

Note: our main website at WenatcheeOutdoors.org is edited and formatted to look and read like a magazine, so it’s not particularly intuitive to format materials to our style.
If you want a story or a guidebook entry placed on the main website, it’s easiest to email us words and pictures and let us piece everything together.  

Photo: Click the "Get involved" link for ideas on sharing your outdoor adventures and making this the website you would like it to be.

 WenatcheeOutdoors Forum.org is an altogether different animal. We created the Forum as an easy place for outdoorsy people to post photos, trip reports, condition updates, events, and issues. It’s also a place to find partners, buy & sell gear, and seek outdoor advice. At the forum, you and others like you drive the content.

3. Searching. We have a lot of valuable tools, archived articles, and link matrixes, but they may be hard to find without calling out a “search”. If you’re lucky, our ‘quick search’ box will lead you precisely to the gear review or the route information you’re looking for. Using the quick search box is simple and fast but it’s not as powerful as searching with Google. If your first search comes up short, use the Google commands for searching within a specific website for specific words and strings. You do this by listing the URL you want checked (www.JustGetOut.net/wenatchee for us), followed by a colon, followed by the words or string you want checked.
  • For example, to do a Google search for WenatcheeOutdoors articles about Tronsen Meadow, go to google.com and type in www.justgetout.net/wenatchee: “Tronsen Meadow”.

4. Archives. There are over 1200 articles in our archives in the form of trip reports, guidebook entries, gear reviews, and more. Many of these are still pertinent. To find the archives, click “All Posts” in the top menu bar, and then enjoy spending the next few decades reading back through the library.

5. Categories. Frankly we’re not sure if many people find this feature helpful. It does allow you to search for and read articles by a category you find interesting like “Biking” or “Stupid Fun”.

6. Calendar. Cyberspace is a huge place, but we comb the internet far and wide to pull together as many local outdoor/conservation events as we can and compile them into a unified calendar. You can find the calendar here, or through the WenatcheeOutdoors Forum. To submit your own outdoor event, simply log-in to the Forum (it takes two minutes to make an account) and add them.

7. Local Resources. To help you find other local resources for gearing up, getting outdoors, and finding other outdoor users, we’ve created a bunch of tables.
  • If you’re looking for gear, try the rentals/retail/repairs matrixes.
  • To find partners/groups to go outside with, try the groups and clubs pages or go to the Forum and make a posting under a specific category.
  • For more information about local conservation, we have guides to environmental non-profits and government agencies.
Photo: Learn the local ropes with these guides to finding gear, outdoor clubs, and conservation organizations.

 Conditions. Weather and more! These matrixes are extremely useful in the winter because they each have many links that will lead you to regional snow conditions and avalanche forecasts--- information that is known to significantly extend the lifespan of skiers. These conditions links are located on the right-hand side of the web page, just below the “quick search” bar.

9. Guidebooks. They’re sorted by sport, but a lot of them have overlap. For example, most of the “Trail Running” routes also make excellent hikes. Try sorting guidebooks by fitness or by area to make it easier to select your route-to-be. The real gold nugget is the interactive “Graphical Guidebook”. Although it doesn’t yet have all of the routes in the static guidebooks, it allows you to zoom in on a particular area, sort outings by sport-type and fitness level, and read brief summaries of the outing before clicking into the static guidebooks for detailed route descriptions and a free topographic map of the route. If you’d like to embed the Graphical Guidebook in your own website (for free), contact us.

Photo: Use the Interactive Guidebook (link circled in red) if you know what you want to do outdoors, but not where you want to do it.

  Parks and Campgrounds. This is a brand new guide to local state parks, campgrounds, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It's listed as an entry in most of the online guidebooks. 

11.  Maps. The map page includes an interactive link to Gmap4, which can produce topographic and satellite maps tailored to your specific outings. It also includes a link to CalTopo, which has topo maps color-coded by steepness, and is invaluable for planning winter trips in avalanche zones.

12.  Newsletter. We’re not exactly schedule sticklers, but we try to send out an e-newsletter every two or three weeks. This email goes out to about 3,000 readers, so if you’d like to promote an outdoor event, issue, or trip, make sure to submit it to us and we’ll see how we can help. To subscribe email us at: webeditor@charter.net 

13.  Tip of the Day. Look at the right-hand side of the website for a daily (and often thrifty) tip on gear, conditions, or outdoor skills.

14.  Trip of the Week. Several weekly outing suggestions that are appropriate for the season are usually displayed on the right-hand side of the home page.

15.  Outdoor magazines. WenatcheeOutdoors is the best online outdoor resource in the galaxy, but some of these other magazines are not too shabby.

16.  Slideshows. Natural history, events and trips. Pretty cool feature for learning more about the local environment. We have more natural history slideshows on the way, and would love to receive submissions on interesting topics like local geology, fire ecology, birds, botany, and more.

17.  Webcams. Use these links for a live view of conditions in town, in the passes, and at local ski areas. Those of you who hike, ski, bike, or climb can use the webcams to get a live look at the weather in the area and to decide whether it's worth driving to that area to pursue your passion.

18.  Visitor Info. We have information here on lodging, dining, attractions, entertainment and more for most of the towns in the WenatcheeOutdoors territory.

19.  KOHO & KPQ Outdoor Reports. Listen to KOHO 101.1 FM on Wednesdays and KPQ 560 AM on Thursdays to hear the WenatcheeOutdoors report on outdoor events, conditions, and more or visit their websites to catch the podcasts later in the week. The KOHO Outdoor Report is also frequently posted in the “Miscellaneous” section of the Forum thanks to Ray Birks, our masterful administrator of the Forum.

20.  $1,000 giveaways. Just kidding. Good work making it through the whole list. You’re now a WenatcheeOutdoors Level 2 Wizard. Hey, if you’re willing to give away $1,000, we’d be happy to receive it.