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The resolution to get outdoors more is a worthy goal. This is an older story that we've updated. We've also included tips and added new photos taken in the local foothills over the past week. All of this might help you make similar resolutions of your own.
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Wenatchee High School Ski Building

Teacher Doug Merrill writes about four seniors who took on an unusual design and construction project at Wenatchee High School (WHS) – they made their own alpine skis. The project was unusual enough that Governor Inslee paid a visit.
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When Mini Becomes Mighty

John Plotz says, "A lot of my regular climbing partners have 'regular' lives beyond climbing. I have never quite understood this, but whatever. It does pose a problem when I can't rouse them to climb with me five days a week. In those partnerless times, I am never denied by my Petzl Mini-Traxion." In this article, John explains the beauty of the Mini. He also lists its dangers.

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Chelan Triskaidekaphobian Traverse

Jim Brisbine writes, "For our annual mid-summer climbing trip this year we departed from our pattern of western Cascade and Olympic destinations and headed into the northern Chelan Mountains. This was our 13th consecutive year of such trips and we probably should have known that Number 13 would present some unfortunate events ..."
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Night of the Inferno

The headquarters of WenatcheeOutdoors, a euphemism for the basement office from which the website operates, was in the path of the Sleepy Hollow Fire. Sunday evening a long fight took place to keep home and office from burning.
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Business As Usual? Hardly

I thought we would grab a cup of coffee at Pybus, but Glen Carlson will have no part of addling blubber to his bottom. “Let’s talk while we walk,” he says. So off we go on a most-pleasant walk along the Loop Trail. During the miles ahead we not only catch-up, but I learn about a most-awesome fitness program his company is sponsoring.

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From Road to Dirt

Adam Vognild discusses transitioning from road running to trail running. What are the benefits, gear needed, and hazards? How do you know where to go locally?  What resources and groups can help you? This piece has everything you need to get going.

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Kicking Horse by the Numbers

The low-snow winter of 2015 us frustrated, but the Canadian snowpack is closer to normal. The problem becomes one of deciding where to go -- Apex, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Fernie?? In the end we decide on a place that kicks our butts.
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Nice Piece of A.S.S.

If you click on this post because you think WenatcheeOutdoors has tried to boost its ratings through porn, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This post is about Adventure Skate Skiing (ASS) or skate skiing in non-traditional areas like along groomed snowmobile trails. Find out the why, where, when, an how of it all here.

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Snowpack Analysis - How Bad Is This Winter?

This article was published recently in The Wenatchee World. The upshot of the snow surveys taken during this story: The Chelan Basin snowpack is at 80 percent of normal -- better than many of us might have suspected. Of course, one basin does not an entire East-slope snowpack make.