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A Tale of Two 'Mids'

A review of two pyramid-styled tents: The Mega Light from Black Diamond and the Ultamid 4 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. The Mega Light gets the nod for best value -- it's a quality product at an affordable price. The Ultamid gets kudos for being the best product, but the added space, increased strength, and reduced weight will cost you.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road and arrives in Leavenworth at the Festhalle on November 24.
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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls Trips

Sun Lakes - Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City offers a menu of relatively tame outdoor outings highlighted with a few dashes of craziness. That seems appropriate given that most of the region’s geologic history has been relatively tame...except for the occasional dash of extreme craziness.

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Swap Your Gear

The Leavenworth Ski and Gear Swap, benefiting LWSC, will take place on Sunday October 25, 2015. In Wenatchee, the Gear Swap benefiting the Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association takes place on November 6, 2015. Swap your dust collectors for gear you'll use.

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Upper Methow River Recreation Survey

This post seeks respondents for an online survey directed at individuals who have floated (in a raft, kayak, tube or other craft) the Methow River above Weeman Bridge and below the Lost River. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with Yakima Nation Fisheries.
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Ridge to River Comeback

Susan Valaas and Kathleen Koos (mothers of some very accomplished local athletes) power a canoe in the last Ridge-to-River competition held in 2009. Efforts are afoot to bring Ridge2River back in a more local version of the old race.
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Better Than Tape

Duct tape is great -- a wad of it should be in every outdoorsman’s repair kit. If you want the best outdoor-equipment fix-it item of them all, however, put aside the duct tape and roll out a tube of SeamGrip. Here's a dozen ways to use this fix-it savant.

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The Waters of Omak Lake

Although slightly out of our normal territory, this lake about 9 miles from Omak is full of distinctions and surprises. It offers such scenic flatwater paddling that Central Washington canoeists should put it on their bucket list.

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Bridgeport to Brewster Paddle

A trip that starts in the fast, smooth current of the Columbia and finishes on the calm water of Pateros Lake. For birders, the Bridgeport Bar State Wildlife area is rich with all manners of birds, from swallows to pelicans. For all paddlers the wetlands lining the Columbia provide a relaxing escape. 

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Reasons To Try Stand-up Paddleboarding

If you are spending any time this summer at the beach or on a lake, put stand-up paddle boarding on your to-do list. This aquatic sport just keeps rising in popularity. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is not only a unique adventure, it's a good workout as well. If you haven’t tried SUP yet here are five reasons to try it.