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Tiffany Highlands - Epic or Stupid Adventurey?

A fine line separates an epic adventure from complete stupidity, as discovered on a unique alpine mountain bike loop through the Tiffany Highlands, an endeavor barely completed through the power of optimism.

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The Ptarmigan Traverse Extended Trek

“We were wanderers from the beginning.” Thus Carl Sagan begins his book Pale Blue Dot. How true for many of my friends and I, thus the lure of long wilderness treks in beautiful high country is hard to resist. Nature wanderers moving to NCW soon hear of the Ptarmigan Traverse......

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Gardner Mountain

Unlike many peaks of the area, Gardner Mountain has shied away from the spotlight and sits as a high, lonely, and remote outpost providing backpackers with stellar North Cascades views.

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The Scoop on Poop

It’s one of those topics we’d prefer not to think about, speak about, or even look at. We’d rather just sit on the toilet and let the whole mess flush away. In the backcountry, however, there often is no toilet. In lieu of the traditional cat-hole method, what do you do when nature calls?
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Helicopter Training in Cascades - Public Comment

The Aviation Division of Joint Base Lewis-McChord has proposed a new mountain training area in North Central Washington. Until July 30th, the proposal is open for public comment. Update: JBLM Contact detail are now updated as of July 26th.


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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes

This book ($25) is both a bargain and a goldmine for backcountry skiers looking for the best beta on many of Washington’s best lines. Twenty of the book’s 81 ascents are here in Central Washington-- which gets our geographic relevance to the state's best skiing right. The route information is also top notch. Be aware, however, that we have a confession to make.
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Ghost Bears Field Course

It’s an exciting meld of hands-on, pertinent science and getting out there in the GREAT (as the North Cascades are) outdoors! This summer, venture into the wilderness on a backpacking adventure in search of the grizzly bear, the “Ghost Bear” on the North Cascades. Join Wenatchee River Institute and our team of wildlife biologists for one- or both- of our week-long field courses, July 20-26and August ...

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Frisco Mountain Solstice Skiing

They are intrigued about spending the summer solstice skiing Baker but the drive is ugly long, the forecast ugly wet. “What about skiing Frisco Mountain?” I suggest. The drive is beautifully short and the weather beautifully nicer. They agree beautiful beats ugly, and to Frisco we go.
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North Cascades Traverses

A climbing friend sent a message about a new book, North Cascades Traverses, with the comment, "Could be a great inspiration for you to do some of these. You can see the whole thing via the preview.” The Internet interface for seeing this book on-line is cool. Even better, the book does inspire you to explore our mountains.
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Widening Our Backcountry Circles

Last fall Wenatchee Outdoors organized a series of educational sessions on ski touring. One goal of those sessions was to connect like-minded folks. Recently Tom Janisch took some skiers who attended those sessions to the North Cascades. He writes in this post about the benefits of extending his circle of skiing friends.