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+16 16 votes

Magnet Creek Outings

Although ‘Magnet’ might imply this area attracts lots of people, it’s quite the opposite. Even on a huge weekend (e.g., Memorial Day or Labor Day) you’re likely to be alone on this airy but scenic hike near Blewett Pass.

+17 17 votes

Twin Lakes

My companions were shocked, “What? Mr. Outdoors hasn’t hiked to Twin Lakes? Every outdoorsman who’s any outdoorsman has hiked this one!” Doing this hike was long overdue for me but I can attest that I should have done this one long ago. It's not really the lakes that make this such a good hike, but the walk to get there.

+8 8 votes

The Five-Mile Final Exam

After four weeks of grueling mental preparation on winter survival gear, avalanche safety, and backcountry navigation, the partcipants of our Self-Sufficient Snowshoeing Class were put to the test. Did they find their way or become a Donner-Party-styled disaster?
+6 6 votes

Snowshoe Class - First Outing

After four weeks of grueling mental preparation on winter survival gear, avalanche safety, and backcountry navigation, the partcipants in our Self-Sufficient Snowshoeing Class were put to the test. Did they find their way or become a Donner-Party-styled disaster?
+14 14 votes

Vetting the Boyfriend

Some would argue with a name like ‘Andy’ he must be a fabulous person. In this case, the ‘Andy’ in question is the boyfriend of my daughter so the standards for his evaluation are a little higher than the name alone. Time to use the mountains to measure the lad.
+16 16 votes

Stupor Sunday - Skiing Big Slide

This was run a few years ago but, if you missed it then, enjoy it now. On Super Sunday – the national day of overeating and overspectating -- two locals opt not to be counted among the couch potatoes. They go big on the big day ... and find themselves wishing they'd stuck to the couch. 

+6 10 votes

Mt. Mastiff via Merritt Lake

This ski or snowshoe ascent of Mount Mastiff  (el: 6,741’) climbs through old-growth forests that are an interesting mix of Eastside and Westside trees. Eventually you cut tracks along northeast ridge with wide open avalanches to your left and a precipitous freefall down into the Little Wenatchee River valley to your right.

+12 12 votes

Playboating the Wenatchee River

It’s not that old dogs can’t learn new tricks – it’s that they resist learning new tricks. Younger paddlers had been heckling me about my 11-foot kayak, calling it the Queen Mary. Recently I tried a modern boat, I finally understood how much fun they are.

+6 8 votes

Springtime in Hel

On the vernal equinox, two locals to go to Hel looking for spring. They discover there is heaven in Hel. And that, contrary to popular belief, Hel can freeze over. They also discover that, for them, the fruits of winter (powder) trump the vegetables of spring (corn). 

+10 10 votes

Indecision Revisited

From this picture you'd think this to be a story about incompetence. But this tale about skiing Cashmere Mountain is really about indecision...and a tweaked knee. It's also about sun and views, powder and corn, and caution and recklessness.