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The Wallowa Mountains tower over the plains of northeastern Oregon. I cut my teeth there as a backcountry skier so they are near and dear to me. When it comes to skiing beautiful Wallowaesque terrain, however, the mountains of the Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness are less visited and a whole lot closer...
Bill Dobbins wrote an aptly titled poem "Harvest Moon Blues" after a couple of evenings of climbing under our beautiful harvest moon. Read the poem and check out the accompanying pictures of night climbing.
Charlie Hickenbottom writes about scrambling up Big Chiwaukum, the highest peak in the Chiwaukum Range. The climb is rarely done yet offers great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Three old men storm Argonaut Peak and are, likely, the oldest group to reach the golden fleece of the summit in recent years. Charlie Hickenbottom reports on how he, Roger Gerwin, and Rod Yate (ages 58 to 69) hobbled to the summit.
Saber, Old Gray Mare, Crack of Doom, Canary, and Century are among the classic trad climbs on the southwest-facing upper wall of Castle Rock. Castle Rock is a large granite plug 2.5 miles west of Leavenworth and one of the state's best known rock climbing crags. These routes are on the right side of the upper wall.
"When a friend you’ve known since kindergarten asks you to celebrate his 65th birthday by climbing a mountain, well, that’s an invitation you’re inclined to accept..." Robbie Scott describes how he helped Chester Marler celebrate a momentus birthday.