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Sandhill cranes are currently migrating from their wintering grounds (western Texas to central Mexico) to their breeding grounds in the northern tundras. Many can be seen now in the fields of the Okanogan Highlands just north of Brewster.

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Wolves on Walkabout

A recap of a 1200-mile-long adventure following the trail of a GPS-collared wild wolf, named OR7, from its birth place near the Eagle Cap Wilderness to its new territory near the Oregon-California border. What does all this mean for wolves? And what does it mean for the Wenatchee River Institute?

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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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Avalanche 'Risk Creep'

Bruce Bendickson sent us a link to a New York Times story recently. It's about risk creep among skiers. It's an interesting concept to ponder and partly explains why seasoned backcountry skiers get caught in avalanches.
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Night of the Grizzly - Jan 8

Have you seen a bear while visiting a national park in the Northwest? Are the North Cascades wild enough for grizzly bears--and are they already there? Attend this presentation (January 8, 6 pm) at the Wenatchee Public Library to find out if the "ghost bears" of the North Cascades are really there.

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Twin Peaks in Winter

For about a month each winter when we have low snow,, the road up Twin Peaks makes for an accessible and surprisingly enjoyable ski, snowshoe, or winter walk. The season is short so when opportunity knocks by delivering snow, get after it. 

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Why Snowshoe?

This article discussing "Why snowshoe?" was written a few years ago. Given this winter's low-snow conditions, however, snowshoes are an excellent way to get out and enjoy the mountains in winter.

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Shopping

If you’ve been bad and left your Christmas shopping 'til the last minute, you’ve just run into a stroke of good luck: We made rounds of local outdoor stores and found particularly useful outdoor products to consider as gifts. Check out our recommends.

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Why's Everybody Whining?

Last weekend Stewart Hoover, ThanhVan Tran, Lisa Hansen and I had a great hike/scramble to the summit of Wedge Mountain (the one where the register is.) Then, on Tuesday, ThanVan, Stewart, Jeff Paton and I hiked to the top of Bootjack Mountain. These are really fun hikes this time of year that you can do with MicroSpikes and/or snowshoes.

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Backcountry Skis for 2015

People who think that testing ski equipment is an easy, posh job know nothing.  Testing this gear is brutal work. Andy Dappen reveals the impossibility of the task set before him at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City as he tried to evaluate this year's AT skis.

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Mission Ridge Acquires More Property

Mission Ridge's owner, Larry Scrivanich recently purchased two parcels of land adjacent to Mission Ridge's permitted ski area operations amounting to about 800 acres. Scrivanich says The opportunity to acquire the property came up quickly, but that the ski areas has no plan yet as to how to use the property.