All about muscle-powered outdoor-adventure sports in Central Washington


Marc Dilley blended five images of the same scene with different exposures to create this picture. "There were hideous flares in both stars and, without the luminosity masking techniques of Tony Kuyper, I would not have been able to clean up the sun and reflection. Total computer time from downloading the RAW files to the final image you see ... maybe 10 hours."  Click here to see one of these images before the computer work.

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Darkside Festival - 2014

This year's Dark Side Ride, has being re-vamped into a festival with rides, trail runs, hikes, music, beer, prizes and more. The event runs Saturday evening September 27 at Mission Ridge. Get out and explore the other side (the dark one) of your personality.
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Squilchuck Trails - Build Them, Ride Them

The green light has been given for development of a mountain bike park at Squilchuck State Park, and now is the time to go dig in the dirt and help make this project come together.

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Fire in the Chiwaukum

Recently, we were browsing Chester Marler’s book, East of the Divide. With the Chiwaukum Creek fire having burned down to the Wenatchee River earlier this summer, we found this entry referring to an old fire in the Chiwaukum Mountains interesting. Fire is a natural part of the landscape and, while it is potentially devastating to some people, we need fire for healthy ecosystems. Chester's writing eludes to this.

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Swimming the Enchantments

You may have hiked, climbed, or skied the Enchantments. But have you swum them? Mike Rolf's Picture of the Week (diving into Isolation Lake) should inspire more outdoor enthusiasts to use this hot weather to make the plunge.

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Riding a Human ... or Packing a Bike

A huge mountain bike descent sounds appealing ... until you think about getting the bike up to the top of a route that's too tricky to pedal. Then, do you push the dreaded anchor, let the frame crush your shoulders, or give up on such a ride? Here are two much better ways to pack your bike up a path you just can't pedal.
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Shady Summer Climbing

August 3, 2014. It was 95 degrees in the sun at Vantage yesterday yet we climbed comfortably in the shade from 7:00 am until 2:30 pm. Considering Vantage crawls with climbers in spring and autumn, we didn't see a single other climber. This article, prepared by Charlie Hickenbottom, tells where to climb in the shade all around the region.

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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.

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Jim Hill Mountain

Much like the stubborn railroad baron for which it is named, Jim Hill Mountain stands strong and defiant, guarding it’s relatively small and out-of-the-way summit with a long bushwack and scrambling. Fortunately, the effort is not without reward.

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Injury Prevention 101

Most runners, hikers, climbers, cyclists, and skiers can relate to the double misery of injury. Injury not only hurts physically, it hurts emotionally to be sidelined. Jason Jablonski of SET Coaching recently shared these strengthening and stretching exercises to stave off injury. 

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Sleeping Like a Stone

It’s a three-ounce pillow that cradles the head by night and comforts the bottom by day – which might be another way of saying that Exped’s Air Pillow delivers top-to-bottom comfort. For those who have trouble sleeping in the backcountry, this pillow may be a game changer.