It’s been an unusual winter of extremes: First came low amounts of snow and high amounts of cold weather through November, December, and January. Then came higher than normal amounts of snow falling in February. This has set up very hazardous conditions in the local mountains.
It had been 72 years since the Patrol Race was last run. In February, however, ski history buffs brought back this race that once connected two huts owned by The Mountaineers, one near Snoqualmie Pass, another near Stampede Pass. Calls went out for three-man teams to participate. Wenatchee couldn’t send its best, so it sent its oldest.
We announced this over a week ago on our Facebook page but getting a post up on the main website about who won our New Year's Day photo contest fell through the cracks in the brain of our editor. Anyway, the winner is ...
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 next year's AT skis.
Winter brings a variety of adventure sport opportunities to the region. James Moore tells how 'creekin’ is a charming and challenging combination of hiking and ice climbing. All that is needed is a frozen creek and a few basic pieces of equipment...
For outings lasting several days or more, the combined weight of food stocks, cooking supplies, stove fuel, and food packaging all become heavy additions to the pack. A clever means of reducing weight and volume on all these fronts is to rely on canteen cooking.
Carolyn Grow Dailey writes about a sport unknown to most: ‘Sliking’ (a combination of sledding and hiking). It's fun, good exercise, and scenic. Better still, it unlocks your inner child and makes you feel like you're eight-years-old again.
WenatcheeOutdoors is partnering with City of Wenatchee Parks & Recreation to bring back last year's Community Snowshoe Hikes. These are family-friendly outings and a great chance to sample one of winter's fastest growing outdoor activities. Come explore easy but fun trails with us.
Showing in Leavenworth on Wednesday Feb 26, this movie covers one of the great Himalayan climbs in mountaineering history. It profiles the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition and the bold plan to climb Everest from multiple sides. The film also looks at the mountain 50 years to explore the essence of risk and adventure.
When low snows settle over the Wenatchee Valley, Horselake Road makes for an accessible, pretty, a surprisingly wild Nordic skiing outing. With our current snow pack, the road is in nice shape for cross-country skiing, winter walking, and snowshoeing. Grab it now.
Jeff Craven writes about these 'funny' shoes and the comments he receives from others while wearing them. You could replace the word funny with creepy, ugly, funky, ridiculous, or any number of adjectives and you would have the general public’s opinion of the Five Finger. Still, Craven likes running in these guys.
Slip-sliding on snow – it’s a good way to land yourself in a hospital or a cemetery. Slipping on snow (or ice) is the second most common form of accidents in the mountains according to stats compiled in Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Injuries and deaths from such slips far exceed those from avalanches, getting lost, equipment failure, freezing to death, mountain illnesses, or ...
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