Covering muscle-powered outdoor sports within an hour's drive of the Wenatchee Valley


                           Lisa Penny snowshoeing up Angle Peak. Stormy Mountain is in the background.


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Sage Hills Winter Closure

December 1, 2015. The trails throughout the Sage Hills and the Horse Lake area have closed for the winter and will not reopen until April 1, 2016. Local walkers can still use the trails around Saddle Rock, Dry Gulch, and Castle Rock. Read why the trails close each winter.

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Fred's Photography Foray

I met Del Young and Tony Case at the Esmeralda Basin trailhead at our agreed 11 am time, despite being slowed by damage to the N. Fork Teanaway Road from recent rain runoff. New snow at higher elevations, and a clearing forecast for Tuesday had Del stoked ...                                ...

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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road and arrives in Leavenworth at the Festhalle on November 24.
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Magic Water

Brad Brisbine writes, "Why does a 60-year old hiker continue to abuse his body on strenuous hikes with little prior conditioning?" This is the tale of backpacking to seven lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness...and why it's worth the bodily pain.

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Larches to Lederhosen

Jim Brisbine writes, "For this year's annual Golden Larch Trip, I spent four glorious days backpacking through the Chiwaukum Mountains. The larches were close to their prime color." Brisbine was surprised to encounter so few people along such an easily accessed and beautiful route.

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Jack Creek, Jack Ridge, Trout Lake

Connect these wooded trails near the end of the Icicle Road to complete a 13-mile loop. Or, follow the trail in and out of Trout Lake Trail for a mellower, 11.5-mile hike. These trails are lacking in long views but they are pleasant, forested hikes. You can also access the spectacular high country around Windy Pass via the Trout Lake Trail.

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Backcountry Film Festival - Year 11

Winter approaches and, along with it, a local event, now in its 11th year, that helps local skiers and snowshoers get primed for the months ahead -- the Backcountry Film Fest. The Backcountry Film Festival receives submissions from filmmakers all over the world and highlights the best of the backcountry experience.

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When Mini Becomes Mighty

John Plotz says, "A lot of my regular climbing partners have 'regular' lives beyond climbing. I have never quite understood this, but whatever. It does pose a problem when I can't rouse them to climb with me five days a week. In those partnerless times, I am never denied by my Petzl Mini-Traxion." In this article, John explains the beauty of the Mini. He also lists its dangers.

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Northrup Canyon Hike

This hike near Steamboat Rock State Park offers interesting human history, geology, and natural history. It also offers excellent rubber necking as you enjoy the surrounding cliffs. Whether you come for the academics or the aesthetics, you should leave well pleased.
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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls Trips

Sun Lakes - Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City offers a menu of relatively tame outdoor outings highlighted with a few dashes of craziness. That seems appropriate given that most of the region’s geologic history has been relatively tame...except for the occasional dash of extreme craziness.