There are times in the late fall, winter, and early spring when the trails of the high Cascades, as well as those throughout and the Wenatchee Valley, are a combination of snowy, rainy, and muddy. So what are trail enthusiasts to do? Answer: Head to Vantage.
Kathleen Hannah writes, "My first camping experience was 'interesting.' It was less about communing with nature and more about full-immersion baptism." Read about it ... and share some of your own initiation stories, rookie mistakes, and lessons learned.
The League of American Bicyclists just recognized the Greater Wenatchee Metropolitan Area with the Bronze award for being a Bicycle Friendly Community. This is a significant achievement in our regional transportation planning, but there are still higher levels to ...
Cycling in Central Washington is a wonderful form of transportation and exercise during the warm months, but how do you stay motivated to keep riding during the chilly months? With these tips – many of them gleaned from local experts --you can take advantage of your bike...
The Hog Loppet is gone. After being unable to run the event for two of the last three years, the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is tossing in the towel. That's not to say, however, that the LWSC is done with long, challenging ski treks. Say 'goodbye' to the Hog and 'hello' to the Moose.
The cliff-lined coulees and desert landscape around Frenchman Coulee (near Vantage) gives visitors lots of distractions. Between the Spaghetti Western setting, the geology sculpted by the Ice Age Floods, the rock climbing activity, and the sand dunes, there's no shortage of things to see on this short outing.
Ken Longley wrote about this interesting hike to Cape Horn in 2010. Charlie Hickenbottom now calls the Colockum one of his favorite shoulder-season hiking areas and has added information about the access to this hike. He also sent historical info about 'Spanish Castle' once occupying the bar at the base of Tarpiscan Creek.
Frank Peryea stands next to a sign marking the property he and his wife, Betsy Beers, own around Castle Rock. The couple bought the 170-acre property, along with another 230 acres immediately west of Castle Rock, to preserve these natural lands adjacent to Wenatchee from development.
November is a dark, dank month and many of us see our motivation sagging like a week-old birthday balloon. With fewer things to do and the need for motivation, ski films, outdoor films, and environmental films tend to be popular this time of year. Here's a list of what's on tap to get us through the November blahs.
The Backcountry Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. This year the venue has changed so that the audio and the visuals for attendees will be much better.
Duct tape is great -- a wad of it should be in every outdoorsman’s repair kit. If you want the best outdoor-equipment fix-it item of them all, however, put aside the duct tape and roll out a tube of SeamGrip. Here's a dozen ways to use this fix-it savant.
My blizzard-induced blindness spikes my anxieties about our safety. It also makes my wife realize she can’t take a backseat role in our descent of Aasgard Pass. She becomes the eyes of our effort and an active participant in whatever happens. Part 2 of the story about a surprising day in the Enchantments.
Our editor says "My wife and I both grab for these poles first whenever we head out for a hike. A problem arises when we head out to do something together. Who’s gonna get our one pair of Explorer 130 poles?"
The Inner Circle Gym will host the Fifth Annual Gear Swap on Saturday, November 15 at 6 p.m (held at the Inner Circle Gym). Get the event on your calendar if you need equipment or if you've got gear you're no longer using. Read more about the event.
Calling all Nordic skiers who enjoy cross-country skiing the Nason Ridge trails. Volunteers lead by Bill Miller have been working to clear brush adjacent to the Nason Ridge ski trail before the snow falls. The cost of the professional mechanical help is an estimated $3000. Help out if you use these trails.
I attended my first Warren Miller film in high school and the excitement that film generated was palpable. These films were doing that long before I ever saw one and they're still doing it now. Find out more about this year's film, which for many is the official launch of the ski season.
Susan Ballinger observes the changing colors of the larches: Low-angled, fleeting October sunshine sharpens the fall foliage display of our native deciduous shrubs and trees. My favorite tree this time of year is the larch, ...
It's not just your imagination, this has been a dry year and a hot summer. Water totals for the water year were 4.7 inches of rain (58 percent of normal). Data from the Weather Service also substantiates this was one of the hottest summers on record.
For Brad Lane, the day's journey started with the expectation of capturing a fresh but telling photo of our iconic landmark -- Saddle Rock. The journey did not end with what he came for ... and yet the day transcended what he expected.
It’s an issue sparking heated partisan debate yet, among the large majority of climate scientists, there is little dispute that climate change is happening and that it will significantly impact everyone's future. What does it mean for Wenatchee and what can we do about it?
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