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The Chase

By on September 27, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
The Chase

By Marc Dilley The encore before winter sleep, October is nature’s Month of Color. There is always something new to see outside, but October is special. For outdoor photographers it all comes together: the annual botanic color explosion before winter, … Continue reading

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Crazy ’mericans do the West Coast Trail

By on September 27, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Crazy ’mericans do the  West Coast Trail

  On a trip like this, you don’t want to take a political activist or a high maintenance person, but a teen wearing crocs? He’s ok By Kim Anderson It all began in a conversation with a coworker as he … Continue reading

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The stillness of soot

By on September 27, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
The stillness of soot

Story and photos By Sarah Shaffer This August I spent a weekend backpacking through the Larch Lakes Pomas Pass area at the end of Entiat River Road. Two friends joined me along with my dog, Tana. Little did we realize … Continue reading

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Running with kids

By on August 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Running with kids

In 2012, his friend Marlene Farrell encouraged Andrew to start sharing his enthusiasm with young people. Thus began his stint co-coaching at Peshastin-Dryden School, where Marlene had recently established a running club. The club later moved to Osborn Elementary. “Marlene … Continue reading

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Andrew Holm: Running through landscapes

By on August 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Andrew Holm: Running through landscapes

By Rachel DiLorenzo Sort of like the back-up generators he relies upon from time to time, Andrew Holm is powered by a steadfast stamina. Often, he’s directed uphill, running toward the tops of ridges and mountains. Other times, he’s busily … Continue reading

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Moms hiking with their sons

By on August 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Moms hiking with their sons

By Marlene Farrell Photos by Meleah Butruille Our small band of backpackers tramped away from our lakeside campsite, through boulder-strewn alpine meadows and a small tarn, following Quentin. He had found the perfect bear bag-hanging tree. It was perched on … Continue reading

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What’s that bird?

By on July 25, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
What’s that bird?

When a student exclaims “Whoa!” volunteer birder knows she has shared her enthusiasm By Susan Rae Sampson Why am I freezing my butt off on a windy day in the state park at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia … Continue reading

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The two aspects of biathlon

By on July 25, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The two aspects of biathlon

By Jaana Hatton The group dashes through the snow-covered landscape as if chased by a pack of wolves. Their skis cut into the snow and the legs push for momentum. Thrusting and pulling with the poles they gain more speed. … Continue reading

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Nurturing Nature: Couple converts marshy land into an amazing animal sanctuary

By on July 25, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Nurturing Nature:  Couple converts marshy land into an amazing animal sanctuary

By Jaana Hatton What do you do with a piece of wetland property that nobody wants because it’s too wet? You buy it for little money and turn it into a sanctuary for living beings of many kinds. At least, … Continue reading

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The kindness of strangers along the PCT

By on June 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The kindness of strangers along the PCT

Editor’s note: Hannah Kiser and Chelan Pauly — both 25-year-old Wenatchee High School alumni — are hiking the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. This is an installment written about a month after starting … Continue reading

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NOSE to NOSE with NATURE

By on June 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
NOSE to NOSE with NATURE

By Susan Rae Sampson Amanda scratches “NWNW” in the sand on the edge of the Wenatchee River, then surrounds the initials with a heart. She’s writing a love note to “NorthWest Nature Writing,” a Wenatchee Valley College outdoor class combining … Continue reading

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The Wave

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The Wave

By Lorna Rose As we swerved around orange cones and navigated construction zones, we couldn’t help but steal glances at the jagged and craggy Wasatch Mountains, still shrouded in white, rising above the city. Against the mountains the downtown buildings … Continue reading

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Coming back to rock climbing: Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Coming back to rock climbing:  Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

By Molly Steere I grew up backpacking with my family, but high school introduced new and unwholesome ways to spend my time and I stopped hiking. After college, I took the Mountaineers Basic Alpine Climbing Course, renewing my love for … Continue reading

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The reluctant environmentalist

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The reluctant environmentalist

By Lief Carlsen I’m no environmentalist. I’ve always thought recycling is a waste of time and I smell the strong odor of meddlesome Big Brother in all this talk of Global Warming and carbon footprints. That said, in one respect … Continue reading

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Gypsy wagons on vacation

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Gypsy wagons on vacation

Gypsy wagon builder Andrew Campbell of Plain took this photo in April of a couple of the tiny trailers while camping at Seep Lakes, near Warden, from the seat of a canoe. He says about the photo: “The canoe is … Continue reading

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Beauty and complexity of birds in our area

By on April 26, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Beauty and complexity of birds in our area

By Bruce McCammon These images are all derived from digital photographs using a variety of commercial software including Photoshop. They are part of a collection of local birds that I prepared for the North Central Washington Audubon group. Audubon is … Continue reading

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Bikepacking: Yes, it might seem odd, but the benefits are felt on the ground

By on April 26, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Bikepacking: Yes, it might seem odd, but the benefits are felt on the ground

Story and Photos by Andy Dappen “If any one passes us, they’re going to wonder whether we’re the two dumbest riders they’ve ever seen.” Gary Womeldorff, my riding partner, is mulling over the fact that we are not just riding … Continue reading

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Tom Potter: Learn river kayaking from the pro

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Tom Potter: Learn river kayaking from the pro

Whitewater kayaking has become an activity that I not only crave, but is also a sport that has introduced me to the small community of people who share a love for the river. It is hard to imagine where I … Continue reading

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Kayaker Tom Potter: ‘I landed in the frothy water a little off balance and flipped upside down’

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Kayaker Tom Potter: ‘I landed in the frothy water a little off balance and flipped upside down’

The first time I paddled Tumwater Canyon was on a frosty fall day. It was cold, gloomy and the river was at a healthy flow. I remember being so gripped, slowly working my way down river with some good friends … Continue reading

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Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By Tom Potter As winter nears its end and temperatures in the Wenatchee Valley start to rise, the snow pack of the Cascades begins melting into its respective drainages. While most see this as a simple transition of seasons, whitewater … Continue reading

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Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

By Steve Tidd Dr. Doug Milner is a tech-savvy dentist, who is always looking for ways to provide better care for his patients. His dental practice, Fibonacci Smile, employs 12 people, and is a bustling center of activity that anchors … Continue reading

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Doug Milner: ‘These moments are electrifying’

By Doug Milner I have so many fond memories from this last season of competing in triathlons with my girls. My favorite are centered around race day morning. In triathlon, like most endurance sports, you spend six to eight months … Continue reading

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Kicking Horse by the numbers

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Kicking Horse by the numbers

By Andy Dappen A low-snow winter two years back had me frustrated. Thanks to snowmaking, the home skiing at Mission Ridge had been tolerable but, frankly, most of the skiing around Washington was poor. North of the border in British … Continue reading

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50 year anniversary climb of Mount Adams

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
50 year anniversary climb of Mount Adams

By Dave Jaecks Fifty years ago — in August of 1966 — I was recently arrived in Washington and a total neophyte in mountaineering. So when fellow UW medical resident Karl Hammermeister suggested that I join him and his brother … Continue reading

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Citizen scientists

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
Citizen scientists

‘The power of collaboration’ as ordinary people lend to understanding of the world By Jaana Hatton If you are curious about the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees, you could ask Susan Ballinger. She knows a thing … Continue reading

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El Sendero Backcountry Film Festival

By on November 28, 2016 in Events, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments

Celebrates 12 years of the Snow Less Traveled DECEMBER 14, 2016 Wenatchee, Washington Numerica Performing Arts Center – 7pm Wenatchee, WA — Each year in December El Sendero hosts the Backcountry Film Festival. This year the Film Festival celebrates its … Continue reading

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Piano playing mountain man

By on October 26, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Piano playing mountain man

Story by Marlene Farrell Photo by Kevin Farrell Steve Morton doesn’t do anything halfway. Whether he’s playing piano before large crowds or going on a solo horse packing trip, he is driven by thoughtful intention, discipline, attention to detail and … Continue reading

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Camping solo

Camping solo

Story and photo By Molly Steere I tore up the gravel road leaving a trail of dust behind me, positively vibrating with a sense of adventure and escape. Yet I already had that familiar cold weight in my stomach that … Continue reading

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Is this another bad idea?

By on September 28, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
Is this another bad idea?

By Molly Steere As my husband, Toby, runs to the bathroom to throw up, I take another hit off my inhaler, pop some Sudafed, and come to terms with the fact that today will go down as another one of … Continue reading

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Coming up: Harvest fest Sept. 17

By on September 14, 2016 in Events, Outdoor Fun, Wine with 0 Comments

Downtown Wenatchee— Saturday, September 17th will mark the 15th anniversary of the annual downtown harvest festival. This fun filled community and family event will span three city blocks in downtown, from Wenatchee Ave and 2nd Street to Wenatchee Ave and … Continue reading

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