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Hooked on mountain biking

By on March 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Hooked on mountain biking

By Molly Steere I barrel down the trail, pedaling frantically between obstacles, holding my breath over drops, avoiding jagged rocks that look like teeth ready to tear up my legs, and desperately hoping I make the corner this time. I’m … Continue reading

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Yes, there is a   sun in winter

By on January 31, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Yes, there is a   sun in winter

By Travis Knoop It would seem, at least so far, that Old Man Winter is having a hard time committing to the season in NCW. We’ve had a variety of snow, freezing rain, plain ‘ol rain, bitter cold and my … Continue reading

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Sharing winged magic

By on January 31, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sharing winged magic

Color blind, but not blind to nature’s feathered beauty By Jaana Hatton When you marvel at the sharp, capture-the-moment bird photos of hobbyist photographer Bruce McCammon, you would never guess he is color-blind. Not in a million years. His images … Continue reading

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Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By on December 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By Joe Anderson The snow in the mountains in late November started me dreaming about snowshoe trekking. I got so excited I went in the garage, dusted off my snowshoes, poles and hiking boots as I anticipated another huge snow … Continue reading

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Climbing frozen water

By on November 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Climbing frozen water

By Heidi Swoboda I generally have the memory recall of a gnat. However, I have crystal clear snippets of mountain visions in my head. Visions of plastic blue Canadian ice, of standing in chest deep snow beneath the drip… Grinning … Continue reading

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A runner’s ultra revenge: Take that, ex-girlfriend

By on November 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A runner’s ultra  revenge: Take that, ex-girlfriend

By Danielle Worley At first running was all about revenge for Ed Henley. He had a girlfriend who ran and when she broke up with him, “I decided to run, too, and I was going to be the best and … Continue reading

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Winning photos make a natural calendar

By on November 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Winning photos make a natural calendar

The winners have been selected and the calendar printed for the natural resources photo contest that combines appreciation for the environment with the artistic talent of local photographers. The contest is sponsored by The Chelan County Clean Water Campaign, a collaborative … Continue reading

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A serendipitous fall hike into Lake Valhalla

By on October 25, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A serendipitous fall hike into Lake Valhalla

By Brad Brisbine We cherish our annual fall hike. The colors can enrich our souls until spring (boosted mid-winter with uncut powder on Wenatchee Mountain). Yellow-green, gold, orange and red. All there for our enjoyment; if we “get out.” My … Continue reading

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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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