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Get Wet: Swim Tips for Triathlon Training

April 24, 2017

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Tips and tactics to learn for successful racing

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Get Wet: Annual Polar Bear Plunges, Dips and Dives

December 16, 2016

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It’s that time of year for Polar Bear Plunges!

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Round the Rock SUP Race VIDEO!

September 21, 2016

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The 8th annual Round the Rock SUP Race Sept. 17

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Seeking Adventure from Mt. Baker to Lake Chelan

July 18, 2016

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From Wild to Refined in the North Cascades

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North Cascades Institute turns 30

June 29, 2016

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Education and Adventure in the Wild

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Kiteboard for Cancer founder Tonia Farman

June 20, 2016

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Tonia Farman’s younger brother charged her with a promise before he died.

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Athletes for Cancer

June 18, 2016

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Help cancer survivors rebuild their lives.

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Get Wet: Preparing for Open Water Swimming

June 16, 2016

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Four easy tips to prepare you for open-water swimming

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Waterproof Guidebooks to Tillamook County Water Trail

June 6, 2016

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Tillamook County Water Trails offers four waterproof guidebooks.

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Kayaking the San Juans’ Marine Trail

June 2, 2016

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This ocean “trail” links campsites at Henry Island, Jones Island and beyond

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The 2016 OutdoorsNW Spring “Water Edition” is now online!

May 9, 2016

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Our newest digital edition is now just a click away!

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Best Places to Paddle Puget Sound

May 8, 2016

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Ken Campbell’s top five locations from Olympia to the San Juans

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Get Wet: Braving the Open Water

April 24, 2016

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Conquer your fears with these three tips

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Paddling (safely) in a Winter Wonderland

February 16, 2016

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Our new column: GET WET! By Heather Nelson

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New Year Plunges, Dips and Dives

December 15, 2015

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Our schedule of several plunges, dips, or dives planned for Jan. 1, 2016 and more!

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Open-water safety tips for swimmers

June 9, 2015

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Although open-water swimming ranks as one of the most refreshing of sports, it is inherently dangerous.

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National Water Trails Festival and Dedication Ceremony – June 27

June 7, 2015

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Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails will officially be inducted in a ceremony from 1–3 p.m., June 27

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Editor’s Note: A life-long love affair

May 21, 2015

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My initiation into a life-long love affair with white water river rafting.

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NW Kids: River rafting for Families on the Rogue River

May 19, 2015

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With a split personality of tranquility and whitewater, the Rogue has something for everyone

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Idaho River Rafting

May 18, 2015

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It’s time to pack your waterproof bags for Idaho

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Bringing Lolita Home!

May 11, 2015

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Forty-five years after she was seized, Lolita remains the sole surviving captive orca from the SRKW population

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Be a Whale-Wise Kayaker

May 11, 2015

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Watching whales from a kayak is one of the most enjoyable activities people can do

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Paddling Festivals in Washington

April 17, 2015

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Tacoma paddler Ken Campbell will keynote this year’s Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival

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NW Kids: Fun runs and tri’s kids love

April 8, 2015

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Running and cycling as a family reinforces key values I want to instill in my kids

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Polar Bear Swims

November 20, 2014

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Nothing says “Happy New Year” quite like a brisk polar bear swim in winter waters

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Sports Medicine: Keeping Kayak-Fit Year Round

October 22, 2014

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Lucky you! You have decided to get out your kayak and spend the day on one of the many beautiful bodies of water surrounding us in the Pacific Northwest.

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Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Receives National Designation!

September 29, 2014

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Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails earned its official National Water Trail designation in June

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New-Wave Paddle Sport Reaches San Juan Island

July 3, 2014

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Recent summers have seen a relentless rise in the popularity of the paddleboard on San Juan.

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Brandon Nelson: World-Record Flat Water Kayaker

July 2, 2014

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After leaving high school, Nelson found his passion as a whitewater river guide and extreme river kayaker.

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NW Kids: Top 5 Lakes

June 30, 2014

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Ah, the quintessential Northwest summer vacation: take the kids, pack the car, set up camp and just add water.

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The Stillaguamish Valley offers world-class outdoor recreation

June 18, 2014

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Rafting, hiking, climbing and unbelievable backcountry . . .

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NW Kids: Small Ship Cruising in the Northwest

June 17, 2014

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My definition of cruising changed last year when my family and I experienced a small ship cruise with Alaskan Dream Cruises.

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BeWild Speaker and Film Series

April 15, 2014

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You are invited to the 2014 BeWild Speaker and Film Series at the Mountaineers!

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GEAR Up for Adventure April 26-27

April 8, 2014

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The GEAR Up Expo is back for its second year to help you get the best experiences and outdoor gear

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Paddle Kitsap Aug. 10 and 11

August 5, 2013

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The newest addition to the Cascadia Marine Trail is making a splash as the Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) has recently added the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails as an official segment to its national scenic trail . . .

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Profile: Mike Passo

June 4, 2013

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He’s in a wheelchair, but that’s not what draws attention to Mike Passo. It’s his athletic attributes that stand out.

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Pick up your low cost life jacket

May 13, 2013

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The Seattle Parks Department and Seattle Children’s Hospital have teamed up to offer low-cost life jackets

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New Years Day 2013 Polar Bear Swims

December 14, 2012

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For those who like a brisk start to the new year, there are a host of Polar Bear Swims at a variety of locations around the Northwest.

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Weekender: House on Metolius

November 12, 2012

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As an outdoors-loving Oregonian, it shames me to admit that until spending a long weekend hiking and fishing from its shores, I had never heard of the Metolius River or the resort property that shares its name, the House on Metolius

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Escapes: Leavenworth

September 12, 2012

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Leavenworth: Four seasons of outdoor adventures By Roddy Scheer Photo at right: Rafters cool off with a slow float down the Icicle River in Leavenworth. Photo by Carolyn Price The faux Bavarian village of Leavenworth, a half hour drive east of Stevens Pass, is a year-round destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Though many think of it [...]

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Paddlepaloozas!

June 13, 2012

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Summer is almost here and the water is calling. The Northwest boasts unparalleled opportunities for gliding over water. With H2O in almost every direction, it’s time to start exploring those blue sections of the map.

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Women’s Charity Events

September 9, 2011

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They don whimsical costumes and a sign letting everyone know who they are: Chemosabes. Amy McGraw, a Seattle elementary school teacher said the Chemosabes are her recruits of family and colleagues who participate with her in the annual Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day for the Cure walk in Seattle . . .

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SUP: Catch a Wave

September 8, 2011

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Depending on who you talk to, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a fad, a sport, an exercise routine or just another way to enjoy the water. It might have been started by big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton less than 20 years ago or it could be something the old-time Waikiki beach boys did, back in the misty, sepia-toned days before Hawaii became the 50th State.

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SUP: Tips

September 8, 2011

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Take a lesson. A good instructor will teach you how to carry the board, give you tips on gear, show you how to stand up, teach you about water and boating safety, and demonstrate basic directional control strokes such as going forward, backward, sideways and stopping.

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SUP: WaSUP? A first-timer’s SUP launch

September 8, 2011

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The Midwest gets a bad rap when it comes to outdoor adventure. Rarely do you see adrenaline junkie articles about white water rafting, extreme climbing, downhill skiing or extreme water sports based in the middle states.

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Escapes: Rafting the Rogue

September 7, 2011

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”Swimmer,” shouted our guide, James. Twenty feet upstream, a figure submerged under a flipped kayak. Split seconds passed, a bright yellow helmet shot to the surface above the fast-flowing 60-degree water. Flinging himself onto his kayak, Charlie, age 14, smiled and yelled, “Cool, I flipped!”

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Brent Rice Memorial Swim Video

August 2, 2011

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See Justin Moser explaining why he created the Brent Rice Memorial Swim event in tribute to his friend and mentor.

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Summer Book Reviews 2011

July 25, 2011

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Craig Romano’s Backpacking Washington, Also, The Tour de France continues! Read Amy Snyder’s book, Hell on Two Wheels as she recounts the 2009 race. The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell, and more!

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Aquacaching 101

July 18, 2011

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Imagine sitting on the side of your kayak, bracing yourself for a dive into the water below. Once you get past the initial shock of the chilly water, you peer into the darkness, searching for anything unusual.

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Bellingham

April 12, 2011

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Eschewing the grand sight of Mount Baker to the best of my ability, I crouched into a tall boulder on Sucia Island known as “the birth canal.” I soon learned the reason for this odd nomenclature as I scaled its internal slippery walls…

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