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Cat Skiing for Powder Hounds


By Peter Schroeder Cheaper than heli-skiing and easier than trudging into the backcountry, snowcat skiing is a great way to break out beyond the ski-area boundaries and get into powdery terrain far from civilization. If you’re new to ’cat skiing, know some key pointers before setting out. Getting Ready You don’t have to be an [...]

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Features , Snowsports

Sun Valley at 75


Sun Valley, the opulent jewel of northwest skiing, has finally added the one high-end amenity it has been missing: a gondola. In celebration of the resort’s 75th season this year, the new Roundhouse Gondola will whisk passengers 2,000 vertical feet up the flanks of Bald Mountain in a mere eight minutes.

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Snowsports , Travel

Winter birding takes off


Never underestimate the power of winter birding. We’ve found it well worth the chill, layers of clothing and hot drinks to enjoy flocks of migratory birds, the hoots of owls and the thrill of discovering an uncommon avian visitor.

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Misc , Travel

Bike Swapper: Swapping Fear for a Bicycle


Years ago, I was afraid to ride my bike in the city. I was afraid to ride it in the rain. I was afraid to ride in the dark. The list went on and on. I was paralyzed by the fear of doing something new, unfamiliar, and not in my immediate control.

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Cycling , Features

Sports Medicine Preventing Cycling Injuries in the Fall Season

Cycling is a wonderful activity if we can stay healthy on the bike. During the Fall season, I typically see an increase in bike-related overuse injuries as cyclists attempt to stretch their season.

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Cycling , Features , Fitness

Wellington: The 1910 Stevens Pass Avalanche Tragedy


A 1910 avalanche swept down Windy Mountain and destroyed two stalled Great Northern trains

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Features , Hiking , Home , Misc , Recent Articles , Snowsports

Outdoor Gear for Women


Deuter Futura 24SL: Deuter’s packs have a reputation for comfort and breathability, and the Futura 24SL is no exception. Also: Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Vest, Therm-a-Rest Women’s ProLite™ Plus, and more!

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Features , Gear Reviews , Reviews

Book Reviews January 2009


Tuck in with some good reads this winter. Books Reviewed by Sarah Wyatt including: Camping in Comfort By Lynn Haney, Seattle By Joel W. Rogers, Walking The Gobi By Helen Thayer, and more . . .

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Book Reviews , Features , Reviews

Campfire Tips


Campfires are one of the pleasures of camping in the woods, but along with the cozy campfire comes the responsibility to make sure it is COMPLETELY out before leaving the campsite…

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Camping , Features , Hiking

Our Ecological Boot Print

Seattle’s Rachel Matthews sets up camp on Lopez Island in the San Juans.

What better way to escape the torrent of depressing environmental news than to incorporate low-impact, leave-no-trace, hiking and camping principles into the adventure of a hearty mountain saunter…

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Camping , Features