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Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Hike of the Week: Eagle Point, ONP

Hike of the Week: Eagle Point, ONP

Winter hiking on webbed feet It’s hard to set-aside a part of your life for four or five months. That could explain why snowshoeing has become such a popular pursuit. Summer hikers, tired of hanging up their packs and boots when the first snow falls, have found that snowshoes let them extend their favorite past [Continued...]

Avalanche kills 3 skiers near Stevens Pass; 1 snowboarder dies at Alpental

Avalanche kills 3 skiers near Stevens Pass; 1 snowboarder dies at Alpental

Three fatalities have been confirmed by the King County Sheriffs office as a result of an avalanche near Stevens Pass today. Another fatality occurred earlier today at Alpental when a snowboarder reportedly plunged off a cliff. Details at this time are sketchy, but early reports suggest the avalanche in the Stevens Pass area occurred on [Continued...]

Snowshoeing 101: tips for winter adventurers

Snowshoeing 101: tips for winter adventurers

Halfway up the ridge leading to Skyline Lake near Stevens Pass, a heavy snowdrift sat as a near-vertical 4-foot wall in our path. Climbers would simply kick the toe of their boots deep into the face of the drift, plunge their ax in and climb the small wall of snow. But what about snowshoers? Turns [Continued...]

New Years in Pictures

A cold, sunny weekend brought a lot of grins to the ruddy faces of a dozen friends who gathered at Hay Canyon Ranch to ring in the New Year. Enjoy the pictures here: [Continued...]

REVIEW: Getting on board – Outfitting the new snowboarder

REVIEW: Getting on board – Outfitting the new snowboarder

First published in the Seattle Times, NW Weekend section on November, 18,2010 Initial excursions into the snow are best done on rental gear, but once you decide to actively pursue snowboarding, it makes sense to grab your own gear. Fortunately, the gear you need as a beginner can be used and enjoyed well into intermediate [Continued...]

Outdoors women seek snow fun

First published in the Seattle Times, NW Weekend section on November, 18,2010 Seeing Shannon Meshke blast down the slope, I marveled at the fact this was just her second time on a snowboard. Shannon, a 16-year-old skateboard enthusiast from Puyallup, embraced the opportunity to jump into the snow last winter. “I love it. There’s so [Continued...]

Gear Review: Stay dry during early hiking season

Gear Review: Stay dry during early hiking season

(First published in Seattle Times NW Weekend March 10, 2010) It seems spring has arrived early in Western Washington this year, which means we’ll have a longer hiking season in the Cascades. Folks who want to get an early jump on the hiking season need to be prepared for cold, wet conditions. Fortunately, a couple [Continued...]

SNOW: Crampons and gaiters help hiker stay upright and dry

SNOW: Crampons and gaiters help hiker stay upright and dry

Not all winter recreationists want to play in the snow. Even those of us who enjoy skiing and snowshoeing want a change of pace. We just want to hike during the long winter months. But even hikers who prefer not to resort to snowshoes or skis will run into snow and ice at times. Crampons [Continued...]

Could this be Layla’s Uncle?