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Fun stuff: Film festival celebrates 11 years of snow less traveled

By on November 25, 2015 in Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation, Videos with 0 Comments

By Gus Bekker The Backcountry Film Festival celebrates its 11th Anniversary with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Hosted by the Wenatchee-based nonprofit, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, the Backcountry … Continue reading

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Running in Hawaii

By Steve Tidd I am a “numbers guy” and this is how they added up. Two classmates from Waterville, 44 years as friends, 55 years of age, 13.1 miles of running, and 2,700 miles from the U.S. mainland on the … Continue reading

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3 friends, 3 days: A nature fix

By Molly Steere On a mid-October morning I found myself waiting in a dirt parking lot directly across from the Nason Creek rest stop on Highway Two. A fellow camper wandered over to introduce herself and, discovering my friends and … Continue reading

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Biking the Great Divide

By Lief Carlsen Bicycle touring has provided some of the best times of our lives but when a passing truck came within inches of sideswiping us in the hills of Southern California a year ago, we decided the risk outweighed … Continue reading

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FootGolf: What a kick!

By Molly Steere I had no idea the game even existed until I observed people regularly playing soccer on the fairways of Three Lakes Golf Course. Not one to miss out on any fun, I did a little research and … Continue reading

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200 miles: Pushing through the Bigfoot 200

By on September 30, 2015 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
200 miles: Pushing through the Bigfoot 200

By Selina Danko Things can get a little surreal when you are 180 miles into a 200-mile run, having been on the trail for more than 70 hours. Not everything you see is taken at face value at first. So … Continue reading

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Ahoy, Captain!

By on September 30, 2015 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments

By Phil Rasmussen Eight years was not my original plan. What started as a restoration of a derelict 1954 Chris Craft runabout became a personal crusade to turn a pile of rotten wood into something that would float. Though I … Continue reading

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Trail dog

Trail dog

By Lori Nitchals Recently my five-and-a-half year old yellow lab, Mijo, and I went on his first backpack with four members of my weekly 55-plus hiking group. I found Mijo at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society when he was 14 … Continue reading

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Where’s Rich?

Where’s Rich?

By Marlene Farrell Rich Brinkman had a decision to make. It was day eight of his Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) adventure — a hike that will take him more than five months to complete. He was tired from the last … Continue reading

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Solitude found at Lichtenwasser Lake

Solitude found at Lichtenwasser Lake

By Brad Brisbine The first lake north of Stevens Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail is popular Lake Valhalla, a fitting picture of its Norse namesake, Heaven. It is particularly lovely in autumn with its surrounding patchwork quilt of red … Continue reading

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Steven Gnam – A photographer’s tale

Steven Gnam – A photographer’s tale

By Andy Dappen Steven Gnam, a professional photographer and videographer, moved to Wenatchee in November 2014 because of his wife’s work at Northwest Justice Project. His magazine work, videos and his book Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies all … Continue reading

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Jacob’s travels

Jacob’s travels

By Jacob Hopkins Having just finished up three months of biblical studies and adventures in New Zealand, I pondered what traveling adventures lay before me. It was mid-December and the team’s schedule had our team going to Hampi, India for … Continue reading

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GET OUT! But first, duck into Pybus

GET OUT!  But first, duck into Pybus

By Andy Dappen What kind of nonsense is this… use National Outdoors Day (June 13) to go indoors so you can learn about the outdoors? The irony of this scheme is not lost on those of us who proselytize about … Continue reading

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Putting dogs and humans to the test

Putting dogs and humans to the test

By Katherine March Ask your friends what they want to do when they retire, and it would be rare to find any that tell you he/she wants to teach people how to put their dogs through tunnels, over teeter totters … Continue reading

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The DIRTBAG WAY in 9 easy steps

The DIRTBAG WAY in 9 easy steps

By Eron Drew Becoming a well-seasoned dirtbag is a skill acquired over years of intentional fun-seeking away from the boundaries of the urban corridor. Although it is best to start at a young age so that the intricacies of living … Continue reading

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Letting go

Letting go

By Rachel DiLorenzo “Middle-aged man falls from plane.” For “Brave Dave” Yancey, that’s an ideal headline for his newfound passion, skydiving. The fun began with daughters Jacqueline and Heather. Jacqueline gave her sister a Groupon for a first jump course … Continue reading

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Open season in the Sage Hills

Open season in the Sage Hills

  Editor’s note: With the April 1 opening of the Sage Hills trail just days away, we thought we’d run this story from a couple of years ago from the WenatcheeOutdoors website about how much fun a spring day run … Continue reading

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A dark hike to greet the sun on Saddle Rock

A dark hike to greet the sun on Saddle Rock

By Molly Steere When my friend Erin suggested a sunrise hike up Saddle Rock, I immediately loved the idea. Getting up early for an adventure feels like a privilege and holds a giddy anticipation for me. I’m weird like that. … Continue reading

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Dipping a toe into Belize

Dipping a toe into Belize

By Jessica Creel Some place easy to get to, English speaking with beautiful beaches I think was the original conversation. Hawaii is usually a first thought, but we decided we wanted something less familiar, something different, something unique. It was … Continue reading

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These are the good old days for local fishing

By on February 24, 2015 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
These are the good old days for local fishing

By Dave Graybill We’ve all heard the phrase: “Yeah, but in the good old days we really had it good.” It usually is spoken by someone who misses what they once had. An abundance of something that just isn’t as … Continue reading

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Photographer’s summer finds him hiking and shooting in the mountains

Photographer’s summer finds him hiking and shooting in the mountains

Backstory: Rhys Logan, who grew up in Waterville, wrote about how he is traveling the world by saying “yes” to opportunity and taking amazing photographs and vidoes. Quote from earlier story: “I’ve been charged by wild animals and seen more … Continue reading

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Stuck up a trail with a bulky motorcycle

By on November 25, 2014 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
Stuck up a trail with a bulky motorcycle

By Bill Landsborough I am a 70-year-old adventurist and am always planning an outdoor excursion of hiking, mountain bicycling, kayaking, motorcycling or Jeeping here in the great north central paradise called Wenatchee. On a fine August day this year I … Continue reading

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Pretty enough for a nature calendar

Pretty enough for a nature calendar

A photo contest to show the beauty of the Wenatchee River valley has resulted in 12 photos that will be displayed on the  2015 Picture the Wenatchee Watershed Stewardship calendar. The Picture the Wenatchee Watershed Stewardship Campaign was a collaborative … Continue reading

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A family takes to the water

A family takes to the water

By Marlene Farrell Last spring I wasn’t yet even aboard the Hale Kai, 41-foot sailboat, but I was already queasy. I had huddled over sailing manuals the whole drive from Leavenworth to the Bellingham marina. I quizzed my husband, Kevin, … Continue reading

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Canoeing the Yukon for a mental breath of fresh air

Canoeing the Yukon for a mental breath of fresh air

By Cindy Duncan The early non-native North American attitude of the wilderness was an attitude that saw the wilderness as something that needed to be tamed — a place to fear, filled with wickedness and threatening spirits; a barrier to … Continue reading

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Have a Blast in 2015

“Let’s Have a Blast in 2015!” is the motto of an Independence Day Celebration Committee that has been formed to plan and raise funding for a patriotic celebration of our country’s independence for the next several years, beginning July 4, … Continue reading

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NCW’s annual Ski Swap is Oct. 18

NCW’s largest ski swap is back for another year. This can’t miss annual event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18in the gym of Orchard Middle School in Wenatchee (1024 Orchard Street) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Traditionally, lines … Continue reading

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Let’s rock Guano Rocks

Let’s rock Guano Rocks! Greetings! This Saturday,  Oct. 4, the Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club is holding its annual Guano Rocks Regatta at Lincoln Rock State Park. This fun regatta – it includes a barbecue – is open to the … Continue reading

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Taking a family into the wilds of Vancouver Island

Taking a family into the wilds of Vancouver Island

STORY by Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell We broke through the forest edge to the welcoming sight of the ocean. The expanse of white sand was crisscrossed with tracks. The wolf and bear tracks went our way, down the … Continue reading

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Buck Creek Pass blister

Buck Creek  Pass blister

By Brad Brisbine This was a repeat of a place I had been to in 1978. I’m happy to say that it was better than I remember. Len Lamb, Justin Weedman and I left town after work Thursday prior to … Continue reading

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