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August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Flash-flood worries close campground near Leavenworth, while campfire restrictions eased

On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles northwest of Leavenworth, because of predicted rains and the potential for flash floods this weekend. The closure was effective as of noon Friday. The campground will remain closed for the season. The campground…

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Comments | Topics: Chiwaukum Creek fire, Labor Day weekend, Leavenworth camping

August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, Northwest, weekend getaways, wildfires | Topics: Labor Day, Methow Valley, weekend ideas

August 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Cascade River Road work delayed, so head for the hills

If you had canceled your annual fall hike to North Cascades National Park’s Cascade Pass because of the pending closure of the Cascade River Road, go ahead and make plans after all. The national park announced Wednesday that a major repair that would have meant a long closure this fall of the road’s last three miles…

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Comments | Topics: Cascade Pass, Cascade River Road, North Cascades National Park

August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Three bodies recovered on Rainier, believed to be from May accident

Mount Rainier National Park staff said on Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of three climbers believed killed in a late-May fall from Liberty Ridge, on the mountain’s north side. Identification is pending by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. A total of six climbers were lost in Rainier’s worst climbing accident since the early 1980s. No…

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Comments | Topics: bodies recovered, climbing accident, Liberty Ridge accident

July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Jim Whittaker to join Wednesday fundraiser for Rainier search-and-rescue

If you read here recently about Kelly Jackson’s fundraising zeal after his rescue from an ill-fated climb of Mount Rainier, and were thinking of attending his West Seattle fundraiser Wednesday, here’s maybe another reason to go: Meet every Northwest climber’s idol, Jim Whittaker. Whittaker will be there selling and signing books and posters, with proceeds…

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Comments | Topics: Jim Whittaker, Kelly Jackson, Mount Rainier rescue

July 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Memorial for outdoors writer Karen Sykes is Monday

A public memorial service for outdoors writer and photographer Karen Sykes, who perished on a Mount Rainier hike last month, will be Monday, July 14, at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. Sykes wrote for several publications (including a popular trail column for the Seattle P-I and outdoors stories for The Seattle Times), contributed…

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Comments | Topics: karen sykes, Karen Sykes memorial, The Mountaineers

July 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Should climbers pay for their rescue? Here’s one who’s ‘paying it forward’ (Take our poll)

Should rescued climbers be billed for their rescue? It’s a question that can generate more heat than a steam vent atop Mount Rainier. You might consider the case of Kelly Jackson, of Maple Valley, who was rescued from the mountain last August. Jackson, then 43, and four friends — all but one first-timers — topped the…

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Comments | Topics: mount rainier, mount rainier national park, rescue billing

July 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Olympic park’s Madison Falls Trail closed for improvements

The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail in Olympic National Park’s Elwha Valley has closed to public entry for three weeks beginning Monday.  Park trail crews and volunteers will make significant improvements to the trail, including construction of a new rock retaining wall, installation of new railings and trail surface, and replanting of the work area. This…

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Comments | More in national parks, Northwest, Olympic National Park, Outdoors, Parks | Topics: elwha valley, Madison Falls, olympic national park

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