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Category: Outdoors
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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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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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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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

July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Your holiday weekend campfire (in a campground) is safe (so far)

The good news: So far, your Independence Day weekend campfire in a designated campground with fire rings is not in danger of being banned. But crackdowns are starting in dry areas east of the Cascades. In the past few days, these fire restrictions have been announced: No burning is allowed on state Department of Natural Resources-protected lands east…

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May 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Helicopter photo shows where Seattle skier died on Shuksan; body now recovered

Above is a photo of the area where a Seattle skier died in a fall caused by a snow slide Wednesday morning on Mount Shuksan, in North Cascades National Park, northeast of Bellingham. Here’s the text of a statement released Wednesday night from North Cascades National Park: “At 10:45 this morning, North Cascades National Park dispatch received a report…

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April 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

New trails add to fun as Tiger Mountain biking opens for season

Mountain-biking season opened over the weekend on Tiger Mountain, southeast of Issaquah, with a new 3-mile trail link extending the east Tiger Mountain trail system to 12 miles. The Washington Department of Natural Resources partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to construct the new Joy Ride Trail and a rerouted Silent Swamp Trail. Another new…

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April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s whale-watch season as grays visit Whidbey Island waters

The gray whales are here. This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way. The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last…

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Comments | More in Cruises, Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: Deception Pass Tours, gray whales, Langley Whale Center

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