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Category: Outdoors
August 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Cascade River Road work delayed, so head for the hills

A couple rests after hiking to Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) 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…

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July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

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

Jim Whittaker atop Everest in 1963. He’ll likely be dressed in something cooler on Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Nawang Gombu) 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…

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July 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Memorial for outdoors writer Karen Sykes is Monday

Karen Sykes (AP photo) 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…

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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)

Members of Everett Mountain Rescue lead Kelly Jackson’s climbing party from Camp Schurman on Mount Rainier. (courtesy of Everett Mountain Rescue) 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…

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July 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Olympic park’s Madison Falls Trail closed for improvements

Madison Falls is in the Elwha Valley of Olympic National Park. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) 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…

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July 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Free map helps visitors find way to Darrington — to help it recover

Whitehorse Mountain dominates the skyline above Darrington. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times) If you’re still looking for ideas for the holiday weekend, consider some recreation around a town that is really welcoming visitors this summer: Darrington. A new map and brochure — offered online as well as in a print version — can help you find…

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July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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

Burning restrictions are being imposed in parts of the state, but campfires in designated campgrounds are OK for the holiday weekend. (photo by Betty Udesen/The Seattle Times) 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…

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May 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

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

A photo taken through the windscreen of a helicopter shows the north face of Mount Shuksan in the area where the fatal snow slide occurred. (Courtesy North Cascades National Park) 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…

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April 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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

(photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) 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…

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