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April 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Two Washington climbers finalists for prestigious ‘Golden Ice Axe’

Two Washington climbers are just returning from France and Italy, where they were finalists for the prestigious Piolet d’Or (French for “Golden Ice Axe”), a juried climbing award given by the French magazine Montagnes (“Mountains”) and The Groupe de Haute Mantagne since 1991. The award recognizes a particular mountain climb for originality, innovative nature of the…


0 Comments | Topics: climbing awards, Golden Ice Axe, mountaineering

April 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Should boarders be forbidden at ski slope?

The winter-sports season is winding down, but the debate over a Utah ski resort that forbids snowboarders is heating up. A lawsuit against the Alta ski resort has ended up in federal court, with snowboarders saying they’re being discriminated against on public lands (Alta has a permit to use U.S. Forest Service land, like many ski areas). Alta says it has the right,…


0 Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Alta ski resort, boarders, skiers

April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

National-forest recreation pass now sold online

Getting ready to head to the hills as the snow melts? The U.S. Forest Service now sells its one-day recreation pass for Washington and Oregon national forests online   – and a pass is required for parking at many trailheads and Forest Service sites. The National Forest Recreation ePass is being sold online, as of April 1,  through…


0 Comments | More in national forests, recreation pass | Topics: Discover Your Northwest, U.S. Forest Service

March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:


0 Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

It’s officially spring, and Skagit Valley is officially full of daffodils

Happy first day of spring (which began at 9:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday). If you need a life-affirming outing that will truly convince you it’s spring, head for the Skagit Valley, where daffodil fields are near full bloom, according to the official bloom map on, the website for Mount Vernon-based Washington…


0 Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: bloom map, daffodils, first day of spring

March 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Taking stock, and celebrating, Seattle tourism

Visit Seattle, the city’s marketing organization, held its annual meeting Tuesday and highlighted everything from the Seattle Seahawks to international visitors and the release of a new video celebrating the city. The nonprofit group also released its 2014 annual report, emphasizing the economic importance of vacation and business travel to Seattle and King County. Among the…


0 Comments | More in Seattle tourism, Tourism industry | Topics: visit seattle

March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Happy birthday, state parks: Get in free Wednesday (or buy a pass and help save them)

Help celebrate the 101st birthday of Washington State Parks on Wednesday. Admission to all state parks is free for the day, a nice thing if you can’t afford a Discover Pass, usually required for entry. But here’s another idea. You know how fire departments have made the change to daylight saving time into a “replace the…


0 Comments | Topics: Discover Pass, state parks anniversay, state parks budget

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