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“Northern Limits” Presentation at Backcountry Essentials

  by John D’Onofrio with Caroline Van Hemert. Photos by Patrick Farrell.   Imagine taking six months out of your life. Quitting your job. Finding a cat sitter. And then imagine setting off on an adventure through the mostly-untouched wilderness of British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and Alaska. No car. No powerboat. No machine at all. Imagine …

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Chasing Ice: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Climate Change is an idea that is difficult to internalize. We can mourn the polar bears (as surely, we eventually will) and get it, intellectually, that not only do we face serious challenges in the coming years, we face them today. Still, it’s hard to grok, to take it in. It’s a downer, for sure. The subject has gotten short …

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Glacier Rescue on Ruth Mountain: A Survivor’s Story

Story by Jefferson L. Morriss Photos by Jefferson L. Morriss and Anthony Fiorillio   Blackness. The feeling of something wet streaming down from my head. Cold all around me. Bleak, indistinguishable forms starting to move near me. Consciousness starting to wake me. Where was I? You hear about people falling into crevasses, but I never thought I’d experience one firsthand. It …

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San Juan Trust Expands Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Acquisition Protects Entire Ridgeline, Provides Public Access to Turtlehead   The San Juan Preservation Trust has acquired a property on Orcas Island that will add more than 140 acres to the Turtleback Mountain Preserve and permanently protect the entire ridgeline of the mountain. The iconic turtle-shaped profile of Turtleback Mountain is recognizable from throughout the San Juan archipelago. It was …

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1st Annual Methow Valley Off-Road Duathlon set for Oct. 28th

After a postponement due to smoky skies as a result of forest fires on the east side of the North Cascades, the 1st Annual Methow Valley Off-Road Duathlon is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 28th. The race, which starts at 9 AM, will be held at the iconic Sun Mountain resort on the MVSTA trail system, near Winthrop, …

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Mountain Runners Film Nominated for Grand Prix Graz 2012

Bellingham Filmmaker Hits the Festival Circuit The Mountain Runners, a feature documentary released this year that tells the amazing story of the Mount Baker Marathon has been nominated for “Grand Prix Graz 2012” award and the “Alpine Camera in Gold” award at the 24th International Mountain & Adventure film festival in Graz, Austria. This festival, which runs from Nov. 9-12, …

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Squalicum Yacht Club Turns 75: Cruising the San Juans since 1937

The venerable Squalicum Yacht Club, a fixture in the boating community of the northern Puget Sound region turns 75 this month. The club was formed on September 29th, 1937 as the Bellingham Boater’s Association (BBOA), organized to help create safe moorage in Bellingham Bay. Eventually a large part of a new moorage facility in Fairhaven was leased to the BBOA …

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Preservation vs. Recreation: Tense Times at Glacier Peak

|| story by John D’Onofrio || photos by or courtesy of John D’Onofrio || Ah, wilderness! The open country, uncrossed by roads. The silence, unbroken by the clamor of machines. Here in the Great Northwest, wilderness is a cherished concept, a chance to refresh our souls and recharge our psychic batteries. But what is wilderness exactly? And what is our …

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