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Finding Gold on Mt. Shuksan

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Minutes are just the tick of a clock, all-encompassing and then gone forever. The accumulation of these moments defines our lives and who we are; they are the ingredients that make up our story. Wherever I stand in the world, from the streets of Berlin to the peaks of New Zealand or with the Indian Ocean washing upon my feet ... Read More »

A Quiet Night in Winter’s Embrace

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The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of only one thing and one thing only.  - Joseph Wood Krutch As always, the process of choosing a destination was a struggle. We had finagled a weekend where our party of five could all get away together for ... Read More »

Angeli VanLaanen: From Mount Baker to Sochi

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Every adventurer and athlete has to deal with setbacks due to injury or illness. Whether it’s a head cold during a summit bid or an ankle sprain that sidelines you for weeks, it’s frustrating and difficult.  Freestyle skier and Olympic hopeful Angeli VanLaanen knows this all too well. She endured years of living with an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease ... Read More »

Skate Skiing the Methow

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Brown’s farm vanishes from sight as you turn left along the Methow River and disappear into trees and rolling hills.  The only sound is the crunch of perfectly groomed snow under your skate skis and the air rushing from your lungs as you glide over the Twalks-Foster suspension bridge on your way to exploring 120 miles of groomed trails that ... Read More »

Snowshoeing in Paradise: A Pilgrimage to Artist Point

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  Story and photos by John D’Onofrio   A blessing…and a curse. Here in the ragged northwest we are blessed with some of the most dramatic mountains in the world.  The peaks are sharp against the sky, wild fangs of rock and ice.  The weather has had its way with them and they are shaped and chiseled by its ferocity ... Read More »

Avoiding Hypothermia: Stay Warm in Winter’s Embrace

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by JoAnn Roe     How often have you said, while shivering on a cold ski slope, “oh, well, I have thin skin from living in a warm place. I’ll get used to it.” True, your body does make changes to accommodate temperature and altitude, but not instantly. You need to be aware of how the body protects itself from ... Read More »

Snowshoe Season is Almost Here: Six Trips for Winter Fun

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by John D’Onofrio With winter knocking on the door, it’s time to start thinking about getting the snowshoes down and planning some fun in the snow. The Mount Baker Highway (WA 542) provides convenient access to a number of wonderful and scenic adventures west of the mountain. Here are a half dozen options – all accessed from a 20-mile long ... Read More »

Cascadian Rhythms: Commitment on Glacier Peak

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Story & photos by Drew Lovell Some have said that the thirtieth year can be an auspicious time in a person’s life. A time when the confidence in one’s path is either affirmed or destroyed. A year when the need for discernment can arise within one’s consciousness. For me, it was a hard year, a good year, a tumultuous year. Witnessing death ... Read More »

Facing the Fall Line: Uncertainty, Gravity and Love

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Story & photos by Abby Sussman My love for skiing began with a story. This was before I knew what it felt like to float on powder, before I stepped into free-heel bindings, before I knew what “off-piste” meant. My infatuation with finding the rhythm to link one turn with another began with a story given to me by an ex-boyfriend ... Read More »