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John Scurlock: Beyond the Horizon

Whitehorse Mountain's north face at sunset.

All my life I’ve been attracted to aviation, photography and travel in wild, remote regions. Prior to building my plane, a Van’s RV6, I climbed and backpacked extensively in the North Cascades, but soon realized that I could use the plane as a platform for exploring it photographically and began doing so in late 2002. I became obsessed with that ... Read More »

Hiking In My Dad’s Hundred-Year-Old Bootprints

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Over a hundred years ago, at age 28, my dad raced to the summit of Mount Baker and back to win the 1911 Mount Baker Marathon, considered America’s first mountain endurance race. On an October day in 2015, with my 80th birthday looming, I hoped to honor his memory by hiking a portion of  the trail he ran. My sisters ... Read More »

The Quiet Joys of Huntoon Point

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The journey to Huntoon Point on a winter’s day, when measured in miles, is very short. A mere three miles separate you from the clamor and bustle of the parking lot and the spirit-lifting hush of this magical destination. And it’s easy too. You’ll climb a scant 1200 feet along the way with only a few short steep bits, and ... Read More »

Grant Gunderson: Capturing the Heart of Winter

Zack Giffin, Paul Kimbraugh, Matt Steinman ski toruing out the Shuskan Arm

Growing up in Washington, I have been very fortunate to have been able to spend my entire life in the mountains. As a professional photographer, I am now be able to travel the world to search out the best powder and the best trails yet I am constantly reminded that we really do have the best of it all right here ... Read More »

Going the Distance: Bellingham Bay to Baker – and Back

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The journey really began nearly a year ago when I didn’t complete the 108-mile never-been-done-before run from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Mount Baker and back on foot. Bad weather didn’t permit a summit attempt that day but three runners had success a few weeks later. Dan Probst, who has spent the better part of the last three years ... Read More »

The High Divide: Walking the Green Horizon

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The High Divide, that long sinuous ridge that stretches from Excelsior Peak to Welcome Pass has long been a favorite autumn backpacking destination. I’ve spent some glorious October days and nights on the Divide when the sweeping alpine meadows are positively lurid with the golds, reds and yellows of the season. But my visits in mid-summer flower season have been ... Read More »

An Eye for Alpenglow: The Photography of Don Geyer

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I’ve been fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest nearly all my life.  I started enjoying our spectacular outdoors as an avid hiker, backpacker, and eventually climber.  I was introduced to photography during this time, and there was no looking back.  My camera went everywhere with me, and soon dictated my destinations more so than any climbing objectives.  I’ve enjoyed ... Read More »

Sophia’s First

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The partially occluded, but dramatic view of Mt. Shuksan catches me by surprise. The hike thus far had been shrouded by the dense second-growth forest, squelching any hope of finding any inspiring mountain views. I point out the view to my daughter Sophia, who has followed me to the river to get water. “Ooh, pretty,” she says, and quickly refocuses, ... Read More »

The Magic of the Equinox: Photography by Buff Black

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Of the two equinoxes – spring and fall – it’s the time around the autumnal equinox that I seem to photograph more.  As summer hands off to fall, and the kids are back in school, my ‘backcountry brethren’ and I head to the North Cascades for our annual backpack adventure. It’s an egalitarian time of the year, with all the world having the same ... Read More »

The Wildflower Gardens of Skyline Divide

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Each summer there are a few weeks when Skyline Divide may be the most beautiful place on earth. It is at this time – the apex of summer – that the wildflower gardens carpeting the Divide burst forth in a display of alpine color that is among the best in the North Cascades. The trail meanders along the ridge, offering ... Read More »