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Trail Running: A Celebration of Body and Soul – An Interview with Abram Dickerson

Two years ago Abram Dickerson had a big idea. The previous autumn he had completed a 34 mile run on the Copper Ridge Loop —a spectacularly scenic trail in North Cascades National Park — and the experience had left him wanting more. So Dickerson, a transplant to the Pacific Northwest from northern California, created Aspire Adventure Running, an organization dedicated ... Read More »

Alan Majchrowicz: Solitude and Wildflowers

Recently I made a five-day backpacking trip to one of my all-time favorite areas in the North Cascades—Image Lake, located high on Miner’s Ridge in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. For me, this is one of the classic views of mountains and lakes in the Northwest, rivaled only by a few other spots such as Picture Lake/Mount Shuksan and Tipso Lake/Mount ... Read More »

Hike the Wonderland Trail This Summer

Mount Rainier’s backcountry might be a little less crowded this summer, thanks to a technological snafu. A power outage during a storm last March destroyed the backcountry permit reservation system for Mount Rainier National Park. In effect, those backcountry camping spots that had been reservable – up to 70 percent – are now available when you come to the park ... Read More »

The Ice Caverns of Mt. Rainier: Bill Lokey Dives Deep

Most adventurers struggle mightily to reach a summit peak or a distant destination in some wild and forbidding place. Once there, they can enjoy the view, snap some photos, snack on some granola bars, and revel in the satisfaction of a job well done. Then, after a short interlude, it’s time to head on back from whence you came. …Unless ... Read More »

When the Mountains Send You Home: Lessons from Liberty Ridge

The Chinook helicopter hung low over Mt. Rainier, its massive rotors hammering wildly at the thin air. From the edge of the Carbon Glacier, 5000 feet below, we could make out a second, smaller helicopter running sweeps up and down the mountain. Two black dots moved slowly in a grid pattern across the upper route, presumably climbing rangers looking for ... Read More »

Dodging Turkeys: Mike McQuaide Interviews Himself

Story and photos by Mike McQuaide With thousands of miles of snaking tarmac that winds, wends, climbs and descends through some of the country’s most stunning and varied terrain – alpine meadows to jewel-like islands; arid desert to lush rain forest – Washington State is truly an amazing place to ride a bike. And now Mountaineers Books of Seattle has ... Read More »