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The Many Moods of Winter: The Photography of Mark Turner

Northwest winters have many moods. Gray on gray blizzards famously dump deep snow around Mount Baker, but then we awaken to magical sunshine. Blue sky reflects off sparkling snow, revealing trees morphed into Seussian forms and accessible only by ski or snowshoe. Down near the Salish Sea I find frost the morning after a cold snap. Cottonwood buds and rose …

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Backpacking Gear for Discerning Adventurers

  MSR Hubba Hubba tent In my view, the perfect 3-season two-person tent is light, roomy, and has two doors. Oh, and two vestibules. And is quick and easy to set up. The MSR Hubba-Hubba has made this dream a reality. It weighs in at 4 lbs., 4 oz. and, as the name suggests, features an ingenious hubbed pole system …

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Autumn Adventures at the Pickford Film Center

Fall has many gifts for us here in Cascadia. In the North Cascades, the alpine meadows are painted with autumn colors and the larch trees display their vibrant orange finery. Down by the shores of the Salish Sea, the nights grow crisp and the quality of light grows more intense as the sun’s arc carries it lower in the sky. …

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Cascadia Gear: Essentials for your Next Adventure

A Pleasing Contradiction The ThermaRest ® brand has long been synonymous with backpacking sleeping pads. They have continually refined and perfected the art of building lightweight, tough, and cushy pads, and those of us who appreciate a good night’s rest after an arduous day on the trail are grateful to them. But they’re never satisfied. This quest for constant innovation …

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Summer Adventures: The mud, the woods & the movies

The dog days of summer are upon us and whether your preferences run to mountain biking, flopping around in mud, or drinking locally-produced beer while watching amazing adventure films, the next few weeks have some cool opportunities to revel in the season. Mountain Biking Madness Located just west of Olympia, WA., Capitol Forest is an epic mountain biking destination. Find …

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Summer Fun: Cycling, Running and a New Film Festival

With summer ablaze here in the North Country, the opportunities for fun in the sun are plentiful and diverse. Run for a cause at the Third Annual Wind Horse Half Marathon Run for Education on Saturday, July 20th. This 13.1 mile race, organized by the Blue Sky Education Project, begins and ends at Fairhaven Park. The event raises funds for …

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Upcoming Outdoor Events: Cycling, Running, Survival

The EverybodyBIKE organization is a local treasure: no doubt about that. These tireless (no pun intended) folks work unceasingly to promote cycling – and they’re good at it. Among the many community-oriented things that they do is to offer Smart Cycling Classes, designed to empower and educate cyclists. The latest three-part series kicks off on June 25th at the Bellingham …

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A Daypack and Sleeping Pad for the Cost-Conscious Hiker

Sierra Designs Garnet 20 Daypack The Sierra Designs Garnet 20 Daypack is a 19-liter panel-loader that is easy to like. Our tester got to know the pack on a series of hikes on the island of Maui’i and she sang its praises. The Garnet 20 has a molded HDPE frame sheet, a balance between load-carrying comfort and relatively light weight. …

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Playing with Pinnipeds: The Sea Lions of Hornby Island

I first saw Jess Newley’s amazing underwater photographs of salmon about a year ago. As a photographer myself, I was impressed with the quality of the images and amazed at the window into the world of this iconic symbol of the northwest that the pictures provided. Jess and her husband Chris are true adventurers – they are both divers, photographers …

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Obama Creates San Juan Islands National Monument

On March 25, President Obama signed a proclamation creating the San Juan Islands National Monument to permanently protect the BLM Lands in the islands. This was the culmination of years of effort by the community and its elected leaders to ensure permanent protection of these lands. “This is a great achievement,” said Tom Reeve, Lopez Island resident. “It is the result of determined …

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