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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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The Boston Marathon: Reflections and Resolutions

by Cami Ostman I dropped my husband Bill off at eight o’clock so he could catch the bus to the starting line and made my way to the Riverside T Station to park the car. I’d be meeting David, our friend Lindsay’s father, at 9:30 so we could spend the day together watching the race. This was my third time …

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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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32nd Annual Tulip Pedal Set for April 20th in La Conner

The 32nd Skagit County’s Annual Tulip Pedal is set for Saturday, April 20, 2013 in La Conner, WA. Tulip Pedal offers three rides – a 20-mile course around the tulip fields between Mount Vernon and La Conner, as well as 40- and 60-mile courses that begin and end at La Conner Middle School. The courses take riders through the spectacularly colorful tulip fields …

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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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