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Resolutions

The resolution to get outdoors more is a worthy goal. This is an older story that we've updated. We've also included tips and added new photos taken in the local foothills over the past week. All of this might help you make similar resolutions of your own.
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Outdoor Gifts for Christmas

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Christmas present for the outdoor enthusiast in your family who seems to have everything?  It's not too late - we've compiled over a dozen items that will put a grin on the face of any hard-to-buy-for athlete on your list.
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Battle of the Bikes - Update

Forty cyclists participated in the first Battle of the Bikes to see who could ride from Wenatchee to Ellensburg fastest...taking any route they wanted. Find out what happened... and see a slideshow of pictures taken by the teams. This article originally appeared at WenatcheeOutdoors.org, an affiliate of the JustGetOut network.

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The College of Skiing -- East vs. West

Two years ago, I was forced to abandon my non-committal attitude about the future and consider colleges. After weeks of perusing college guides, I narrowed down the list of possibilities based on a few factors that were non-negotiable: I wanted a small school with a curriculum that was academically rigorous, a small town, an international outlook…and I needed to be able to ski.
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Confessions of Foothills Man

I met him a few miles west of Saddle Rock. I was snowshoeing uphill through a foot of week-old snow—plodding. He was weaving parallel turns through the sagebrush—gliding. He caught sight of me when we were a hundred yards apart and rounded a turn to a stop. He stood there deciding how to confront this queer animal contaminating his ski run.

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D.A.D. Patrol


There’s a multi-decade stage of life, after mortgages and before dentures, when the demands of kids and career steamroll the pursuit of kicks. For those whose lives revolve around the two-dimensional poles of profession and family, obeying the boss at work and The Boss at home results in the great withering of 'play' days.

Adding a third, recreation-oriented dimension to life—a dimension improving perspective, balance, and skiing opportunities--...
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Skiing a Double Marathon

Lief Carlsen writes about sking the groomed snowmobile trails above Lake Chelan and Manson. “I momentarily dared to hope that grooming might grace a 46-mile loop. If so, that loop might offer mile after mile of untrammeled skate skiing through rugged mountains. The right guy on the right skis  might do that loop in one day."  Click here to read.

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Toughest Race on the Planet?

Primal Quest -- a 10-day endurance race entailing mountaineering, running, cross-country trekking, biking, whitewater kayaking and more--has a bit of hubris in billing itself as the toughest human endurance competition. How hard is it?