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Ptarmigan Traverse Extended Trek Part 2

Part two of the extended version of the Ptarmigan Traverse. Our eigth day started bright and sunny and we hiked through the Hanging Gardens. The area lived up to its reputation, consisting of a wide ridge with scattered high alpine meadows, flower fields, small lakelets, copses of trees, expansive views, and many idyllic campsites.
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The Ptarmigan Traverse Extended Trek

“We were wanderers from the beginning.” Thus Carl Sagan begins his book Pale Blue Dot. How true for many of my friends and I, thus the lure of long wilderness treks in beautiful high country is hard to resist. Nature wanderers moving to NCW soon hear of the Ptarmigan Traverse......

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Cascades Rock

Blake Herrington has created a book called Cascades Rock which is published and for sale this month. The book covers everything from popular roadside climbs to never-repeated alpine adventures. Blake's hope is to include every good rock-centric long climb in the range, at any grade and of any age. This includes driving, hiking, camping, descent, and gear information for each climb.


 
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Rise of the 'Mids'

In the outdoor world where needed equipment is usually strapped to your back, less is often more. Such is the case with floorless tents that rise from a wide base to a narrow apex and are generally referred to as pyramids, megamids or ‘mids'. Read our biased report about why these tents rule.

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Bug Be Gone

It’s happening earlier than normal this summer...we’re receiving word from mountain bikers riding near Lake Wenatchee and from hikers visiting the Squilchuck Basin that the vampires are emerging. How how do you keep them from sipping on your red wine?

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Between a Rock and a Long Fall

 Like a fish, hungry for outdoor sports, I eagerly took the bait when he offered to take me rock climbing.  He’d been climbing for decades and it seemed foolish to pass up the lesson he was offering me.  Having only a few climbing experiences under my belt, I wanted to learn more about this bizarre sport.


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Peshastin Pinnacles - Rock Climbing

The Peshastin Pinnacles isn't the best place in Central Washington to climb, but these crags offer beginner and intermediate climbers an excellent place to hone their craft. Furthermore, the scenery rocks! Use our guidebook info to climb here.
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Eightmile Enlightenment

Trails mirror the company we share them with. Trails can be mute cells of solitary confinement or chatty confession chambers. They can be storied trips to new corners of the world or, as we discover while skiing Eightmile Mountains, roads to Enlightenment.