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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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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes

This book ($25) is both a bargain and a goldmine for backcountry skiers looking for the best beta on many of Washington’s best lines. Twenty of the book’s 81 ascents are here in Central Washington-- which gets our geographic relevance to the state's best skiing right. The route information is also top notch. Be aware, however, that we have a confession to make.
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Avalanche Book Reviews

Avalanches are complicated topics and many books discussing snow layers, snow tests, snow classifications, and avalanche classifications can have you scratching your head and saying, “Huh?” This book not only simplifies a lot of complex information, it concentrates on practical information that will help you travel through the snow zone.
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Snow Travel - Book Review

Slip-sliding on snow – it’s a good way to land yourself in a hospital or a cemetery. Slipping on snow (or ice) is the second most common form of accidents in the mountains according to stats compiled in Accidents in North American Mountaineering.  Injuries and deaths from such slips far exceed those from avalanches, getting lost, equipment failure, freezing to death, mountain illnesses, or ...

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Best Outdoor Products

Recently we put out an email to about 50 locals who we know to be serious about their outdoor passion and whose opinions we value. We asked them to tell us about  products that they have used and tested extensively, that have become favorite products, and that they would recommend to others without hesitation. Here's what we found out...

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Where IS Horse Lake?

CDLT's easement on Horse Lake Reserve will forever protect the land from future development, but structures sprinkled across the property reveal that Horse Lake has been host to prospectors, farmers, ranchers, loggers, and bums in the not-so-distant past. Learn what life was like for Horse Lake's former homesteaders with snippets from Everett Burts' History of the Horse Lake Area.
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Along a Wild Coast

This is an interesting story about a family’s experience hiking Washington’s Olympic Coast that is excerpted from Michael Lanza’s book, Before They're Gone. Now that the blazing temperatures of summer are upon us in Central Washington, a trip to the Olympic Coast is a great way to get outdoors without the fry factor.
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Winter in the Enchantments

Chester Marler's book, East of the Divide, is enjoyable and informative blending of history, natural history, and adventuring all focused on the east side of the Cascades. The following excerpt, describes a winter trip into the Enchantments and is taken from Chapter 12: On Skis and Snowshoes.
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Book Review: Snow & Spire

Chester Marler reviews John Scurlock’s new 192-page photo essay of the North Cascades. Marler says there is no substitute for turning the pages of a genuine, non-electronic set of images in a large-format book.  "Scurlock’s photos are often from early morning or early evening flights, ..."

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North Cascades Traverses

A climbing friend sent a message about a new book, North Cascades Traverses, with the comment, "Could be a great inspiration for you to do some of these. You can see the whole thing via the preview.” The Internet interface for seeing this book on-line is cool. Even better, the book does inspire you to explore our mountains.