The Cougars of Dry Gulch

Chuck Largent, the site steward of Saddle Rock for the Department of Natural Resources, sent us an email with this comment: "For your information, there have been 3 hikers who have seen cougar tracks on the ... Read More...

Snow Buckwheat

By Marc Dilley Snow Buckwheat (Eriogonum niveum) Close up of the delicate flower. Photo by WenOut. Family: Polygonaceae Developing slowly in late summer and fully formed as Delicious apples are picke... Read More...

Diary of a Mad Shoveller

by Andy Dappen My brother lives in the other Washington (the one back east getting pounded by all the snow storms). Because he's coming to visit in a week, I've been telling him how good the skiing has been at... Read More...

Secret Lives of Ladybugs

  Words and pictures by Peter Bauer Every year about Mother's Day, a bizarre phenomenon occurs at the top of Twin Peaks. As the sun warms the south-facing portion of the summit crag, the rocks begin oozi... Read More...

Chameleon Wall

Words and photos by Marc Dilley Mark Shaffer and I recently tried out a new climbing sport wall in Tumwater Canyon. The Chameleon Wall is a vertical section of the west side of the popular February Buttress, t... Read More...

Harvest Moon Blues

Bill Dobbins wrote this poem after a couple evenings of climbing under the harvest moon. Harvest Moon Blues Did some craggin’ on Wednesday, And the moon was shinnin’ bright. Cragged some more on  Thursday, ... Read More...

A Troika of Mark

Marc Dilley leading Awareness Drooling. by Andy Dappen Two ancient climbers and a young, strong one went to Frenchman Coulee (Riverview Park) on Thursday to catch some rays before the onset of the sport clim... Read More...

Ultralight Pack Smackdown

Outfitted for a seven-day trip with an ultralight pack (left) versus a load monster (right). by Andy Dappen Prelude: This pack review was originally prepared for Backpacker Magazine. A group of us did the ‘r... Read More...

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