Saddle Rock

A Wenatchee landmark, Saddle Rock with its weathered rock towers and surrounding wild lands is both wonderfully scenic and ridiculously close to town. A high percentage of Wenatchee residents can easily wal... Read More...

Ruby Creek Loop

Photo: Gaining elevation along the Ruby Creek Loop. Ruby Creek Outings – Playing the Bench Look at the Forest Service maps of the Ruby Creek watershed, a watershed capped by Tronsen Ridge and draining into Pes... Read More...

Lessons of the Nearly Crippled

Lessons of the Nearly Crippled             by: Andy Dappen It was DAD (Dawn and Dusk) Patrol Wednesday. Matt Dahlgreen and I had embarked on one of those trips our wives envision as a picture of Hell rat... Read More...

Rock Mountain Ski Tour

Attractions. This route is a non-nonsense ascent and descent of one of the higher peaks flanking Highway 2. The access is easy and if you don’t want to waste time touring flat terrain to reach skiable slopes,... Read More...

Twin Peaks in Winter

For about a month each winter when a low snow level has settled in over the foothills of the Wenatchee Valley, the road up Twin Peaks makes for an accessible and surprisingly enjoyable winter outing. A 4.2-mi... Read More...

Transceiver Interference

Transceiver Interference by Andy Dappen An interesting article from Avalanche Canada is posted below about interfering electronics and objects that might render your avalanche transceiver useless. Dista... Read More...

Plain – Nordic Skiing

  Classic skiing along the Beaver Creek Trail (Plain, WA). Plain-old Nordic Skiing by Andy Dappen As late as 2010 if you had asked the residents of Plain, Washington to develop a Nordic skiing culture th... Read More...

Silver Star

The Paleozoics and Cenozoic of Silver Star by Andy Dappen   We’re mainly a gray brigade of ski tourers who have assembled to ski Silver Star Mountain. At age 70, Chester Marler is our senior advisor, but... Read More...

Douglas Creek-North End

This is the upper portion of steep-sided, basalt canyon carved by Douglas Creek. There's varied plant life here because of the year-around water in the creek and the dry desert landscape just beyond the creek... Read More...