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Everybody Out: Backpacking from Buck Creek Pass to Liberty Cap

Once a year, my good friend Liz and I make plans for a one- or two-night ladies backpacking trip. This is a very sacred, special trip for us because we both have daughters that are three. Our girls are six days apart and have known each other since they were three months old. First comes planning for the trip, which involves asking husbands or relatives to watch our kiddos. Logistics ensue, and luckily we usually figure it out.

Survey on outdoor recreation open to the public

In 2014, a study prepared for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) found that outdoor recreation statewide generates $21.6 billion a year in spending on trips and equipment. Over $477 million of that was attributed to Chelan and Douglas counties. That study quantified what had already been widely acknowledged — that outdoor recreation has become a major player in the world of economic impact in our two-county area. It became evident, through a series of discussions with those connected to outdoor rec here, that there was a need ...

Kicking back at cool Semiahmoo

When folks from the west side of the Cascades have a yearning for sunshine and warm weather, they jump in their cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorhomes and head for Eastern Washington — by the droves, I might add. Conversely, when the temperatures around NCW are inching upwards into the triple digits, we look for cooler environs on the west side of the mountains.

Everybody Out: The Ptarmigan Traverse extended trek, part II

Our eighth day started bright and sunny as 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 lakes, copses of trees, expansive views and many idyllic campsites. Animals like the area, too, and we saw all manners of tracks.
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Saved: Save the Peshastin Waterfront Coalition purchases old mill site for recreational use

PESHASTIN – The Save the Peshastin Waterfront Coalition, made up of outdoor recreationalist groups and individual sportsmen, recently raised enough money to buy a mile of Wenatchee River coastline habitat for recreational use. The group initially was $35,000 short of the $453,000 price tag, but needed only 10 days of the granted 60-day extension to raise the difference needed.
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Merz’s fishing corner: A time to bond with family and friends

During the course of the current fishing season, I’ve written about my experiences of fishing on lakes and rivers in the greater Wenatchee Valley. The season in and of itself has been a good one but more importantly, the times that I’ve spent with family and friends while fishing have given me memories that will last a lifetime.
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Velocity picking up speed

Velocity Swimming continued its summer dominance by winning the Inland Empire Swimming (IES) Long Course Championship for the third year in a row. Featuring the best and fastest swimmers out of all Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, the annual championship, held July 28-30 at Memorial Pool in Pasco, featured 16 teams. Velocity finished with a commanding 3,530.5 points, claiming the title of IES Champions. Falling in second was the host team Tri-City Channel Cats, who scored 2,840.5 points. Coming in third was the Spokane Waves with 2,780.5 points.
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Everybody Out: Striking gold with a hike to Silver Falls

Silver Falls is one of the more popular family outings in the region. You’ve got waterfalls, cool structures (stone steps, log fences, CCC-styled benches), nice views, and intermittent shade. Recently in 2015, a fire burned through the area, so many of the trees you pass by are burnt. Because of this all of the bridges along the trail were dismantled prior to the fire hitting the trail to avoid further damage. It is hoped that steel bridges will be added back to the water crossings in 2017 to replace the ...
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Traipsing around Camas Meadows

An ecological gem hidden in the Wenatchee Mountains, Camas Meadows (a.k.a. Camas Land) harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world. A sprawling, lush, near-level lawn cradled by lumpy forested ridges, Camas Meadows is a geographical anomaly in the Cascades’ dry extreme eastern reaches.

The dreaded handicap index

If you play more than 20 rounds of golf a year, chances are good you keep a handicap. For those not familiar with the handicap system for golf, it’s defined as a numerical measure of a golfer’s ability — or lack thereof. In stroke play, it is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiencies to play against each other on somewhat equal terms.
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Merz’s fishing corner: Salmon season invades the Wenatchee Valley

As many of you know, salmon season opened Friday and with as many boats as there were on the water, you would have thought they were searching for gold. Although there were many successful anglers on the water throughout the weekend, I was not one of them. It wasn’t for a lack of trying.
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Locals dominate River Run races

WENATCHEE — A couple of Wenatchee Valley residents captured River Run on the Fourth 10K titles Monday along the Wenatchee waterfront, while Selah and Mill Creek runners took home the 5K crowns.
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Merz’s Fishing Corner | Report on Columbia River Chinook salmon season starts Friday

The salmon are here! In just a couple of short days, fishing for salmon on the Columbia River opens in North Central Washington and anglers are chomping at the bit to get some tasty morsels on the grill or in the freezer. This is the run of the summer Chinook salmon, which is the largest of the species and usually runs from June through August. There are a few good areas in which anglers converge to catch these fish. These areas are at Confluence Park — just below Rocky Reach ...
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Mission Ridge hosts second annual GranDuro race

Racers Jason Walker, at right, and Domenico Futia make their way down the trail between Lake Clara and where the trail intersects with the Liberty-Beehive road. The Mission GranDuro mountain bike race was held Saturday at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. RunDuro runner Craig Vander Hart runs down a steep and rocky section of trail, as biker Joshua Crutcher follows. Starting at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, the GranDuro and RunDuro races on Saturday utilized parts of following trails: Pipeline Trail, Clara Lake Trail, Liberty-Beehive Road, Mission Ridge ...

Anglers eyeing Columbia River salmon

Summer run salmon are pouring up the Columbia River and there will be plenty of them in our region in time for the opening of the season on July 1.