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Chelan brothers set to run entire length of Washington PCT

WENATCHEE — Last winter, when Niles and Cyrus Desmarais first started tossing around the idea of running the length of Washington’s Cascades, they pondered the thought of doing it by traversing the mountain range tops from Canada to Oregon.

Everybody Out: The magic of awe

A recent article in Parade Magazine discussed the power of awe in buoying happiness, healing psychological issues, and maintaining health. Some interesting quotes from the article:

Everybody Out: Trip report on biking up Old Blewett Pass

Attractions: This ride offers beautiful views, and riding Old Blewett Pass Highway is kind of like mountain biking on your road bike — on pavement, but on a “bike path through the forest.” It can also be ridden on a mountain bike. This adventure offers historical content at the information kiosk located on the West side of the pass, along with remnants of stone fireplaces from a structure long gone. Did you know Blewett Pass used to have a ski lodge?

Hell Hounds rugby team starts play at Confluence State Park on Saturday

WENATCHEE — The first-year Wenatchee Valley Hell Hounds will play their first match of the season against the Seattle Quake at Confluence State Park, starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Admission is free, and is the first of seven games on the Hell Hounds’ schedule during Pacific Northwest Rugby Union play this season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...