Stories
View of Bellingham Bay from mid-ride at the Chuckanut Grind
Cycling

The Double Grind | Cracked By The ‘Ham

Remember how Tenacious D made played the best song in the world and then forgot it so had to do a tribute song instead? Well, let’s just say we just recorded the best podcast in the world but thanks to an ill-timed software crash you’re getting this tribute episode instead! …

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All smiles above treeline on the Church Mountain trail; Mt. Baker in the background
Backcountry travel

Trail Running in the North Cascades: Festival 542

Highway 542, the Mt Baker Scenic Byway, runs east-west from Bellingham to Artist Point. It is the access point to some of the Northwest’s best mountain terrain: fantastic trails, North Cascades National Park, mountaineering, skiing at Mt. Baker Ski Area, and some of the best backcountry skiing in North America …

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Jennifer Wheeler has her sights focused down the course and the individual pursuit at the 2020 Olympics.
Cycling

Mid-July at the Seward Park Series

Held on Thursday evenings during the spring and summer, this classic Seattle weekly hammerfest is a focal point for the region’s road bike racing community. Most participants ride to the race, race, then ride home often with a pit stop to commiserate with friends. If you are new to the …

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"We just climbed that." The incredible view from near the top of the eastern Washington Pass climb
Climbs

Cycling the North Cascades Highway

By this time of year, I’ve usually cycled the North Cascades Hwy (WA State Hwy 20) out-and-back to Mazama at least twice. Unfortunately asthma has delayed my usual hit list of ambitious summertime rides. It’s usually too hot in July to do a long ride with minimal water and shade, …

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The Early Winter Spires and Liberty Bell from the Washington Pass Overlook. The Beckey Route on the southwest side of Liberty Bell (rightmost spire) is probably the most famous alpine rock climb in the North Cascades.
Mountaineering

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

If you play in the mountains or cliffs anywhere from Alaska to Southern California, Fred Beckey’s life has touched yours. Beckey was the original climbing “dirtbag,” and among his many firsts, pioneered an obsessive-compulsive climbing lifestyle that spanned 80 years. The recently released Kickstarted documentary “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred …

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Gravel

The Double Grind | The Big Tour Cookout Edition

This week’s pod is dedicated to food! We triage the favorite foods of several top Tour de France riders as well as provide some seasonal recommendations to enjoy while watching a windy first week along the coast of France. Also: The Marketing Department crashes the pod to try to publicly …

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Humpback Creek near the start of the Annette Lake trail.
Destinations

Annette Lake Trail

Sad to say, as far as area hikes go, I tend to replay my “greatest hits” list over and over. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994 and only just got around to the Annette Lake Trail last weekend. Last Saturday I volunteered to help at the mile 10.4 …

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Cycling

The Double Grind | Trombley Begins

In this episode of The Double Grind Michael and Craig chat with Seattle-area gravel veteran Robert Trombley about Dirty Kanza, gravel and endurance rides, and gear. Other discussion topics include: condom colored chain wax, comebacks, what we rode, what we gonna ride, and Chef Craig tolerates the Oddly Incompetent Middle-Aged …

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The home stretch: The descent from the north side of Navarre Coulee Rd to Lake Chelan.
Climbs

Chelan Century Challenge 2018

The Chelan Century Challenge is one of the best event rides in Washington state: –the Chelan Rotary does a great job hosting and supporting the ride –the scenery is (mostly) spectacular –the course is challenging –Fresh cherries —Abundant wineries Check out the posts about it from 2011 and 2014. This …

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The Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail have small-grained firmly packed gravel that is suitable for standard road bike tires.
Adult beverages

Three Views of King County

I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between the University of Washington and Log Boom Park. But, the recent opening of a section of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail between I-90 and Gene …

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