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Backcountry travel

Larch Season Hike: Maple Pass Loop

Among the most popular fall hikes in the Cascades are those with abundant larch trees. The Maple Pass Loop near Rainy Pass on Highway 20 (aka “The North Cascades Highway”) offers a great mix of larches, views, meadows, and lakes. Larches are an unusual “deciduous conifer” whose needles change a …

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Approaching the Carbon River
Backcountry travel

Wonderland Trail 2 of 3: Mowich Lake to White River

This is the second of a three-part series about doing a 3-day trail run/hike on the Wonderland Trail. It’s typically done as a week-long backpacking trip, or at the fast end of the spectrum, as a fast ultra run in under 1.5 days. Check out part one. To understand what …

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Backcountry travel

Jessica Kelley: Solitude and Longing in the Yukon

I first got to know Coach Jessica Kelley in 2013 when she was a Cycle University coach. At the time she considered herself a triathlete and was training for the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, an Ironman-scale competition with the ocean swim in a Fjord, and the run including a long mountain …

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Indian Henrys Camp
Backcountry travel

Wonderland Trail 1 of 3: Longmire to Mowich Lake

Mt. Rainer is visible from the Idaho border and from space. It’s an icon of the Pacific Northwest: 14,410’ of rock and ice rising up from the sea in an immense display of majestic beauty. Less obvious is the thin ribbon of trail circling the mountain, the Wonderland. The trail …

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Cycling

Jamie Van Beek: She’s Persisting

One of the most common themes across the women athletes profiled here is that they came to their respective sports relatively late—usually after college. For whatever reason, athletics didn’t catch on during their school years, or they didn’t think of themselves as athletic when they were younger. 46-year-old Bellingham native …

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Community

Seward Park 2018 Finale

Thursday August 30 was the finale of the 2018 Voler Thursday Night Cycling Series at Seward Park. The late summer light filtered through the trees and clouds just long enough to get a few dramatic pictures during the 6:00 race. Final results 7:00 PM Race: Teddy Schwartz Nick Bennette Will …

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Juniors

Jonas Ecker’s Paddling Progression

After five years of training and competition, 15-year old Bellingham paddler Jonas Ecker has qualified to be a member of Team USA at the Olympic Hopes Regatta September 14-16 in Poznan, Poland. It’s exciting to see local juniors athletically excelling, and even more so when they are doing it in …

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Health & wellness

Running with Friends, Alone

I’m a big advocate of cultivating a robust (live) social network of fitness buddies. We tend to become like the other members of our social networks, fitness or not. Therefore: run, ride, hike, and ski with people who are fitter, faster, and younger. Although it’s best practice to have a …

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Discovery Park regroup on the bluff above Puget sound
Community

Caden’s Running Club

In the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree category: Caden Ragsdale, son of ultra runner (and former ultra cyclist) Chris, is an eleven year old headed for the 6th grade. In April, Caden ran the Deception Pass Marathon (5:41:21), and was following a training plan to get ready for …

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Kendall Katwalk August 18, 2018
Cycling

Smoke Season Weather Window

I’m surprised to see how many folks have been out running and cycling during the recent smoky weather. It’s as if the rest of us need to HTFU. Current AQI: Exercising in unhealthy air isn’t like lifting weights: it’s not going to make your lungs “stronger.” And, just because you …

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