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Around Mount Rainier

To hike all 93 miles of the Wonderland Trail is to take in the majestic nuances of Mount Rainier's domain. The 360-degree view of the mountain, under varied moods and changing light, is reason enough to come. Just be prepared to do a little work--like gain about 20,000 feet in elevation when doing the complete circuit.
 

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

Heli-Skiing in the North Cascades

By Aaron Talbot

Deep powder, blue skies and 3,500 foot runs await skiers on the edges of North Cascades National Park, where a  heli-ski operation will save your legs for the ski down.

Across the Alps on Skis

By GreatOutdoors.com Staff

Across the Alps on skis and other adventure blogs by GreatOutdoors.com staffers. Come along with mountain skier and climber Gordy Skoog on his “Tale of Two Haute Routes,” and yet another first ascent for him in the North Cascades. The people who work here take the outdoors seriously, so check out the blog section for more, including Mike Rougeux’s Climbing on California’s Lost Coast and Peter Potterfield’s hiking odyssey in New Zealand.

Big Year for Climber Colin Haley

By Gordy Skoog

With difficult routes on Cerro Torre, Huntington, Robson, Denali, and more, in one amazing year, 22-year-old Colin Haley is making his mark in alpine climbing.

On Top of the World

With his successful ascent of Annapurna on May 12, Ed Viesturs becomes the first North American to reach the top of all 14 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.

Viesturs Returns to Annapurna

Ed Viesturs announces his return for a third attempt on Annapurna this spring in his bid to become the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.

Learning to Carve in the Pacific Northwest

By Nancy Prichard

The volcanic domes of the Pacific Northwest seem designed with snowboarding in mind. In addition to great snow, you can expect magnificent scenery, varied terrain parks to tempt beginners through experts, and a friendly atmosphere.

Classic Hikes of the World: Wonderland Trail

An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.

Unpredictable Mount St. Helens

From playground for Cascade climbers to destroyer of the landscape, the Cascade's most unpredictable volcano has played many roles in the past four centuries.

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Video: Wonderland Project

Two friends take on an almost impossible goal: Run the Wonderland Trail, circumnavigating Washington's Mount Rainier, in a single 24-hour push.

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Video: Ride Like the Wind

There's no rush like the adrenalin buzz from a high-horsepower day of kiteboarding at the Columbia Gorge, where new school meets old, and women riders show how it's done.

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Video: Caving!

A GreatOutdoors.com exclusive: In the shadow of Mt. Adams in Washington state lies one of the finest cave systems in the Northwest.

Around Mount St. Helens in One Day

By Mike McQuaide

Where in the Northwest can you experience a full spectrum of spectacular landscape? From rain forest to desert, from canyons to riverbeds, from alpine meadows to volcanic blast zones, here's a 30-mile trail run you'll never forget.

Night Running in the Northwest

By Mike McQuaide

Nighttime trailrunning. It's not for everyone, but once you get the hang of it, it's a good way of staying fit through the winter months.

Cascadia Marine Trail

By Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers explores more than 400 miles of watery landscape from the Canadian border to the Puget Sound.

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