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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.
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.
Two friends take on an almost impossible goal: Run the Wonderland Trail, circumnavigating Washington's Mount Rainier, in a single 24-hour push.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Rogers explores more than 400 miles of watery landscape from the Canadian border to the Puget Sound.