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Archives: Dec. 2007


Lost skier survives night in the Olympics

Finally – after sixth deaths this months – it looks like we having a missing skier/hiker story with a happy ending.

From Olympic National Park:

A skier who became disoriented near Hurricane Ridge during yesterday afternoon’s blizzard conditions is awaiting rescue after spending last night in a snow cave.

Randy Kraxberger, a 53-year-old Port Townsend man, made cell phone contact with rangers at about 8:00 this morning from a site near his snow cave, believed to be on the upper slopes of Hurricane Hill. While cold and almost out of food, Kraxberger was in good condition and able to provide rescuers with some information about his surroundings and probable location.

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Hiking with the movie guy

I had a rare opportunity Thursday morning to go hiking with one of my favorite writers – TNT movie critic Soren Andersen. While he’s worked at the TNT for 24 years and I’ve been here for 12, we rarely cross paths because neither of us work in the office much.

Our editor’s thought it would be fun to pair up writers with vastly different specialties to try something new. Yes, our editors are so hands on they’re even setting out New Year’s resolutions for us.

After Soren nixed rock climbing and skiing we settled on a 7.5-mile hike

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Jeff’s highlights from 2007

Jeff’s in the North Cascade’s celebrating Christmas with his kids. leaving me in charge of the office. Let’s just say there’s a reason he usually handles things in here. If I don’t screw things up too bad, there should be an Adventure section in tomorrows paper that will include a column of his favorite travels of the year.

Here are some of the stories that correspond to those trips.

- Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

Duck Hunting near Moses Lake

Habitat for Humanity trip to Guatemala


Northway is open

More than 4,000 skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Crystal today for the opening day of the new Northway lift, according to to a resort official. Twin brothers Lance and Loren Petkovich were the first two to ride the new lift, a statement from the park said.

"The new lift really spreads skier traffic out and makes the mountain feel twice as big," resort spokeswoman Tiana Enger said in a prepared statement.

Crystal plans to be fully operational for the rest of the weekend and holiday week ahead with all 10 lifts in operation from

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Ski like a Mahre

How good is the skiing at White Pass right now. If this video doesn’t inspire you to head for White Pass, nothing will.

If this looks like it’s over your head, it probably is. This footage is from the helmet cam of Andy Mahre, son of Olympic silver medalist Steve Mahre and nephew of gold medalist Phil Mahre. Andy Mahre has appeared in two Warren Miller movies.