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Archives: May 2010


Wednesday is deadline for Rainier to Ruston registration

More than 200 runners and walkers are expected to turn out for the Rainier to Ruston Relay and Ultra Marathon on Saturday.

The 50-mile race from Mount Rainier National Park’s Carbon River entrance to Ruston Way is staged each year on National Trail Day to raise funds to finish the Foothills Trail, which will cover the same route.

Participants in the event can walk 27 miles to Orting, run the entire distance or form teams and split the course into shorter legs.

The longest section of the popular paved Foothills Trail currently runs almost 15 miles from Puyallup to South

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Best deals on ski lift tickets ending soon

It’s Memorial Day weekend so unless you are seriously addicted to powder you are probably too preoccupied with biking, kayaking and other warm weather activities to think much about skiing and snowboarding.

But if you are interested in saving money – as much as 50 percent – next winter this is the perfect time to be thinking about hitting the slopes.

“If you want the best deal you need to act now,” said Kathleen Goyette of White Pass Ski Area.

Many of the Northwest ski areas offer steep discounts on season passes over the summer. And those prices are only

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La Push and Neah Bay areas to reopen for halibut

The recreational halibut fishery off the north coast will reopen June 3 and 5, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced.

Marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay) will be reopen for halibut fishing in all waters from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on June 3 and again on June 5.

The halibut fishery in those areas was open on Thursdays and Saturdays, May 13 through Saturday. Poor weather last weekend resulted in fewer fish being caught than was expected. Sufficient quota remains in these areas to offer anglers two days in early

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Ashford guide services put 51 climbers on top of Mount Everest

Local Guide companies have done well on Mount Everest this week. Here’s a look at the 51 people who made it to the top of world.


MAY 23

  1. Mr. Karel Masek of Czech Republic
  2. Mr. Bryan Keith Chapman of USA
  3. Mr. Choong Luen Lein of Singapore
  4. Mr. Mayk Ulrich Schega of Germany
  5. Mr. Sandhosh Kumar Sankaran of Singapore
  6. Mr. Theodore Fairhurst of Canada
  7. Mr. Timothy Brian Igo of USA
  8. Mr. Chien Min Wang of Taiwan
  9. Mr. Michael Allen Boaz of USA
  10. Mr. Gregory Vernovage of

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Climbers caught by bad conditions on Mount Rainier

Winds reaching 110 mph caught a group of climbers and guides on Mount Rainier on Thursday, leaving two guides with frostbite on their hands.

Here is the report released today by Mount Rainier National Park chief ranger Chuck Young:

A group of climbers guided by one of the park’s permitted concession guiding companies encountered sudden extreme weather conditions while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier on May 20. Blizzard conditions with winds gusting to 110 mph made navigation and communications nearly impossible among all rope teams on the mountain.

One client became moderately hypothermic and two guides suffered from

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Image of youngest person to summit Mount Everest

At the age 13, Jordan Romero on Saturday became the youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

We had a story in Sunday’s News Tribune about the accomplishment of the Big Bear, Calif., resident.

Before him, the youngest climber to scale Everest had been Temba Tsheri of Nepal, who reached the peak at age 16, according to the Associated Press story.

But today we are getting the first photos of Romero on top of the world, at 29.035 feet above sea level.

Which leads me to these questions:

  • Is 13 years too young to be trying feats

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Two Toutle River tributaries will open Saturday, two weeks early

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the lower portions of the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers will open two weeks early to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

The two Toutle River tributaries will open Saturday.

The South Fork Toutle River will be open from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge. The Green River will be open from the mouth to 400 feet below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery

The daily limit will be of two hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead and all other game fish, including trout, must be released. Selective

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Wild weather at Mount Rainier

It has been a crazy 24 hours at Mount Rainier, especially with park and concessionaire staff trying to get Paradise Inn ready for Friday’s opening.

Snow began falling about 1 p.m. Wednesday and has left six inches of new snow on the ground at Paradise. That has pushed the total on the ground back up to 146 inches, according to weather data from a station at Paradise.

Meanwhile, the winds were howling at Camp Muir. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, winds reached a maximum speed of 113 mph and were averaging 94 mph. Such sustained winds are equal to those in

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