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Archives: Nov. 2011


Crystal Mountain announces plans to open Friday; White Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie in wait-and-see mode

UPDATED: 2:20 P.M.

Crystal Mountain officials are counting on a mid-week storm to bring enough snow to allow a limited opening Friday. The ski area announced its plans this afternoon based on the winter storm forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday and Thursday in the Cascades. The forecast for the Snoqualmie Pass area calls for almost 2 feet of snow those days, with more snow through the weekend.

Currently there is just over a foot of snow in Green Valley.

“It’s a bold move to announce the

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State shuts Chinook, Cayuse passes for the winter

An early season snow storm, followed by gusty wind conditions, have forced the state Transportation Department to close Chinook and Cayuse passes for the winter because of avalanche danger.

The department says strong winds drifted snow today across both state routes 410 and 123 on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.

Access to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort off state Route 410 remains open.

Chinook and Cayuse typically close in November for the winter.


Crystal Mountain needs another foot of snow to open

Crystal Mountain has received 15 inches of snow so far, but still needs more to open.

This morning, the ski area was reporting 14 inches of snow at the summit and 10 inches at the base.

“It’s starting to look really good out there but we still need roughly another foot to open,” said a notice on the ski area’s website this morning. “We are expecting a little snow today and tomorrow, but the storm Wednesday looks like it could bring a foot or more.”


Geocaching: 76 South Sounders find Adventure Guys’ Pierce and Thurston counties caches

Congratulations to the winners of The Adventure Guys geocaching contest. Your prizes will be in the mail on Monday morning. A total of 76 of you found the caches before they were archived Friday.

As promised in today’s Adventure sections in The News Tribune and The Olympian, here’s some more information about this game.

Click here to read our story about Geocaching from October.

Also, here is the story that one of our geocaching contest winners said inspired him to start playing the game he now loves. We wrote this story in 2005.


There’s treasure out there, and it’s closer than you think.At least that’s what I tell my kids as I study some computer printouts and a GPS handset with my brother-in-law, Ralph Godinez, in the front seat of my SUV.

Ralph is introducing us to his new favorite game – geocaching – and it is kind of like a treasure hunt.

Instead of yellowing maps with X’s marking the spot, you find your way using satellite triangulation. And, instead of treasure chests, your bounty is a container of borderline useless items such as Happy Meal toys and Canadian coins.

You can choose one item from the cache on the condition you leave something of equal or greater value. Read more »


Bigger venue for Fred Beckey’s Tacoma appearance

The Tacoma Mountaineers and University of Puget Sound have changed the venue for the Nov. 18 program by famed Cascades climber Fred Beckey.

The event will now be held in the Kilworth Memorial Chapel on the UPS campus that seats about 330 people.

The show was sold out as of Wednesday afternoon. It was to be held in the smaller Rotunda Room at Wheelock Student Center at UPS.

“The response to Beckey’s speaking engagement has been tremendous as we’re sold out a week and a half before the event,” said Geoff Lawrence, Tacoma Mountaineers board chairman. “I’m happy that we’ll

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Tickets selling fast for Fred Beckey appearance in Tacoma

I just heard from Goeff Lawrence with the Tacoma Mountaineers. He said the group and University of Puget Sound officials are looking for a larger venue to hold the Nov. 18 event featuring famed climber Fred Beckey.

Lawrence said they have almost sold out the tickets for the Rotunda Room at Wheelock Student Center, a week and a half before the event.

Tickets are $5 each and available $5 through Brown Paper Tickets, Tacoma Mountaineers and Edgeworks Climbing Indoor Rock Gym.

Click here for the story that appeared in Sunday’s Adventure section.


Hit national lands for a free visit this weekend

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids on Veterans Day, or the weekend, consider a trip to Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks. The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is another option.

The entrance fee will be waived for all visitors Friday through Sunday in commemoration of Veterans Day.

At Mount Rainier, facilities within the park that will be open include the Longmire Museum (exhibits, information and books sales) the National Park Inn (lodging and meals) and the Longmire General Store (gifts and moderate food items) as well as the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center

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