The Adventure Guys

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Category: Backpacking

July
5th

Road to Windy Ridge is open

Forest Road 99 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest opened Thursday, giving visitors access to Mount St. Helens eastside attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car as well as the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Visitors to this remote and unique location deep within the blast-zone can see the amazing impact and recovery from the 1980 eruption. It is an experience to be had nowhere else in the world and only for a short time each year due to snow.

Mount St. Helens Ranger Cory Wall said interpreters hope to see

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June
14th

The Wonderland Trail: A 93-mile backpacker’s dream

Each year 820 people attempt to hike the Wonderland Trail, the rigorous 93-mile path around Mount Rainier. Last September I hiked the trail with colleagues Matt Misterek and Drew Perine and Graham firefighter Thad Richardson.

Since March we’ve published a series of articles explaining the trails history as well as how to pack and train for this classic hike. On Sunday the 15-story series ends with our tale from the trail.

Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of videographer Joe Barrentine:

May
24th

I-5 bridge collapse: Are you changing your weekend plans?

We’re looking to talk to people who are changing their Memorial Day weekend plans as a result of Thursday’s collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon.

If you have altered your plans, or know of someone who is, contact Jeff Mayor at 253-597-8640 or send an email to jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com.

April
4th

Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Sep.
21st

North Cascades/Lake Chelan joins list of burn bans

Campfires are now banned in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. As of today, campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south):

Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills or other devices is prohibited in these places until further notice.

This ban in the middle and lower

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Sep.
20th

Olympic National Forest adds to list of agencies banning campfires

Olympic National Forest officials earlier today announced a ban of open campfires and smoking. According to fire officials, a long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings.

Building and tending open campfires, including barbeques, cooking fires, and warming fires are prohibited until further notice. Permissible sources of cooking and heat are portable stoves, or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. Smoking is

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Aug.
16th

1 dead from rodent disease possibly linked to stay at Yosemite National Park

The Associated Press reports that a man died and a woman is seriously ill from a rodent-borne disease they may have contracted during a stay at Yosemite National Park:

FRESNO, Calif. — A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at a popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park, officials said Thursday.

The man was the first person to die from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome contracted in the park, though two others were stricken in a more remote area in 2000 and 2010, officials said.

Testing by

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Aug.
14th

Bear and cubs wandering near Paradise

Visitors to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park this weekend got the chance to view a bear and cubs wandering below the road in Paradise Valley. The bears were far below, at a safe distance and definitely too far for visitors to feed them (don’t even try this with marmots let alone bears, by the way).

Sadly, I only had a small point-and-shoot camera in pack and these are the best pics I could get. Let me know if you snapped something better and we can share the pictures here on the blog.