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Category: Backpacking


SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION: Lou Whittaker, Adventure Guys and bird watching expert to speak at Pierce College lecture series

Mountaineering icon Lou Whittaker, bird watching enthusiast Ben Gomez and the world famous (in our own minds) Adventure Guys are speaking in a 3-week lecture series sponsored by Pierce College.

The presentations are free, open to the public and staged at the Health Education Center at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom Campus.

Here’s the schedule (All presentations begin at noon):

May 9: The Adventure Guys (Craig Hill and Jeff Mayor) share 10 Hidden Gems of the Washington.

May 16: Lou Whittaker, Memories of Mountain Climber.

May 30: Ben Gomez, Bird Watching in our own Backyard.



Mowich Lake Road at Mount Rainier opens Friday

Mowich Lake Road in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park will open to the public on Friday.

In average snow years, the road would have been opened by the Fourth of July weekend.

This year, however, has been far from normal. Three to four feet of snow remain in the area, but the parking lot is clear and some picnic tables are melted out, said a park news release.


Forest Road 25 opens Thursday at Mount St. Helens

Forest Service Road 25, on the east side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, is expected to open Thursday.

That will allow Forest Service crews to turn their attention to Road 99 that provides access to east-side monument attractions such Windy
Ridge, Meta Lake and Norway Pass Trailhead.

“In my 21 years on this Forest, this is the latest opening we’ve ever had,” Public Services Manager Ron Freeman said in a news release. “We are excited to finally get people into the Forest and Monument. Now if summer would just show, we’d really be happy.”

Late season

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Sperry Chalet at Glacier National Park hit by avalanche

Here is a story from The Associated Press about damage done to the famed Sperry Chalet at Glacier National Park.

KALISPELL, Mont. — A backcountry hotel hit by an avalanche in Montana’s Glacier National Park sits unattended and partially filled with snow as officials wait for treacherous conditions to subside so they can reach the historic structure and begin repairs.

The slide likely hit the popular Sperry Chalet months ago, but the hotel is open only during the summer months so no one was around, officials said. Some skiers recently spotted the damage and notified park officials.

The risk of

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DNR will have burn ban in place this summer

The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands from July 1-Sept. 30. The ban does not apply to federal lands.

The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is high during the summer months due to dry forest vegetation. Each year, the department strives to keep all wildfires under 10 acres. Last year, DNR had 71 wildfire starts simply from escaped outdoor burn piles, which burned approximately 153 acres, said a department news release.

The ban will apply to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands, including currently

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Is it getting too expensive to play outdoors?

In today’s paper, I wrote a story about the new Discover Pass the state is creating. The pass – $10 per day or $30 a year – would provide the holder access to all the state parks, plus recreation lands and facilities managed by the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.

Here is the link to the story.

There are some interesting comments at the end of the story, including one from a person who said they won’t be buying a pass.

Also this morning I got a call from a reader calling to confirm that

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National Park Service announces schedule for fee free days in 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the
National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 dates in 2011.

The fee-free dates will be the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(Jan. 15-17), National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 11-13).

While the Park Service typically offers some fee free days, it expanded the number days two summers ago during the recession.

That is one reason the Park Service will continue the program this year.


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Work at Olympic National Park wilderness campground means trail closures at

Restoring the wilderness camp area at Lake Angeles will involve helicopter flights early this week, as well as a trail and trailhead closure at Heart O’the Hills in Olympic National Park.

The Lake Angeles-Heather Park Trailhead will be closed, along with the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails. Hikers may still access Klahhane Ridge from the Switchback and Klahhane Ridge trails, but both the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails will be closed between Klahhane Ridge and Heart O’the Hills, said a park news release. The Heart O’the Hills Campground will remain open, although campers should be aware of high

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