Ice climbing on glaciers is a popular fall sport in the Northwest.
Since turning pro two years ago, Northwest Washington native Courtenay McFadden has rapidly gained elite status in the cyclocross world, with consistent top-10 finishes in national races.
With a two-handed Spey rod in the boat, clear blue skies and no deadlines overhead, we set out to float the scenic Skagit River in search of bull trout and whatever else might bite.
Friend Brent Molsberry dropped us off at Cornwall Beach after a boat ride across the bay to get a good look at Mt. Baker in the distance. A few miles into the run, Beat commented we had started below sea level.
Climbing big mountains requires a unique blend of physical attributes: the endurance of a marathon runner, the strength of a weightlifter and the precision and balance of a gymnast.
It’s close now. My GPS readout is telling me it’s within 20 feet of where I’m standing.
Bellingham Beer Week, 2014
Fine wines from east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington have put the Northwest on the map as a favored grape growing region.
It’s mid-October, late evening, and the autumn rain has begun.
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