MBE Summer 2016

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A day of salmon, beer and Blanchard Mountain love

Story by Andy Basabe “D’ya remember when…?” That’s the silly question that delineates generational differences in communities. “D’ya remember when Mt. Baker Ski Area built jumps...

A lost boot, broken gear and a locked gate: a self-rescue...

Story by Blake Herrington I tackled my climbing partner and pinned him to a wet rock slab above an ominous moat separating snow from ice. Dan’s...

Achieve grace on a mountain bike with minimal effort

Story and photos by Luca Williams The first time I went mountain biking, I went with buddies from high school on a bike that wasn’t...

A Northwest Touch: Local trail builders on a digging holiday at...

Story and photos by Brad Andrew The mountain bike trail builder is a unique breed. The trail builder leads a life of labor that garners...

Wild Dreams: Climbing, community and accomplishment on a Mount Erie first...

Looking out at the Cascade Mountains to the east, the Olympics to the west, dense green forest below and blue skies above, Chris Weidner...

Connect with the Galaxy: A case for turning out the lights

Story by Oliver Lazenby In 1994 when the Northridge earthquake knocked out power across Los Angeles, astronomers at Griffith Observatory, just north of Hollywood, fielded...

Recon Racks: a local fabricator’s quest to build a better bike...

Story by Oliver Lazenby Bike rack anxiety goes like this: you’re bouncing up a dirt road to the trailhead. A rack full of bikes is...

R2AK, the motor-free boat race up the Inside Passage, is back...

Story by Oliver Lazenby Jake Beattie wanted to come up with a more rugged boat race that captured the spirit of marine adventure – a...

Welcome Grocery is the newest landmark on 542

Story and photos by Oliver Lazenby When Chuck Patterson decided to open a grocery store, he first needed to do some research. He drove south...

A guide to the shortest hikes to Mount Baker’s glaciers

Story and photos by Oliver Lazenby Nisqually Road in Mt. Rainier National Park was touted as “the first road in America to reach a glacier”...