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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

North Cascades Institute celebrates 30 years

By Oliver Lazenby Thirty years ago, two climbing buddies who were worried about the future of a place they loved dreamed up a way to...

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...

BelleWood Distilling

Story and photos by Pat Grubb Every school kid growing up knows the story of Johnny Appleseed and how he wandered around Ohio, Pennsylvania and...

It’s back! The cult-favorite hill climb to Artist Point returns in...

By Oliver Lazenby Most popular bike races are long. The Tour de France is about 2,082 miles this year, with an average stage length of...