If you can see Mt. Baker, you are part of The Experience
View of the Therma Glacier from the Northwest Ridge
“Because it’s there,” never did much for me. This winter my partner Elie and I visited New Zealand during their summer. We bought a camper minivan and toured the wonders of the …
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Mt. Baker Volunteer Ski Patrol has been around longer than the legendary ski resort it protects. Since 1938, some 15 years before Mt. Baker Ski Area opened for business, the ski patrol has carved …
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Beer Fridge co-founders Travis Kane and Jake Bassett
When co-founders Travis Kane and Jake Bassett came up with the idea for Beer Fridge, a direct-to-consumer, subscription beer service, the Pacific Northwest natives knew they would highlight the …
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The quiet, pre-dawn air hit my face as I stepped out of the van. I gazed up the dirt road and saw a headlamp dancing off a nearby car. I called out to my friend Jessica and she answered with a sleepy …
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Video of the Week: Waiting for Winter

Some Mount Baker locals teamed up with The Ski Journal for this fun video about the beginning of this ski season. Micah Evangelista, Sophia Rouches, Kelson Callahan and Jake Little, ripping as usual. …

Video of the Week: Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon

The first ever Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon went off last weekend, and nearly every racer made it from the town of Concrete to the top of Sherman Peak and back. Race director Dan Probst has been working …

Video of the Week: Below the Trees by Port Side Productions

Port Side Productions is a Bellingham-based video production company. Here's its latest video from local trails. https://youtu.be/wf0d330y3lA  
Winter sports
Snowboarding

Grant Gunderson: 25 Years at Mt. Baker

25 years ago, Grant Gunderson moved to Bellingham to ski and pursue a degree in plastics engineering at Western Washington University. That year, Mt. Baker was about to set a world record for …

Mt. Baker Ski Area opens for winter

Mt. Baker Ski Area is open for winter, finally. After a wet and warm start that delayed opening by a month, the lauded ski area opened for season pass holders on Wednesday, December 13 after …

WSDOT Closes North Cascades Highway for winter season

In one of the most surefire signs of the incoming winter, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced crews will be closing State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 30.
Skiing

Mt. Baker: Summit to Sea

From snowflake to sea swell, water has a cycle. A circulatory system whose seasonal heartbeat pumps snowmelt into this green and gracious land so many of us have come to call home. Yet any …

Mapping Applications for the Backcountry

The use of a GPS has never been easier. In the old days, we carried around bulky devices that didn’t even have the capacity to allow for mapping. They just directed you to waypoints. Since …

Winter 2023 Newsroom

Mt. Baker Highway reopens for traffic, NPS considers reintroduction of grizzly bears to North Cascades National Park, and other news from around the PNW.
Snowshoeing

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club has been organizing like-minded skiers to get out on groomed trails around its namesake river since the 1990s. What started as a small group of dedicated winter recreationists has slowly grown into a yearly institution in the Mt. Baker foothills.

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Adventures

Getting Paid, Saving Salmon

For most hobby anglers, getting out on the water and casting a line is a way to decompress, enjoy nature and maybe even grab lunch. For a select group of hardcore anglers on the Columbia and …

Kayaking Hawaii

I'm pondering microclimates as I paddle up a quiet flow of water, the Kalihiwai River, on the north shore of Kauai. Yes, there are “rivers” in the Hawaiian Islands, though they would be …
Photography

"Greatest Wildlife Photographs"

When the term “wildlife photography” comes to mind, one can often automatically surround the imagined photo with that famous, bright yellow border that makes National Geographic covers so …

The Galápagos: Up Close and Personal

Years ago, while taking the train from Nairobi to Mombasa I recall thinking that traveling in Africa was reminiscent of childhood. As we passed by herds of elephants and giraffes, I remembered how we …
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Local film to be chosen for 5Point Film Festival

The 5point Film Festival's "On the Road" tour is coming to Depot Market Square in Bellingham. The outdoor screening will feature the year's best adventure sports cinematography and storytelling, and …

Culture

A Different Kind of Ride

In 1886, the original Horseshoe Cafe opened on Holly Street in downtown Bellingham to serve “ornery folks” like loggers, fishermen, and coal miners who likely made their way there on …

Spring 2024 Book Reviews

Between the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Peninsula is an iconic intersection of wilderness and human cultures …

Hot Tub Boats Seattle

If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for some time, you know it’s not the rain that slowly erodes our sanity. Rather, it’s the cool weather and gray overcast that dominate the …
 

Puget Sound Pilot

The pilot stood on the open bow of the pilot boat, legs spread, gripping a stanchion to steady himself in the rolling sea. Supported by a deckhand, he prepared to grab the rope ladder dangling down …

Cascade Vibes

The ability to share our time in the wilderness with other people is a gift. We hike on trails and ski down slopes, taking in the scene together, locking in whatever images our minds are capable of …
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