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  • Wild and Scenic: The campaign to protect the Nooksack River - Story by Jacqueline Thompson | Photos by Brett Baunton Westbound water, trickling from icy blue glaciers and building into the mighty Nooksack River, flows in magnificent volume through Whatcom County’s temperate rainforests to the Salish Sea. The Nooksack is an iconic attribute to the northwest corner of Washington state; the glacial river remains undammed in […]
  • North Cascades National Park paddling guide - By Maya Hunger North Cascades National Park has everything an adventurer could dream of in the Pacific Northwest – remote wilderness full of old-growth trees, massive glaciers with electric-blue ice and deep bodies of water surrounded by mountains. Vehicle access is limited to the North Cascades Highway and a few roads that probe the park’s […]
  • Ski to Sea competitors can now race multiple legs - A change to the historic race allows competitors to race in three legs. Teams can have between three and eight members. By Oliver Lazenby What’s the hardest segment in the seven-leg Ski to Sea race? The eight-mile downhill running leg is a strong candidate. But the kayak leg can be grueling in the wrong conditions. […]
  • 460 sleepless miles of trekking, mountain biking and paddling at the Adventure Race World Championship - By Spencer Paxson Imagine standing on the outskirts of town. You are contemplating a journey equivalent to 17 back-to-back marathons or more if you get lost along the way. With your trail shoes on, three friends by your side, a svelte pack of essentials and a paper map in your pocket, you wait for the […]
  • New access for the Nooksack? - By Wendy McDermott American Rivers director for Rivers of Puget Sound and Columbia Basin The Nooksack River is one of the only rivers in Washington that offers year-round whitewater boating. The glacier-melt from Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan feeds the Nooksack through the summer season, attracting boaters to the area when other rivers become too […]
  • Clean, Drain, Dry: A Bellingham program tackles underwater invasives - Story and photos by Ben Whitney Not exactly the poster children for environmental crisis, zebra and quagga mussels and other invasive freshwater species have not been known to inspire the hoo-rah mitigation efforts seen for other noxious critters until they’ve already made their mark. Every bit as problematic as tree toppling bugs like the emerald […]
  • Car-free Ski to Sea with the Wetboyz - Story by Oliver Lazenby Photos by Steven Gadingan Monday, May 23, 2016 It’s 50 minutes into a planning meeting for car-free Ski to Sea and team Wetboyz of Aslan Brew have tie-dyed a bunch of uniforms, but haven’t done any actual planning. There’s a lot to work out – the Wetboyz have to get equipment […]
  • Free from time: paddling the Inside Passage - What to do after graduating high school? Take the summer off and kayak to Alaska with your friends.
  • Kayaking the Nooksack Delta - Sea kayaking around the Nooksack Delta in Bellingham Bay.
  • Extreme sea kayaking - Epic adventures often seem a bit mythical, particularly in the telling. Still, what could be more epic than cruising by (or through) a timeless ocean-going nightmare?

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  • Wild and Scenic: The campaign to protect the Nooksack River - Story by Jacqueline Thompson | Photos by Brett Baunton Westbound water, trickling from icy blue glaciers and building into the mighty Nooksack River, flows in magnificent volume through Whatcom County’s temperate rainforests to the Salish Sea. The Nooksack is an iconic attribute to the northwest corner of Washington state; the glacial river remains undammed in […]
  • North Cascades National Park paddling guide - By Maya Hunger North Cascades National Park has everything an adventurer could dream of in the Pacific Northwest – remote wilderness full of old-growth trees, massive glaciers with electric-blue ice and deep bodies of water surrounded by mountains. Vehicle access is limited to the North Cascades Highway and a few roads that probe the park’s […]
  • Ski to Sea competitors can now race multiple legs - A change to the historic race allows competitors to race in three legs. Teams can have between three and eight members. By Oliver Lazenby What’s the hardest segment in the seven-leg Ski to Sea race? The eight-mile downhill running leg is a strong candidate. But the kayak leg can be grueling in the wrong conditions. […]
  • Triple sport adventuring on a long spring day - Story and photos by Alicia Lycan From the top of Mt. Baker to the shores of the Salish Sea, our Cascadian paradise holds endless possibilities. No matter what recreational activity you enjoy, you can probably do it here. And most likely, you can do it year-round. Even better, with the long days of spring and […]
  • Car-free Ski to Sea with the Wetboyz - Story by Oliver Lazenby Photos by Steven Gadingan Monday, May 23, 2016 It’s 50 minutes into a planning meeting for car-free Ski to Sea and team Wetboyz of Aslan Brew have tie-dyed a bunch of uniforms, but haven’t done any actual planning. There’s a lot to work out – the Wetboyz have to get equipment […]
  • Race to Alaska Strategy: Sails vs human power, speed vs survivability - By Oliver Lazenby A self-proclaimed “shop rat” from a Port Townsend boat shop told me the key to quickly making it up the Inside Channel to Alaska without a motor is having the right combination of human power and sailing ability. Common sense suggests a high performance (i.e. expensive) catamaran or trimaran would be the […]
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  • Paddlesport rentals at Lake Padden - Paddlesport rentals at Lake Padden Lake Padden is a tranquil body of water nestled in the wooded hills above Bellingham. It’s a great place to fish or picnic, and the trails around it are perfect for mountain biking. Soon visitors to Lake Padden Park will be able to rent watercraft to explore the shores and […]
  • Fred Norquist enters Rider of the Year awards - Fred Norquist whitewater line entered into Rider of the Year awards. Video below the break. If you picked up our summer issue, you may remember this photo:   The shot, taken by Tait Trautman on Bear Creek near Mt. Baker, depicts world-renowned kayaker Fred Norquist on the first descent of Klahanie Falls. When contributor Eric […]
  • A wet and wild ride: Ski to Sea 2013 - Conditions were soggy but competition was fierce at this year’s Ski to Sea, in which 500 teams skied, ran, biked and paddled the brutal 90-mile racecourse from Mt. Baker Ski area to Bellingham Bay. Our Mt. Baker Experience team, though inexperienced, performed decently well. We placed 183rd out of 500 teams overall, and 13th in […]

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North Fork Nooksack River near Glacier
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