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Death on Mount Hood renews debate: Should climbers have permits?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:50:24 -0800

Making Tuesday’s search harder: For several hours, officials weren’t sure how many people were on Mount Hood. Unlike at other iconic peaks in the West, permits aren’t required. At one point, officials said they could be looking for anywhere between seven and 15 people.

Reader’s Lens | Snowy mountain with snow geese

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0800

Seattle Times reader Kelsey Nagel’s photo of white waterfowl in front of a white Mount Baker.

New guide helps you find a snow-free South Sound hike near Olympia

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0800

Craig Romano’s latest Mountaineers guide helps you pick a lowland trek around Olympia and environs.

Climber falls to death, others rescued on Mount Hood

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:07:05 -0800

More than a half-dozen people had been climbing near Oregon’s tallest peak when a climber fell about 1,000 feet. “At first he was just sliding and right before he disappeared, he started cartwheeling,” a witness says.

Ski or snowshoe in peace by the deep blue waters of Oregon’s Crater Lake

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

In cold months, the road circling the lake becomes a snowshoe and ski route with some of the most spectacular views in any national park.

Climber’s death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:57:21 -0800

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year. The picture postcard view of Mount Hood makes it one of the most visited snow-capped peaks in the U.S., a destination to check off during any respectable visit to the City […]

VW and other van rentals taking off across America

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:30:39 -0800

Years before #vanlife took on a life of its own across social media in the United States, Bill Staggs was onto something. He had fond memories, dating to his late-1950s childhood, of family trips in a Volkswagen van. In the early 2000s, he started thinking that others might like to dip their toes into that […]

Brrrr: Temperatures have dipped into the 20s in most of the Seattle area

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:09:34 -0800

The Puget Sound region has felt temperatures about 10 degrees cooler than average for this time of year. But will it last?

Man who drowned while kayaking near North Bend was volunteer firefighter

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:25 -0800

Sam Grafton was kayaking with a group of friends near North Bend on Saturday when he somehow ended up in the water and drowned.

Oregon’s warm winter raises fear of summer drought

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:47:23 -0800

SALEM, Ore. — If winter weather doesn’t arrive soon, Oregon could be facing a summer drought. The Statesman Journal reports this has been one of the warmest winters on record in Salem, the capital city. That has meant rain instead of snow in the Cascade Range, where snowpack is 35 to 40 percent of normal. […]

Capitol Hill skate shop reaches $30K settlement over illicit skate bowl built on Green Lake’s Duck Island

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:49:10 -0800

Seattle sued 35th North last year over the creation of the bowl on what the city calls a wildlife habitat.

Hiker dies after falling down 100-foot Sierra Nevada cliff

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:21:33 -0800

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hiker died after falling down a 100-foot cliff in the Sierra Nevada. The Sacramento Bee reports Thursday that search and rescue teams skied out to Granite Chief, a 9,000-foot mountain just west of Olympic Village, on Wednesday night after receiving reports of three stranded hikers. Placer County Sheriff’s […]

A skier’s ‘how-to’ guide to Whistler

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Seven tips for a great day on the slopes at Brtitish Columbia’s famed resort.

Kirkland skier dies after hitting tree at Mission Ridge

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:32:13 -0800

The Chelan County sheriff's Office says the man was skiing on the "Lip Lip" run when he traveled off the right side of the run and struck a tree.

Reader’s Lens | Duck yoga

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:25:00 -0800

Seattle Times reader Gloria Z. Nagler’s photo of a mallard stretching her wings on a rain-filled pond.

‘We thought we’d pulled a dead person out of the water’: Woman recovers after Puget Sound rescue

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:28 -0800

Heart-lung machines are doing a new job at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, saving the lives of people with otherwise fatal injuries, like a woman who was pulled from Puget Sound and is thriving again. "I would definitely call it a miracle," says a Navy commander injured at Whidbey Island.

Ski and shoot: Biathlon gaining followers in the West

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Olympic Games put winter’s mystery sport in the spotlight. In Washington, there are two places to try it.

Mountain biker found dead on Ashland, Oregon, trail

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:51:37 -0800

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a mountain biker was found dead along an Ashland trail, and a medical examiner will try to determine if he died from the crash impact or some other reason. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a hiker found the body and the bicycle Monday on a trail often […]

Teen girl dies in fall from cliff hike at Zion National Park

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:52:46 -0800

SALT LAKE CITY — A 13-year-old girl fell to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops at Zion National Park, officials said Tuesday. The Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel’s Landing Trail on Monday evening, park ranger John Marciano said. She was quickly discovered by […]

Electronic passes available for Yellowstone park visitors

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:30:54 -0800

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has begun offering digital annual and seven-day visitor passes. Interested visitors can now purchase the passes online through at no additional charge. The also offers electronic passes to select other federal lands managed by the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Related […]