Peter G. Williams

Summer Skiing on Washington’s Volcanoes

Washington’s volcanoes offer a wide variety of ski mountaineering options, from expert death defying descents to leisurely ski descents for the intermediate skier. Two mountains in particular offer fun ski descents that are reasonable and accessible: Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. Mount Adams, located in the Cascade Range 75 miles northeast of Portland, is …

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Middle Fork, Salmon River. Photo: Peter G. Williams

Wilderness Trip of a Lifetime on Idaho’s Salmon River: Kayaking and Rafting the Middle Fork

If there is heaven on earth, it can be found on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho. This 104-mile-long whitewater trip through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness has everything that makes the perfect trip: great whitewater, deep wilderness, pristine camping spots, and daily natural hot …

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The Ultimate Whitewater Ski Trip: Resort Runs + Backcountry Turns

Well known are the incredible amenities and ski terrain offered by Whitewater Ski Resort, located just outside of Nelson, British Columbia. Less appreciated is the amazing backcountry access and unparalleled ski terrain that is offered in the out-of-bounds terrain. Experience them both for the ultimate Kootenay ski trip.   Whitewater the Resort Whitewater Ski Resort …

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Beneath Cold Seas.

Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

David Hall, University of Washington Press, 2011, 160 pages An incredible photographic showcase of marine life of the Pacific Northwest, “Beneath Cold Seas” offers spectacular imagery of the undersea world in our region. Numerous amazing images are accompanied by interesting text that explains the images and the challenges of high-end photography in the frigid waters …

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The Challenge of Rainier: A Record of the Explorations and Ascents, Triumphs and Tragedies on One of North America’s Greatest Mountains

Dee Molenaar, The Mountaineers Books, 4th Edition, 2011, 430 pages The definitive book concerning the mountaineering history and essence of Mount Rainier is Dee Molenaar’s The Challenge of Rainier. Originally published in 1971, a fully revised and highly readable edition was recently published to commemorate the 40th anniversary. For anyone with any level of interest …

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