Storied climber Fred Beckey died on October 30, felled by congestive heart failure at age 94 after a lifetime relentlessly dedicated to putting up routes on peaks around the world. Both Mr. Adventure and I have longstanding connections to Beckey, Mr. Adventure as a former climber and an admirer and me as an historian of the North Cascades. And last Friday, as we drove through unseasonably early snow over two mountain passes on our way to a reading in Leavenworth, we were about to be forcefully reminded of Beckey’s influence in our lives. As I got organized for my talk,…
Should we restore grizzlies to the North Cascades? Now is the time to get involved in the decision-making process.
An aerial tram could transport lots of national park visitors to scenic alpine viewpoints. Ain’t gonna happen.
Mt. Baker is a notable exception to the hundreds of peaks inside the boundaries of North Cascades National Park. Why isn’t this iconic mountain part of the park? Turns out, there are some good reasons.
In the 1960s, the Forest Service tried hard to retain jurisdiction over Cascade Pass, but couldn’t overcome public opinion — and the President.