September 15 Buzz: Outdoors News Shorts

Mountaineers sponsors OutdoorsFest Saturday

OutdoorsFest, one of the biggest and coolest outdoor fests in the Northwest, is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Mountaineers building at Magnuson Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to seminars, a gear swap, beer garden and outdoor gear vendors, the day will kick off with a 5k Trivia Trail Run with sign-up at 8:15 a.m. ($10) and race start at 9 a.m.

Participants run a 5k in Magnuson Park stopping every 1k to answer a trivia question. Questions will be multiple choice and involve correctly identifying an unmarked trail, peak, lake, ridge, etc. on a map. Correct answers will take time off your final time, incorrect answers will add to it. You’re fast, but do you know where Gothic Peak is?

Also scheduled is a talk by Jake Norton who was part of the team that discovered George Mallory’s body on Mt. Everest in 1999. Hear him at 1 p.m.

The Fest is free. Ample parking is available.

Stevens Pass Mountain Bike Park to open Oct. 1-2

It’s been years in the making but it’s finally happening. Check out this cool video for the latest information!

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Fall Bike Fest in Methow Valley

It’s the 25th year for the Methow Valley Fall Bike and Film Festival Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Mountain biking, road biking and bicycling films highlight the event. This year’s event features British Columbia Trials Stars Demo Team. Register soon!

Romp to Stomp offers early discount

Photo by Carolyn Price

It’s not too early to start thinking about winter, and if you want to save some money early, register by Sept. 30 for the Washington or Oregon Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series and lock in last year’s rates. Oregon’s event is planned for Jan. 21 at Mt. Bachelor; Washington’s event takes place at Stevens Pass Feb.4. The event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Lane County – All in a Day’s Drive

If you have love videos, you will love watching these Lane County adventure videos on whitewater rafting on the McKenzie River, Sandboarding on the Oregon Dunes in Florence, Wakeboarding at Fern Ridge Reservoir, Mountain Biking in Oakridge and Rock Climbing at Skinner Butte Columns in Eugene.

For a cool video of mountain biking the McKenzie River Trail, this one’s fun:

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