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Not long ago I was hiking up a timbered slope in the Wallowas to a big field of talus I’d noticed on satellite imagery. “Ground-truthing,” you might say, something I often do when I spot an in…

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I own a device which will, with an immensely satisfying and sizzling crack, reduce a mosquito to its constituent atoms.

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The sky is unblemished blue, the gentlest of breezes is whispering through the ponderosa pines, and Dennis Saranto is smiling.

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Dan Story was just trying to make it easier for drivers to see approaching cars as they steered through the serpentine Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway west of Baker City.

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We celebrated the second week of June in the customary way, by going on a snowshoe hike to an alpine lake that’s still frozen.

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I ought to have known better than to trust the Blue Mountains a month shy of the summer solstice.

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I don’t think I’m especially gullible but recently I spent the better part of an hour nosing into the nooks and crannies on a lonely mountaintop, searching for something based solely on advice…

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For every mountain I believe there is one place, one vantage point, from which the peak appears particularly fetching.

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A bacterial illness has spread through Baker County’s biggest herd of bighorn sheep, but a state wildlife biologist said it won’t be clear until later this year how severe the death toll is li…

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’Tis better to give than to receive, to which I would add that it’s also gratifying to yank somebody’s pickup truck out of the snow.

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Oregon’s estimated wolf population increased by 15% in 2019, and as has been the case since the animals returned to Oregon about 20 years ago, the majority of the state’s wolves live in the no…

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When you’re serious about social distancing — as we all should be — it’s helpful to live where public land is measured in the millions of acres.

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My right boot puffed dust and my left sunk into grainy snow of the sort that’s usually squeezed into a paper cup and slathered with intensely sweet syrup that turns your tongue an artificially…

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Poachers don’t just steal from hunters, Yvonne Shaw emphasizes — they steal from every Oregonian.

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I was driving through the sage, hoping to find a mild spring breeze and the early buttercup, when I glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw a cloud of dust roiling in my wake.

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There are millions of trees in the Wallowa Mountains but sometimes it only takes one to stop a bunch of Boy Scouts.

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My son Max was so focused on following the heading on his new compass that he didn’t notice he had dropped one of his black ski gloves.

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The insect-spread virus that killed an estimated 2,000 white-tailed deer in Umatilla County last fall has been detected elsewhere in Northeast Oregon, but it hasn’t caused any major die-offs i…

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The relative handful of hunters fortunate enough to draw a tag for a mountain goat will have more time to track down one of the cliff-dwelling animals in 2020.

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I love snow except when my rig is mired in the stuff up to the axles, as helpless as a whale stranded above the high-tide line.

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Henry Spivey clamps a bare fish hook in a tiny vise and starts wrapping bright orange thread around the metal.

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A Christmas tree is an enchanting sight both when it’s standing in a snowy glen in the deep woods and later, when its aromatic and ornament-laden branches enrich your living room.

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The snowstorms that bookended Thanksgiving didn’t deliver quite enough snow to allow Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort to open for the season.

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Oregon wildlife officials are trying to make it easier for hunters to harvest antlerless elk that are damaging croplands in Northeastern Oregon.

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Farel Baxter’s dad died almost a quarter century ago but even now there are moments, when he’s deep in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, that Farel feels his father as not merely a pleasant memory but…

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The stump of the juvenile ponderosa pine nearly sent me sprawling, but I wasn’t particularly perturbed at barely avoiding what might have been a painful tumble.

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Fischer Schluessler traveled most of the way across America to hunt mountain goats in Baker County.

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Wes Morgan isn’t thrilled by the prospect of slogging through snow before the calendar flips from September to October.

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The elk: a great runner, an eater-upper of rough terrain, a beast that knits the Blue/Wallowa Mountain country together in its yearly rounds — summering in the high parklands and meadows, wint…

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The Herculean Camping Loop is a seven-day, 292-mile road cycling adventure through a wide range of ecosystems and summits. Each day covers between 16 and 58 miles of isolated pavement and conc…

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There is an advantage to hiking in conditions that approximate the inside of a refrigerator, only with wind gusts and rain showers, neither of which is common inside a properly functioning kit…

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Some of the more memorable climbs I’ve made in the mountains brought me to low ground rather than high.

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As we watched mountain goats saunter across nearly sheer rock, frolic on snowdrifts and crop alpine wildflowers, I had a sudden and almost painful hankering for an elephant ear.

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It was the hottest day of the year and my throat felt the way I imagine it would feel if I had recently swallowed a sheet of sandpaper.

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A mountain stream is the artistic virtuoso of the natural world.

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NORTH POWDER — Dan Marvin stands beside a chest-high bale of alfalfa hay and gazes west to the dark forest at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains, where the hungry beasts wait.