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Another climber once asked me if I knew the definition of mountaineering. There are a lot of possible answers to a question like that, but nothing came to mind. "What is it?" I asked. "Moving slowly uphill while not feeling very well," he replied.

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 2:58pm

This would be a good time to think about how many salmon we need for our personal use. When I first learned how to catch salmon, I gave little thought to how many I needed. Cursed by Norwegian genes, my main concern was being on the water, fishing.

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 2:58pm

NEW YORK - Pulling on the track jacket when the newscaster on the radio just said it was 7 a.m. and already 83 degrees felt a little weird. Maybe even crazy. I did it anyway.

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 2:57pm

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Wed, 07/17/2013 - 8:29pm

Lito Tejada-Flores, a world class mountaineer, once wrote "you never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 4:07pm

This has been an interesting year. In most Junes of the most recent 30-some years, I've spent a lot of hours chasing king salmon and razor clams. Due to the scarcity of these species this season, I've neither fished nor clammed.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 4:07pm

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Wed, 07/03/2013 - 8:53pm

Almost overnight, the mosquitoes came out in force across the Kenai Peninsula, leading to shortages of insect repellent and general discontent during outdoor activities.

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 5:26pm

Claiming first place for the first time in the Homer Yacht Club's annual regatta was Capt. Ron Downing of Homer and his 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter, Morning Star.

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 5:27pm

So, you think you know a few things about salmon. These 10 questions will put your knowledge to the test. 1. The thick, dark substance located between the swim bladder and the spine of a salmon is: a. coagulated blood b. kidney c. spinal fluid 2.

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 5:26pm

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