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Wed., Feb. 22, 2012, 10:27 a.m.

Bhutan trekking show funds opposition to Mt. Spokane ski expansion

Nestled deep in the Himalayas between India and Tibet, Bhutan remains one of the worlds most remote and least-visited countries. Less than 5,000 foreigners a year visit the Buddhist kingdom, and only a fraction of them trek through old-growth forests and up spectacular river gorges to reach the 25,000-foot peaks that protect its northern border. John Roskelley, a climber, trekking guide and former Spokane County Commissioner, explored the area thoroughly and presents slide programs on his adventures. (John Roskelley)
Nestled deep in the Himalayas between India and Tibet, Bhutan remains one of the worlds most remote and least-visited countries. Less than 5,000 foreigners a year visit the Buddhist kingdom, and only a fraction of them trek through old-growth forests and up spectacular river gorges to reach the 25,000-foot peaks that protect its northern border. John Roskelley, a climber, trekking guide and former Spokane County Commissioner, explored the area thoroughly and presents slide programs on his adventures. (John Roskelley)

Tonight's program on trekking in an exotic land is aimed at funding a local issue at Mount Spokane.

Spokane mountaineer John Roskelley will present a program on trekking in Bhutan tonight, 6 p.m., at the Community Building, 35 W. Main.

Donations benefit Save Mt. Spokane Coalition. RSVP: aswan@landscouncil.org.

The Spokane Mountaineers has voted to join The Lands Council in opposing a plan to expand the alpine ski area at Mount Spokane.

Roskelley, a mountaineer and former Spokane County commissioner, has been an outspoken opponent to adding a chairlift and opening ski runs on what's now considered the "backside" of the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.




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