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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017

A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, the type used for high-elevation rescues, stages on the Kahiltna Glacier below Denali in Alaska.  (Associated Press)

Denali crevasse rescue chilling to say the least

MOUNTAINEERING -- Denali National Park climbing rescue rangers, God bless them, got a workout this week in two separate life-threatening incidents on North America's highest peak. Following are reports from the Associated Press regarding the rescue of two climbers in separate incidents on Denali...

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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

Skiers make a spring ascent of Mount St. Helens. (Hillary Landers)

Mount St. Helens ripe for ski ascent, descent

MOUNTAINEERING -- While spring flowers are sprouting and blooming in the lowlands, some of Washington's high mountains are in prime conditions for ski mountaineering. That's the word received today from my favorite youngest daughter, who said her Saturday adventure in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017

FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016

Carrie Ringo Carlquist and other Spokane Mountain enjoy spectacular views during their slog up the Muir Snowfield the day before they began their summit bid on Mount Rainier. That's the Tatoosh Range, Goat Rocks Wilderness and Mount Adams in the background.

Rainier Mountain festival celebrates climbing

CLIMBING -- Two days of mountaineering speakers, climbing gear deals and entertainment are being organized for the annual Rainier Mountain Festival Sept. 17-18 at Ashford, Washington, to mark the end of the Mount Rainier guided climbing season. The event includes live music on Friday and...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

In June 2016, Brent Okita, a professional mountain guide, became the second person to ascend 14,410’ Mount Rainier 500 times.   (Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. )

Guide second to climb Mount Rainier 500 times

MOUNTAINEERING -- On Tuesday, Brent Okita, a professional mountain guide, became the second person to reach the summit of Mount Rainier 500 times, according to a release from RMI Expeditions (RMI). Climbing to the summit at 14,410-feet required Okita, 55, to log more than 9...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Melissa Arnot (Eddie Bauer)

Melissa Arnot climbs into Mount Everest record book

MOUNTAINEERING -- Professional climber Melissa Arnot, 32, on Monday became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and survive the descent without supplemental oxygen, according to Outside Online. Arnot's ascent of the 29,035-foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet marked her sixth...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Lisa Webster ascends Mount Hood on April 19.
 (Clint Webster)

Mount Hood climbers find what they're looking for

CLIMBING -- Photos that arrived in the S-R Outdoors in-basket this week seem to explain without any words the attraction of Cascades mountaineering. The photos show Lisa Webster summiting Mt. Hood April 19 with her brother, Clint Webster. Both Websters are emergency room RNs who...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015


MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

Hazen Audel of Spokane, left, is with a family in Nepal -- camping out to avoid danger of collapsing buildings during a series of earthquakes that have rocked the nation in late April 2015. (Courtesy)

Two Spokane adventurers reported safe in Nepal

ADVENTURE -- Two well-known Spokane adventurers climbing or traveling in Nepal have reported they are unharmed and doing OK as earthquakes continue to rumble and cause widespread havoc and death in the Himalayan country. Jess Roskelley, who's on a filming expedition to climb Annapurna, the 10th highest peak...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014

Barbara Washburn, right, poses with her husband, Bradford Washburn during the 1947 Alaska expedition on which she became the first woman to climb Mount McKinley.

First woman to climb McKinley dead at 99

MOUNTAINEERING -- Barbara Polk Washburn, first woman to climb the highest peak in the United States, died in Massachusetts on Sept. 25 at the age of 99. The climb of Mount McKinley was less about breaking barriers than about building a relationship with her husband,...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.