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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017

Some snow showed up on Sherman Pass on September 19, 2017. (Washington Department of Transportation)

Tracking snow at Sherman Pass this morning

WINTERSPORTS -- Skiers and snowshowers shouldn't get too excited, but Eastern Washington hunters at least ought to be thrilled to see moisture in the form of snow at Sherman Pass this morning. At elevation 5,575 feet, Sherman Pass is the highest pass in Washington that's...

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MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017

A mountain grouse track crosses a snowshoe hare track before the bird launched to fly away. (Rich Landers)

Critter tracks read like story in the snow

WILDLIFE -- On Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, I contemplated several options for the day. My decision was made when I called the Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski trails hotline (238-4025) for the recorded snow conditions report. When Park Manager Steve Christensen said...

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Fog fills the Spokane below the sunny winter slopes of Mount Spokane. (Sue Niezgoda)

Sunshine feast winding down at Mount Spokane

WINTERSPORTS -- The frigid weather of the past week was easier to tolerate by heading high to bask in the warmth and sunshine. In case you haven't noticed, when the weather report advises of air stagnation and burning restrictions, there's probably an inversion. In...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

The "vastly improved" outhouse at the Snow Peak Cabin south of Sherman Pass. (Jon Jonckers)

Snow Peak Cabin guests enjoy upgraded privvy

WINTERSPORTS -- The winter backcountry season is kicking into gear near Sherman Pass, and visitors who've planned ahead and secured reservations to ski or snowshoe into the Snow Peak Cabin will find, as one backcountry enthusiast called it, "a vastly improved outhouse." Snow Peak Cabin...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016

In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 photo, ice clings to a cliff at Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Avalanches, falling ice, crevasses and undermined snow are some of the dangers faced by backcountry skiers at the birthplace of extreme skiing. (Robert Bukaty / Associated Press)

Avalanche deaths: worst January since 2008

WINTERSPORTS -- Avalanche deaths are on the rise as more people explore backcountry recreation and El Nino dumps snow in the West, the Associated Press reports. Data from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the 11 deaths in January made that month the deadliest since...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016


MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016

Deadly January: Avalanches kill 10 in 10 days 

WINTERSPORTS -- The five avalanche fatalities recorded from Mount Baker to Wyoming over the weekend contributed to January being the deadliest month in 20 years for on-snow travelers. Even my earlier report on the weekend accidents involving skiers and snowmobilers at Mount Baker, Montana and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016

FRIDAY, JAN. 1, 2016

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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.