Outdoors

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Birding, fly fishing programs presented this week

OUTGROUPS – Inland Northwest outdoors groups have drummed up some good stuff for their monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Trans-America touring and local bicycling programs will be discussed by three speakers, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117...

TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

Video: mountain biker rocks on this ride

MOUNTAIN BIKING -- A new flick, The Ridge, by mountain-biking trick rider Danny Macaskill is one of the most beautifully filmed to date. Macaskill climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Centennial Trail temporarily rerouted around Sullivan Bridge

TRAILS -- The Spokane River Centennial Trail at Sullivan Bridge is being closed during the daytime hours this week because of construction. The closures started today, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue through Friday, Spokane Valley engineers say. Workers are building a protective...

MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

Outdoor groups revive monthly programs

OUTTEACH – After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: Bicycling Trans-Washington, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., for Spokane Bicycle Club. Audubon Adventures, birding and nature activities for...

MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014

Pearl Jam skateboard nets $4,450 for Ferry County trail

TRAILS -- Somebody made out like a bandit in an auction benefitting the Ferry County Rail Trail. Eddie Vedder and the rock group Pearl Jam band members supported the 25-mile Ferry County Rail Trail in northeastern Washington by signing and donating a cool skateboard to...

FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

Sunny outlook for Bare As You Dare bike rides

BICYCLING -- We're happy to report that none of the hundred or so participants in Missoula's recent Bare As You Dare bike ride was arrested, although some riders may have suffered sunburn -- and severe chaffing. See the Missoulian story and check out the photo...

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

Eddie Vedder skateboard auction benefits Ferry County rail trail

TRAILS -- Eddie Vedder and the rock group Pearl Jam band members are rallying to support the 25-mile Ferry County Rail Trail in northeastern Washington by signing and donating a cool skateboard to an online auction that's underway on eBay. At last look, the bids...

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

SpokeFest among bounty of September cycling events

CYCLING -- SpokeFest, one of the region's premier bicycling events with courses for every ability level based out of Spokane, is coming up Sept. 7 Register before Sept. 1 to avoid late fees and enter a drawing for a free bike from REI or a...

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

Lentil Festival runs out of gas

BICYCLING -- I'm getting this second hand, but some Spokane bicyclists who traveled to Pullman for the organized bike tour associated with the annual Lentil Festival came home, shall we say, deflated. They said they were all geared up for a lentil burger to restore...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

Adventure Cycling releases list of bike tours, learning experiences

CYCLING -- If you're dreaming up a plan for a bicycle tour in 2015, check out the recently released list of 2015 early, epic, and educational tours from Adventure Cycling. The Missoula-based bike touring association has a delicious schedule of group tours you can join...

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Whitefish mountain bike route a ‘model’ flow trail

CYCLING -- A year after its completion, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Kashmir Trail has been named a model “Flow Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. The route is among 30 miles of downhill and cross-country trails at the Whitefish Bike Park. Once a year, IMBA...


Huge variety of bicycling events coming up

CYCLING -- Whether you want to stay close to Spokane or travel across borders to new terrain, August and September offer a huge assortment of organized bicycling events to pique your interest in pedaling. Of note coming up: Tour de Lentil metric century, Aug. 23:...

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

Poster reminds dog owners to bag it

PUBLIC LANDS -- Looks like Spokane isn't the only city in the USA where people think it's OK to let their dogs leave calling cards wherever the urge strikes.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Sign-up for SpokeFest now for chance to win bike

BICYCLING -- The annual SpokeFest event, with bike rides and activities for the whole family based out of Spokane's Riverfront Park and into Riverside State Park, isn't until Sept. 7. But if you register before Monday, June 30, your name will be entered in drawing...

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Centennial Trail nets $30,000 from Spokane Bike Swap

TRAILS -- The numbers are in for the third annual Spokane Bike Swap and the checks are written -- including a $30,000 boost for the Friends of the Centennial Trail. “Spokane Bike Swap has become the largest supporter of our Trail Builder’s Fund,” said Loreen...

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014

State of the Trails program updates a dozen prized areas

TRAILS -- The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up more than a dozen local leaders in trails-related efforts for the annual “state of the trails” presentations Thursday, June 12, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley....

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Mountain bikers conquer 24-Hour course mostly unscathed

BICYCLING -- Riverside State Park was bustling with bicycles over the holiday weekend for the annual 24 Hours Round the Clock Mountain Bike Race. The event attracted 720 riders including 123 teams and 34 solos, plus a big crowd of supporters camped out for the...

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Route of the Hiawatha opens to bikes on Saturday

BICYCLING -- The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Friday, May 24. See my feature story and photos on this "Idaho bucket list" family adventure. The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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