Outdoors

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

Photo:A fine day to climb Rainier

CLIMBING -- Climbing Mount Rainier with the Spokane Mountaineers clearly was a perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer.  This group beat the odds and made it to the top. ...

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014

Mount Rainier welcomes Washingtonians home

TRAVEL -- Normally I'm thrilled and filled with hope for adventures to come when I return from a far away place and fly past Mount Rainier, the state's great "Welcome ...

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

North Cascades Highway to open Thursday

NATIONAL PARKS -- The party's almost over for bicyclists who've had long stretches of the North Cascades Highway all to themselves as road crews have been clearing snow from State ...

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014

Spokane Mountaineers take another group higher

CLIMBING -- More than 50 students and instructors followed the steps of tradition to the top of Stevens Peak last weekend during the annual Spokane Mountaineers Mountain School overnight snow practice near ...

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

North Cascades Highway clearing starts today

PARKS – Crews are scheduled to begin clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway today, March 31, Washington Transportation Department officials say. The mountainous stretch of Highway 20 could reopen by early ...

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

Seven Summits climber speaks Friday at REI

CLIMBING -- Looking for a diversion from basketball?  Check this out: Friday (March 21): John Mauro, the 65th American to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, will recount ...

MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014


Video: Idaho man leads expedition to Myanmar peak

Myanmar Bridges to Change from Fisher Creative on Vimeo. MOUNTAINEERING -- An Idaho man is at the forefront of this soon-to-be released video (see just-posted trailer above) about the American-Burmese mountaineering expedition to ...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

Outdoor industry applauds Inslee’s initiative

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The Outdoor Industry Association has high praise for Gov. Jay Inslee's recent executive order creating a blue-ribbon task force to support outdoor recreation in Washington state.   Inslee’s task force demonstrates the state’s commitment ...

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Former Rainier climbing ranger dies in Patagonia

MOUNTAINEERING -- A former Mount Rainier climbing ranger believed to be the first person to climb Washington's highest peak in fewer than five hours, died Friday in a mountaineering accident in Patagonia, ...

MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Revenge for outdoor prank has no time limit

OUTDOOR COMPANIONS -- In 1980 I stuffed a few rocks into Gary Cassel's backpack in the darkness before our group of Spokane Mountaineers began climbing Mount Hood. He carried 10 pounds of ...

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Snow closes North Cascades Highway for season

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- After finding a 12-foot deep avalanche along a 150-foot stretch of highway below Liberty Bell Mountain this morning, the state Department of Transportation has decided to keep the ...

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 18, 2013

Spokane Mountaineers more than a climbing club

OUTDOOR GROUPS -- The Spokane Mountaineers, an outdoors club that's been exploring the region's mountains, waters and trails for nearly a century, will describe their activities in the annual Meet the ...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog


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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