Google launches ‘River View’ virtual tour of Grand Canyon

Google Maps is making a splash today with another innovation in the way the service continues to revolutionize the way we see the world. Google's pioneering Street View cameras have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with...


Lessons from rafting the Canyon: pee bottle

CAMPING -- Urine management is required on rivers, but it's also worth consideration on virtually any camping trip where a vault toilet isn't close by camp. I thought about this several times a day -- not to mention a few more times at night --...

TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014

Lessons from rafting the Grand Canyon: for anglers

ADVENTURING -- My recent multi-week winter rafting-hiking adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (see story here) prompts a few hints to people planning similar river trips as well as to anglers planning multi-day trips to places such as Alaska: CARE FOR YOUR...

MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

Lessons from rafting the Grand Canyon: for groups

ADVENTURING -- My recent multi-week winter rafting-hiking adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (see story here) with a private group prompts me to share some observations to people planning similar group river trips. For example: BAG THE GROUP KITCHEN: If your trip...

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

Landers returns from wild time in Grand Canyon

About 50 hours ago I snapped this photo after hiking out 10 miles and nearly a mile in elevation to the Grand Canyon's South Rim Village. I'd been rafting the Colorado River and exploring the side canyons for two weeks. But I had to leave...

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Flash flood ordeal recounted by paddlers

NOTE DATE: The date for this program was incorrect in today's print version of the announcement. PADDLING – Four Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club members who survived a close call with a freak flash flood event while kayaking the Green River of Utah will present...


Colorado pike fishing issue similar to Pend Oreille River

FISHING -- This story took me back to the Pend Oreille River about 10 years ago... Northern pike have made their way into the Upper Colorado River Utah has already put a $20 bounty on northern pike, the toothy adversary of a healthy trout population,...

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

Locals tell of winter rafting expedition in Grand Canyon

RIVERS – Lynn and Stan Mrzygod will recount their recent 30-day, 300-mile, self-guided winter excursion through the wild rapids in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in a slide program sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club on Monday, 7 p.m. at Mountain...

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

River rangers say rafters on their own in Cataract Canyon

RIVER RUNNING -- The National Park Service is abandoning its normal practice of stationing rangers at a rescue camp near the most dangerous stretch of the world-renowned rapids of Utah's Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. A story in the Deseret News explains that with...

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

Overloaded kayakers tell tale of surviving Grand Canyon

PADDLING -- Typically the Grand Canyon is floated by raft because of the length of time it takes to boat the roadless stretch of the Colorado River. Most trips take 12-21 days to negotiate big whitewater and long stretches of flatwater. All the skills requirements...


Grand Canyon river float applications due

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters who have the do-it-yourself skills for big water have until Feb. 23 to apply for a coveted permit to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service is holding its annual lottery this month to assign...

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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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