Outdoors

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Roskelley talk to detail Columbia River paddling

WATERSPORTS -- John Roskelley, best know for his mountaineering achievements, is giving a free program on his new guidebook to Paddling the Columbia River at 7 p.m. on Sept.30 at the Spokane REI store. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot in advance. See my July...

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014

Senior mountaineers led the way for rising stars

CLIMBING -- Bill Fix and Joe Collins -- two legendary Spokane Mountaineers -- celebrated Joe's 89th birthday Sunday. They are especially known for taking a couple of young upstart climbers under their wings 50 years ago and launching them toward the top of the world....

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

Roskelley receives Golden Ice Axe Award in France

CORRECTION: In 1962, John Harlin was the first American to climb the North Face of the Eiger, along with a German climber. in 1974, Roskelley and Kopczynski were the first U.S. team to make the ascent. That point was wrong in my initial post. CLIMBING...

MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Roskelley first American to receive Golden Ice Axe award

CLIMBING -- Spokane alpinist John Roskelley, 65 -- one of the world's premier mountaineers in the 60s, 70s and 80s -- will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in late March 2014. The honor is given to those “whose...

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Rockfall leaves Chimney Rock unstable, dangerous

ROCK CLIMBING -- Climbers were humbled earlier this month to find a massive rock fall had wiped out a generation of climbing routes on the east face of Chimney Rock, a landmark on the skyline east of Priest Lake. And the danger lingers. The collapse...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

Roskelley presents climbing slides, stories

MOUNTAINEERING -- Spokane's John Roskelley, perhaps America's premier mountaineer in the 1980s, will present a slide show and share climbing insights in a presentation Thursday (June 21), 7 p.m., at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division. The photos and stories will relate to...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

Tonight: so many outdoor programs, so little time

From grizzly bears to fly fishing, several interesting outdoors related programs are scheduled tonight in Spokane, plus one biggie for anglers in Sandpoint. It's too bad people have to choose just one to attend. Here's a sampling of the lineup: Fly fishing film helps anglers...


Bhutan trekking show funds opposition to Mt. Spokane ski expansion

Tonight's program on trekking in an exotic land is aimed at funding a local issue at Mount Spokane. Spokane mountaineer John Roskelley will present a program on trekking in Bhutan tonight, 6 p.m., at the Community Building, 35 W. Main. Donations benefit Save Mt. Spokane...

MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Banff Films leave us in the dust

ADVENTURE --Spokane movie buffs lived on the edge for the past three days. The World Tour from the Banff Mountain Film Festival featuring sometimes death-defying feats from underground to the highest mountains ended its three-day run at The Bing Crosby Theater Sunday night.The Spokane audience...

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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