First woman to climb McKinley dead at 99

MOUNTAINEERING -- Barbara Polk Washburn, first woman to climb the highest peak in the United States, died in Massachusetts on Sept. 25 at the age of 99. The climb of Mount McKinley was less about breaking barriers than about building a relationship with her husband,...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

Accomplishments of Spokane climbers held in high esteem

MOUNTAINEERING -- A man in his 30s recently told me that few young adults, even climbers, know anything about Spokane Mountaineer Chris Kopczynski. That's stunning considering that the local contractor is a Seven Summits veteran and joined John Roskelley to be the first American team...


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. Only about 40 percent of the 11,000 mountaineers who attempt the climb reach...

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....


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...


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 summit what the group is calling the highest peak in Southeast Asia...

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, according to a report in the Tacoma-News Tribune. Chad Kellogg, 42 of Seattle,...

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, NOV. 15, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

2013 Reel Rock films at Mountain Gear Sept. 27

CLIMBING – Spokane is one of the first stops for the 2013 Reel Rock 8 Film Tour, a gripping collection of climbing films that will show Friday (Sept. 27) starting at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear’s retail store, 2002 N. Division St. The films, which...


Ski mountaineers set speed record for Rainier — 3:57:55

MOUNTAINEERING -- Two ski mountaineers have set a speed record for climbing and descending Mount Rainier from the Paradise parking lot, scorching the icy slopes in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds. Andy and Jason Dorais of Salt Lake City set the record on...


THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Record: Mexican climber scales Everest twice — in two weeks

MOUNTAINEERING -- David Liaño Gonzales, 33, from Mexico, became the first mountaineer to double summit on Mount Everest in the same season. He summited from the South Col route on May 11, got a good break in the weather and a helicopter ride to Katmandu...

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Spokane climbers challenge Mount Everest

MOUNTAINEERING -- Two climbers with Spokane connections had their moment on Mount Everest, elev. 29,035 feet, last weekend with mixed results. Dawes Eddy, 70, who climbed the world's highest peak in 2009, made his way to around 24,000 feet on Sunday (May 19) before turning...


Climbers abandon Everest after attack by Sherpas

MOUNTAINEERING -- An American female climber who's climbed Mount Everest four times is getting a big share of the credit for saving three British climbers confronted on Everest by an angry mob. British climber-photographer Jon Griffith told The Guardian he had to flee with two...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Plan to attend program on spur of the moment climbing

CLIMBING -- Jess Roskelley of Spokane said Alaska climber John Frieh opened his eyes with his method of "Smash and Grab" climbing efforts (see the Sunday Outdoors story). They'll be explaining it in a free mult-media program starting at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) at...

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Fish, wildlife, Mount Everest and much more in the news last week

Top recent outdoors-related stories in The Spokesman-Review include: First U.S. team to summit Everest reunites Field Reports: Biologists to present basics for Priest Lake fisheries plan Roskelley takes lesson from Frieh on smash-and-grab climbing Spokane Fly Fishing School teaches lasting lessons Out & About: Record...

MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

Upgrades approved for Rainier’s Camp Muir

The National Parks Service has approved long-awaited upgrades to Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir – one of the main stops for the thousands of people who climb the mountain. Pacific West Region director Chris Lehnertz determined that upgrading the high camp would have no impact on...

FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012

Jess Roskelley climbs new Alaska Range route

MOUNTAINEERING -- Jess Roskelley of Spokane teamed with John Frieh of Portland in late October for a three-day "smash and grab" outing to pioneer a new route on Mount Wake in the Alaska Range. Roskelley, the son of Spokane mountaineering veteran and county commissioner candidate,...

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