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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Bonner County digs deep to oppose wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS -- Bonner County Commissioners got most of what they wanted in changes to recommended wilderness in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests revised management plan just released this fall. But they want more. I mean they want less. Actually, they want none. SANDPOINT, Idaho...

MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

Mountain goat shoulder wound likely from fight

WILDLIFE -- My Sunday Outdoors story about the consequences of food-conditioning wildlife mentions the 2010 incident in which a hiker in Olympic National Park bled to death after being gored in the thigh by an aggressive mountain goat. The horns on a mountain goat are...

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Peak experience for mountain goats

HIKING -- The greeting party was there, as usual on top of Scotchman Peak on Thursday, rewarding my daughter and me for our steep 7-mile-round-trip hike from the northeast corner of Lake Pend Oreille. Mountain goats that live on the Idaho peak towering above Clark...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

Scotchman Peaks continues mountain goat awareness effort

WILDLIFE -- Three cheers for Gonzaga University student Molly Sullivan Roberge and others who've been putting up posters recently to help the mountain-going public learn how to be good neighbors with the mountain goats that highlight our high-country hiking trips. Shown above, Molly is putting...

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Video: Hikers enjoy company of Scotchman Peak goats

The Mountain Goats of Scotchman Peak from Bob Legasa on Vimeo. HIKING -- We teased you earlier, but now North Idaho videographer Bob Legasa has completed his short feature on the pleasures and personalities you might meet after making a hard 7-mile round-trip hike up...

FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Video hints at rewards of hiking up Scotchman Peak

Scotchman Peak Teaser from Bob Legasa on Vimeo. HIKING -- Bob Legasa, the North Idaho videographer best known for footage of hotdog skiers getting air and breaking pow, is working on a video of the critters he met on his recent hike to the summit...


Scotchman Friends print cards to educate hikers about mountain goats

HIKING -- Mountain goats continue to make friendly appearances to reward hikers who make the steep 7-mile round trip to the summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness would like to see that great relationship continue,...

THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Scotchman Friends educating hikers about mountain goats

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Mountain goat watching has become an attraction luring hikers up the significantly steep 7-mile round trip to the top of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. Unfortunately, some hikers are urinating on the mountain top and making food available to the...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

Snow sloggers find company on Scotchman Peak

HIKING -- Deb Hunsicker and Phil Hough know their way around Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. As members of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness the couple has hiked up the namesake peak numerous times. Their intimacy with the mountain paid off...

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

Scotchman friends honor shutterbugs on hikes

HIKING -- The annual summer series of group hikes organized by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will is giving participants something to focus on besides exploring potential wilderness areas in the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. Each volunteer-led hike has its...

TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Backcountry skiers find peak experience on Scotchman

WINTER SPORTS -- A Saturday trek to the top of Scotchman Peak gave three backcountry skiers a heavenly if not gusty view of Lake Pend Oreille. Jake Ostman, Jacob Styler and Michael Lucid -- along with their canine companions Coco and Mojo -- skinned up...

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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