Outdoors

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

Congress finally gives wilderness a nod

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

International Selkirk Loop motor route detailed in new book

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- A photographic journey encircling the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and southeastern British Columbia has been compiled into a new book. “Selkirks Spectacular” (Keokee Books) highlights the International Selkirk Loop, a 280-mile scenic route named by Rand McNally as one...

MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Geology program ‘flies’ viewers over path of Ice Age Floods

GEOLOGY -- Fasten your seat belts geology buffs, a geologist will present a free program this week that uses technology, personal aircraft and video footage to "fly" viewers over the Ice Age Floods from Lake Missoula to Wallula Gap. Tom Tabbert will use his "flying...

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

‘Trails to Trout’ topic at Trout Unlimited in Sandpoint

FISHING – Spokesman-Review Outdoors editor Rich Landers will present a program, Trails to Trout, at the annual meeting of the Panhandle Trout Unlimited Chapter Thursday, Nov. 13, at Di Luna’s on Cedar in Sandpoint. Cocktail/bragging hour starts at 5:30 followed by dinner off Di Luna’s...

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Volunteers needed for Dishman Hills trail work

HIKING -- The Dishman Hills Conservancy and Spokane Mountaineers plan to complete a new stretch of trail this weekend linking conservancy lands with the Glenrose Conservation Futures Area managed by Spokane County. The Cliffs Trail needs another 500 feet of new construction to finish up...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Centennial Trail temporarily rerouted around Sullivan Bridge

TRAILS -- The Spokane River Centennial Trail at Sullivan Bridge is being closed during the daytime hours this week because of construction. The closures started today, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue through Friday, Spokane Valley engineers say. Workers are building a protective...

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Nature hikes make us happy, study confirms

HIKING -- British and American scientists have published new research showing that group nature walks help us combat stress while boosting mental well-being. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which...

THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Nordic groups clearing ski trails before snow falls

WINTERSPORTS -- Cross country skiers in the region are working against time to get trails brushed out for grooming when the snow flies in the mountains. They'd welcome your help. Mount Spokane cross-country ski trail preparations are being coordinated by Spokane Nordic, with a another...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014

Geology to be highlighted in hike along South Hill bluff

HIKING -- Here's a chance to get some exercise and hear a geologist explain how massive floods around 14,000 years ago shaped the landscape around South Spokane, not to mention Eastern Washington. The Friends of the Bluff and the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age...

MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

Volunteers to clear Mount Spokane nordic ski trails

WINTERSPORTS -- Spokane Nordic is holding maintenance days at Mount Spokane State Park to prepare the cross-country ski trails for the upcoming winter ski season. Here are the remaining dates. Sept. 13 Sept. 21 Oct. 11 Oct. 26 Contact Brian Hawkins at brianthawkins@hotmail.com to sign...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

South Hill bluff trails access to be closed

TRAILS – An access to South Hill bluff trails at 57th Avenue and Hatch Road is set to be closed this week. The area is large enough for a dozen vehicles and is popular with hikers and bikers as well as people looking for unobscured...

MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014

Pearl Jam skateboard nets $4,450 for Ferry County trail

TRAILS -- Somebody made out like a bandit in an auction benefitting the Ferry County Rail Trail. Eddie Vedder and the rock group Pearl Jam band members supported the 25-mile Ferry County Rail Trail in northeastern Washington by signing and donating a cool skateboard to...

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

Eddie Vedder skateboard auction benefits Ferry County rail trail

TRAILS -- Eddie Vedder and the rock group Pearl Jam band members are rallying to support the 25-mile Ferry County Rail Trail in northeastern Washington by signing and donating a cool skateboard to an online auction that's underway on eBay. At last look, the bids...

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

ORVer displays ignorance of what’s spoiling his sport

OFF-ROADING -- I recently received an email from a gutless reader dissing me for a column I wrote about ORVer's who ride on private property -- notably Mica Peak -- without permission, as well as on public lands where riding off designated roads is illegal....

FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014

Whitefish mountain bike route a ‘model’ flow trail

CYCLING -- A year after its completion, Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Kashmir Trail has been named a model “Flow Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. The route is among 30 miles of downhill and cross-country trails at the Whitefish Bike Park. Once a year, IMBA...

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

Group leading hikes into choice North Idaho destinations

TRAILS -- A North Idaho conservation organization has been leading group trips to acquaint the public with special backcountry areas this summer. Some choice Inland Northwest destinations remain on the schedule in August and September. Experienced leaders with the Idaho Conservation League have stepped up...

FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

Volunteers to clear Mount Spokane nordic ski trails

WINTERSPORTS -- Great skiing on one of the nation's largest nordic trail system isn't an accident at Mount Spokane. Members of Spokane Nordic have been assisting state park rangers for years in pre-season efforts to clear the trails and have them ready for grooming when...

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

Little Spokane River spot fire chars Knothead trail

HIKING -- Knothead has become a blackhead this month. The popular trail destination above the Little Spokane River and overlooking the Spokane River was charred by a July 8 spot fire that occurred the day before the larger fires ignited and ran through the Lake...

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

Poster reminds dog owners to bag it

PUBLIC LANDS -- Looks like Spokane isn't the only city in the USA where people think it's OK to let their dogs leave calling cards wherever the urge strikes.

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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