Lightning: flashy way to die outdoors

OUTDOOR SAFETY -- Name the safest place to seek refuge if you are outdoors and a lighting storm moves in? Answer: An automobile -- totally safe, unless a tree blows down on top of you. This is Lightning Awareness Week, so be aware. Sure, you...

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Lingering snow delays Glacier Park opportunities

PUBLIC LANDS -- Be patient if you're making plans to visit Glacier National Park, especially if you want to venture into the high country. Snow conditions, cool weather, and debris from snow slides are challenging some spring opening operations for trails, facilities and roads in...

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Glacier’s ‘Sun Road’ open to hikers, bikers

NATIONAL PARKS -- Bikers and hikers heading to Glacier National Park are lucky dogs this holiday weekend: The Going to the Sun Road as far as it is plowed toward Logan Pass is all yours; no motor vehicles allowed. Check the park's website for more...


Afghanistan skiing slide show at Magic Lantern

WINTERSPORTS -- In case you missed it first time around when we first wrote about a skier's week in Afghanistan, a FREE slide program "Ski Boots on the Ground: Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan" will be shown Thursday, 7:15 p.m., at the Magic Lantern Theatre, 25...

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

Kayak paddling, hypothermia film featured in program

WATERSPORTS – A chiller and a thriller will be shown at a double-feature program at 7 p.m. tonight, April 28, at Mountain Gear Corporate Office, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley. Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club members will give a program about kayaking in Costa...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

Film celebrates ladies’ outdoor adventure in Iceland

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Here's a cool 22-minute film worth viewing if you love life, snowboarding, music, yoga, sailing -- and want to follow five young ladies living large on a trip to Iceland. The first in a series of short documentaries, "Explore Iceland with One...

MONDAY, FEB. 3, 2014

Planning adventures abroad program at REI

TRAVEL – Experts in international adventure travel will present a free program on planning a trip abroad at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at REI, 1125. N. Monroe. Pre-register to save a spot.

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Schelly details trek in Black Sea region, Eastern Europe

NOTE DATE: The date for this program was incorrect in today's version of the story in print. OUTTRAVEL – Jane Schelly, a globetrotting Spokane teacher and backpacker, will present a free program on her summer outdoor travels in the Black Sea Region of Eastern Europe...

MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

Norman Maclean had high perspective on lightning

MOUNTAIN STORMS -- If you haven’t read Norman Maclean’s “USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky,” Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune recommends it, and so do I. It is one of the “other stories” in his book “A River...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Slides block North Cascades Highway; may reopen Thursday

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- It's been a rough summer for the North Cascades Highway, and travelers visiting the many trailheads and scenic attractions the route accesses through North Cascades National Park. A short stretch of the prized stretch of Highway 20 near Rainy Pass is closed...

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

Steens Mountain among Oregon’s top road trips

OUTDOORS TRAVEL -- If you're looking for an outdoors-related road trip, complete with opportunities for hiking, fishing and wildlife watching, consider the drive to Oregon's Steens Mountain. Zach Urness, outdoor writer for the Statesman Journal, notes that it's been called the most spectacular drive in...

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Hikers in 3 national parks felled by lightning

HIKING -- Thunder storms throughout the West this week took a heavy toll, setting fires and raising havoc in several ways. The strangest detail: Hikers in three national parks were injured or killed within a 30-hour period. See the stories about this week's lightning strike...


Noises in Peru traveler’s head caused by maggots

BUGS -- A woman traveling in Peru brought back more than souveniers. Indeed, a fly had deposited eggs in her ear that hatched into flesh-eating maggots. Yum. Read the story. I'm adding ear plugs to my equipment list for my next trip to South America.

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

Motorist has photos of wolf that chased Sandpoint cyclist

WILDLIFE -- The photos show the wolf that chased the Sandpoint bicyclist in the Yukon last weekend as reported in my outdoors column. The photos (click "continue reading" below to see them all) were snapped by Pennock, Minn., resident Becky Woltjer, who was in the...


Alaska Highway cyclists lauded for packing bear spray

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- "Credit them for having bear spray," said Nancy Campbell, Environment Yukon spokeswoman in Whitehorse, referring to a Sandpoint bicycle tourist who, while separated from his companions, was chased on the Alaska Highway by a wolf. As today's Outdoors column points out, short...



Dream on: RV’s for the ultra-rich top $3 million

VAGUELY CAMPING -- How do the rich rough it? Check out this story about $3 million motorhomes for people who don't really want the status without the nature of venturing into the great outdoors. They're calling this combo of glamor and camping "glamping." Oh please.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

Going to the Sun Road opens in Glacier Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- The entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is open as of 8:30 a.m. this morning. See map for highlights of the scenic route over Logan Pass. Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can...

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

Finally! Plows make Logan Pass accessible in Glacier Park

NATIONAL PARKS – Access to Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park will be available to vehicle traffic from the east-side of the park the morning of Saturday, June 15, weather dependent. Vehicles on the west-side of the park can travel as...

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