Out & About: Here’s a chance for life on the rocks

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011

OUTDO – A fun-oriented, weekend introduction to rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls.

The annual UClimb sponsored by Mountain Gear enlists pro climbers who teach and encourage beginners to scale vertical rock cliffs in safe rope-supported stations.

The group camps at the park picnic shelter, where Saturday’s barbecue dinner will be served followed by Sunday’s pancake breakfast.

“It’s a friendly setting where people can learn a lot and be comfortable with the sport,” said Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear.

Cost for the full weekend:

• $199 with your climbing gear;

• $329 for a package ($179 for youths) that includes nearly $300 worth of gear, including shoes, harness, belay device, helmet, locking carabiner and chalk bag.

Info: (509) 340-1165; uclimb.org/

Park makes plea: Don’t pee on trails

OUTGOING – Olympic National Park hikers who urinate along trails may be creating “linear salt licks” that attract mountain goats.

At first this might sound like a laughable new pack it in, pack it out policy. But peeing close to well traveled trails may be partially responsible for luring in goats that have been harassing and even killing park visitors.

Goats can become aggressive when they don’t get what they want.

Backcountry hikers in goat range will be advised to seek sites 200 feet from campsites or trails for urination, or to use the privies.

Silver Valley hosts bicycling events

OUTPEDAL – The Silver Spokes Bicycle Jam is gearing up for a two-wheel spectacle, with a family bike triathlon, criteriums, time trials, the Silver Mountain Downhill – not to mention some fun rides for the less competitive.

It’s all scheduled in the Wallace-Kellogg area Thursday-Sunday, along with music and vendors adding to the festivity.

Thursday kick-off activities include family rides on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and Hiawatha Trail.

Friday includes bicycle safety rodeo and evening time trials in Wallace.

Saturday features a family triathlon, Dobson Pass hill climb, tots on trikes, music and a spectator-friendly criterium.

Sunday features another good spectator event: the Silver Mountain downhill. Info:

• Silver Valley Chamber, (208) 784.0821; silvervalleychamber.com

• Wallace Chamber, (208) 753.7151; wallace- idahochamber.com

Fat tire riders go to 4th of July Pass

MOUNTAIN BIKING – A fat tire event with tours for riders of all levels will debut July 23 at Fourth of July Pass trail system.

Although it’s called “50 Miles at the Pass,” the event’s Gran Fondo format has different starting areas for rides of 10, 17, 35 and 50 miles.

Info: Bicycle Sales and Service in Coeur d’Alene, (208) 667-8969; bicycleservice.com

Learn camp cooking basics

What: Camp cooking basics clinic, free.

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: REI.

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