The Desert 100 dirt bike race will return to Odessa on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers are welcoming hundreds of riders who will camp in a Lincoln County rancher’s range land for the weekend of festivities in the scablands. The event has brought race lovers and dirt bike enthusiasts to compete in the off-road race and other events since 1969.
OUTCLIMB – Jess Roskelley of Spokane departed for Nepal this week with climbing partner Benjamin Erdmann and a film crew to attempt an ascent of the world’s 10th-highest peak. Roskelley, who climbed Mount Everest as a 20-year-old in 2003 with his father and internationally acclaimed mountaineer John Roskelley, has been specializing in difficult ascents and ice climbs in recent years.
PREDATORS – Gray wolf numbers rose across most of the Northern Rockies last year but dropped in Montana after a concerted effort by officials there to drive down the population and curb livestock attacks. Last week was the deadline for northwestern states to report their wolf status and monitoring information to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Two years ago, sitting at my office desk, I felt a familiar twinge in my back brought on from typing and assuming the “hunch” position over a computer for way too long. I stood up, moved to a higher table surface, and I haven’t sat down since. My work day now includes six to eight hours of standing. Far from adding fatigue, standing seems to give me more energy, and studies now cite health benefits associated with standing versus sitting on your butt.
While most shooters would never walk onto an active gun range without ear plugs or muffs in place, hunters who use firearms tend to neglect precautions to protect their hearing. In the heat of the hunt, it doesn’t seem to matter.
Dawes Eddy, 72, continues to rewrite the physical limitations of growing older, most recently during a butt-kicking hike in Grand Canyon National Park. The outdoor adventurer had a brush with worldwide fame in 2009 when he became the oldest American to climb Mount Everest. Eddy was 66 and held the title for just two days before it was claimed by a 67-year-old Californian.
Newspaper editors knew the great outdoors would provide inspiration when they put out the call for your images, but the photographic talent readers are sharing has surpassed all expectations. The Spokesman-Review Readers Outdoor Photos web page hasn’t just been popular – it’s become a regular pit stop for a breath of fresh air.
Whether it’s on the Clark Fork, the Spokane or the Lochsa, the Inland Northwest boasts some incredible opportunities for paddling on the river. And given such a brilliant, warm spring, the rapids are currently primed for the taking.
The cooler side of spring takes over for the next several days with highs in the lower to middle 50s and lows near freezing overnight. A large low pressure area that settled over the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday slowly moves east today, reducing the shower threat and leaving the Spokane area under partly sunny skies.
An experience for all the senses: The Skagit Valley is bursting with life right now – tulips, daffodils, swans, and thousands upon thousands of snow geese. The geese were a sight to behold, but what really left an impression on the photographer was their excessively noisy nature and their intense, less-than-pleasant smell. The flocks are like roving Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, stinky swarms of life.
I had a rafter of wild turkeys scoped out late Tuesday afternoon just 12 hours before the opening of the spring gobbler hunting season. The situation was right out of the Successful Sportsman’s Textbook: