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SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

The Core Lite is a hybrid survival tool made by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, Calif.

Gear Junkie: Bright idea for survival knife has its limits

A blade, a light, and a whistle – that’s the formula for the Core Lite, a hybrid “survival tool” made by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, Calif. The company, known for its first-aid kits, also has a line of survival products, and the Core Lite is a new and unique addition for outdoors types looking to stay prepared for worst cases in the woods. The Core Lite’s short steel blade comes sharp enough to razor off arm hair. Its edge, just over 2 inches long, is touted to be able to cut wet tree bark to “expose dry inner wood” as well as be used for “notching and grooving branches” if you need to construct a shelter.

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SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2011

SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Ken Mondal of the WTA shows a section of eroded trail that was decommissioned by volunteers after they built a new section this autumn. (Rich Landers)

Washington Trails volunteers clear way for hikers, bikers 

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2011

Bramante hikes Glacier Park’s 734 miles of trails

Three pairs of shoes and hundreds of miles later, Jake Bramante emerged from Lincoln Lake trailhead as the first person in recent history to have hiked all of Glacier National Park’s 734 miles of trails in one season. After an extended winter, Bramante began hiking in May when many of the trails were still snow-covered.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Erik Sjoquist, WSU Extension forester, answers questions from one of two dozen volunteers who helped thin trees and trim branches to reduce fire danger on the South Hill bluff below High Drive on Sunday. (PHOTOS BY RICH LANDERS)

Project aims to reduce fire risk on South Hill bluff

Two dozen volunteers thinned ponderosa pine trees and trimmed branches on the South Hill bluff on Sunday in a demonstration project for reducing fire risk. “The idea is to manage the forest so a fire would be limited to burning grass and brush on the ground rather than blowing up into a crown fire that would destroy lots of trees and put neighborhood homes at risk,” said Erik Sjoquist, Washington State University-Spokane County Extension forester.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2011


Hikers plunge into geologic history as they walk through Natural Bridges National Monument. (Rich Landers)

Utah tops for arches 

Rumors that a great arch in China could put southern Utah’s natural wonders in the shade have fallen to a real-world truth: Utah rules! Thanks to some dedicated scientists, modern technology and newly established measurement standards, Landscape Arch in Arches National Park has been declared 3 feet longer than Kolob Arch in Zion National Park.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2011

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2011

At the Great Pyramids, Ted Lowe, right, celebrates finishing a 158-mile race in the Sahara Desert of Egypt with his son, Matthew, and daughter, Carrie.

Family endures ultra adventure in Sahara 

T  he Sahara Desert was a high point for the Lowe  family, led by a father with a weakness for  challenging his endurance. In the past year, Ted Lowe of Colbert exposed himself to minus 30 temperatures on a multiday ski trek, pulling a sled with gear up Athabasca Pass in the Canadian Rockies to celebrate the centennial of David Thompson’s crossing.

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Dealing with blisters

Here’s the Lowe-down on blister care from the family’s rich experience in the subject from the Sahara: • Reduce chances of blisters by wrapping toes lightly, individually, with virgin lamb's wool, which has lanoline, a natural lubricant, and draws the moisture away from between the toes.

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Hazards of desert trek paled to Cairo taxi

“Cairo was a dump,” Ted Lowe said, recalling the day he arrived in Egypt with his daughter and son to race an ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert. They bought all the bottled water they could carry and avoided local cuisine because they couldn’t take a chance on getting sick before heading into the desert.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2011

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011

Freeze-dried meal nixes boiling

The quest for camping food that is simple to make just moved a notch. With its new chicken salad product, Mountain House offers campers and backpackers a freeze-dried meal that requires nothing more than cold water and a short wait.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011


Out & About: Invasive species sticker not transferrable

OUTLAW – Idaho’s $7 invasive species sticker, which is required on all boats and inflatables longer than 10 feet, cannot be transferred from one vessel to another, Idaho Parks and Recreation officials say. Out & About suggested otherwise (Aug. 7), noting that some boaters were laminating the stickers for more practical attachment, especially in the case of their rafts.

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