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Out & About: Tickets to upcoming Reel Rock Film Festival free

Sun., Oct. 9, 2011

OUTDEAL – Some of the year’s top climbing short films are coming to Spokane in a film tour – Reel Rock VI – Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division St.

The show is a screaming deal, but you must think ahead or get left out.

“The show is free but space is limited to about 150, so attendees need to stop into the store and pick up their free ticket in advance,” Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear said.

Among the films are sequences of epic cold enveloping mountaineers on Gasherbrum II, plus big-wall ascents at Yosemite, ice climbs and the skill of an inspiring elementary school-age rock prodigy.

Nordic skiers work at Mount Spokane

OUTDO – Join local nordic skiers to clear brush from Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails during a work party set for Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Selkirk Lodge.

Wear appropriate clothing; bring a lunch and water.

Details: Art Bookstrom, 624-9667.

Hikers can disturb wildlife patterns

OUTFIELD – A study done in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks in Alberta and British Columbia found that even one hiker an hour on trails in those parks sent predators and prey scurrying.

Elk and other herbivores were not as deterred by hikers as were wolves, according to a Toronto Globe report.

Patrollers gear up for annual ski swap

OUTBARGAIN – Start taking inventory on what you need to acquire and swap for the ski season: The 47th annual Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski SWAP is set for Oct. 28-30.

The swap is set to expand into another bay at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center to offer more room.


NW steelheading detailed by O’Keefe

OUTSTANDING – Brian O’Keefe, an Oregon-based outdoor photographer and fly-fishing ace, will present a free program, Northwest Steelheading. Wednesday, 7 p.m., at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, hosted by the Spokane Fly Fishers.

• O’Keefe will teach a two-hour fishing photography seminar starting at 4 p.m., but class size is limited. Cost: $5.


REI grants $20,000 to local outdoors

OUTFUND – Spokane’s REI store has awarded grants totaling $20,000 to nonprofit groups that will leverage the money with volunteer work at several key area outdoors features in the Spokane area:

Spokane River Forum, $10,000 – for improving the river access at Mirabeau Point for paddlers and rafters and advancing the concept of a Spokane River Water Trail.

Friends of the Centennial Trail, $5,000 – to support the events that organize volunteers to maintain 37 miles of trail along the Spokane River.

Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, $5,000 – to support stewardship, service day, trail maintenance and habitat restoration.

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