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2013 outdoors: Out & About

Sherpas riot in a cultural clash on Mount Everest. American guide Melissa Arnot intervenes to save three climbers, including famed Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck, from the stone-throwing mob. (See video documentary High Tension.)

Big Sky Resort in Montana becomes the largest ski area in the country by purchasing neighboring resorts Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks. The mega resort debuts with 30 lifts, 4,350 vertical feet of drop and 5,750 total acres, including the longest vertical run in the lower 48 states.

Roadkill becomes legal game in Montana under a new permitting system that allows residents to salvage car-struck deer, elk, antelope and moose.

Google Maps stretches its street view capability to the ski slopes.   Schweitzer Mountain Resort is among 38 new maps generated by Google featuring “slope views” of every run and lift.

Boundary Dam’s 42-year license is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, paving way for Seattle City Light to begin required conservation programs intended to boost fish, wildlife and recreation.

  A 2.5-mile stretch of the Clark Fork River is reopened to boaters upstream from Missoula following the $100 million removal and toxic-waste cleanup of the century old Milltown Dam. The Superfund project began in 2006.

Jimmie Parman, 71, of Newman Lake is honored by Washington hunter education instructors with the Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearms Safety Award honoring the state’s top instructor.

Fall campers enjoy the fifth driest October on record in the Spokane area. But the camping season is among the worst in memory for the proliferation of annoying yellowjackets.

 “The bald-faced hornets and yellowjackets are as bad as I’ve seen on the Coeur d’Alene River,” said fly fishing guide G.L. Britton. “I expect to be stung every day out!”

Boaters age 50 or younger in Washington are required to complete a safety course in order to operate powerboats with 15 hp or greater. Last phase of the requirement starts in 2014, when the rule will extend to boaters age 59 and and younger.

Dishman Hills trail makeover to form loops and eliminate spur trails is met with mixed reviews.


Reed “Sunshine” Gjonnes, 13, hiking with her father, Eric “Balls” Gjonnes, finished the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail to become the youngest person to complete the triple crown of long-distance hiking. The pair from Salem through-hiked the 2,652-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2011and the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in 2012.

Pacific Crest Trail speed records were set by two vegans hiking separately: Josh Garrett , 30, set the overall PCT supported speed record in 59 days and 8 hours and 14 minutes; Heather “Anish” Anderson, 31, of Bellingham, set a woman’s speed record in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes.

David Liaño Gonzales, 33, from Mexico, became the first mountaineer to “double summit” Mount Everest in the same season. He summited from the South Col route on May 11, got a break in the weather and a helicopter ride to Katmandu where the traveled to the Tibetan side and scaled the peak with a Sherpa via the North Col on May 19.

Ski mountaineers Andy and Jason Dorais of Salt Lake City set the speed record for climbing and descending Mount Rainier from the Paradise parking lot on June 5, scorching the icy slopes in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds.

Marc Ankenbauer, 37, capped a10-year goal to jump into each of the 132 named lakes in Glacier National Park, and 38 in adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park.

Sage Clegg of Bend became the first to traverse the entire Oregon Desert Trail, hiking and biking nearly 800 miles from Bend to near the Idaho border in 37 days.

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