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Out & About: Women adventurers detail their travels Jan. 27

Green River flash flood ordea, trekking Eastern Europe featured

OUTLIVE – Four Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club members who survived a close call with a freak flash flood event while kayaking the Green River of Utah will present a free slide and video program on the trip Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Gear corporate headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley (go north on Fancher Road from Trent and turn right just before the tracks).

Debbie Pierce, Lisa Helmbrecht, Marlene Landis and Susan Luchesi were trapped on a quickly disappearing sand bar out of reach of rescue- attempting park rangers until the flood formed a temporary dam that gave them a short window for escape.

Schelly details trek in Eastern Europe

OUTTRAVEL – Jane Schelly, a globetrotting Spokane teacher and backpacker, will present a free program on her summer outdoor travels in the Black Sea Region of Eastern Europe on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., at the Spokane REI store.

Schelly traveled in mountains of Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey – “a blend of being tourist of culture, people, nature and cosmopolitan areas,” she said.

Join starlight skiers on Mount Spokane

OUTCLIMB – Skiers are invited to gather up their skis, skins and headlamps for an evening of food, climbing and down- hilling under the stars at Mount Spokane on Friday. 

Participants will meet at Mt. Spokane ski area’s Lodge 2 at 5:30 p.m. Uphill touring starts at 6 toward appetizers at the Vista House followed by a descent to the lodge on lighted slopes for drinks and dinner. Preregister: 325-9000.

Moscow hawk owl killed by vehicle

OUTCRY – The northern hawk owl that had been attracting birders from far and wide to the Moscow, Idaho, area was killed in a vehicle collision on Thursday.

The rare visitor from the arctic had been hunting and hanging out in the area since  local birders spotted it Dec. 3 near a shopping mall .

The hawk owl, a bird of boreal forests in Alaska and Canada, became a sensation because of its willingness to stay in the same area and be photographed. The Palouse near Moscow is the farthest south experts had heard of one being positively identified.