Stories tagged: backpacking
Sun., July 23, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
What’s in your day pack? Three veteran hikers list time-tested items
Go-light, go-fast strategies have merit in some cases, but heading out without gear needed to endure an unexpected weather change or night in the mountains can be deadly when things …
Thu., June 22, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Trekking poles boost hikers on the trail
Trekking poles that resemble cross-country ski poles are considered essential equipment by many hikers looking to make their walks more efficient and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints.
UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 3:50 p.m.
Field Reports: More help needed to maintain national forest trails
The Forest Service is letting the public suggest trail systems that should receive priority for maintenance in an era of bare-bones trail budgets.
Sun., March 12, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Mount Rainier’s new online backcountry, camping reservation system starts March 15
The new online reservation system at Mount Rainier National Park will begin taking requests on Wednesday, and park officials hope to get beyond the system failure that occurred last spring.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Field Reports: Reservations go online at Mount Rainier
Backpackers and climbers who want to camp in wilderness areas of
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016, 4:30 a.m.
Outdoor writing: Goat Crossing
My family owned boar Nubian pack goats in my pre-teen years. Summers were spent with goats loaded, leading them up mountain trails, listening to their orange packs full of food …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 4:06 a.m.
Bear spray flap waters down scientists’ recommendations
Going light is the rage among backpackers and hunters. Enthusiasts will eagerly spend extra money for products that shave pounds or even ounces off the weight of packs, tents, pads …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 6 a.m.
Rich Landers: Weather report tops list of outing preparations
Being a hiking and paddling guidebook author, I was interviewed recently by a magazine writer. Her first question: “What’s the most important tip you can offer people heading outdoors for …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016, 4:12 a.m.
Elite hiker addresses trials encountered on trails
Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Washington, hiked America’s three iconic long-distance routes – the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails – this year.
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Washington group marks half century of hiking, maintaining public routes
On a chilly September morning, a few hundred feet off the popular but deteriorating Talapus Lake Trail near Snoqualmie Pass, Jon Nishimura wielded his shovel and a smile.
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016, 2 a.m.
Wind River Range is high note for Spokane Mountaineers
On July 29, two Spokane Mountaineers departed after work to drive 670 miles overnight to Pinedale, Wyoming, where they left their car, and boarded a shuttle vehicle for more than …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 6 p.m.
Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area preserves scope and beauty of the region
In August 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation protecting 275,665 acres of the Boulder-White Clouds region as wilderness, ending decades of debate over what should become of the remote central …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 4 p.m.
Outpeople: Ultrarunner sets Appalachian Trail speed record
On Monday at 3:38 a.m., professional ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, 48, emerged from the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Ga., to set an
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016, 4 a.m.
Selkirk quest: Kopczynski applies climbing prowess to horizontal route
Chris Kopczynski has had an enduring relationship with Chimney Rock.
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, 4:21 p.m.
Adventurer solos Lewis and Clark Trail by foot, kayak
Bruce “Buck” Nelson appreciates a good adventure.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Spokane Valley Boy Scouts help injured woman on the Pacific Crest Trail
A Boy Scout troop from Spokane Valley helped an injured woman while on a 50-mile trip through the Alpine Lakes Wilderness earlier this month.
Sat., Aug. 27, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Out & About: Salmo-Priest lookout abused by hikers
Grandfathered at the time the Salmo-Priest Wilderness was designated, the Little Snowy Top Lookout is a piece of history and a rare shelter in a storm for any wilderness traveler.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Aggressive mountain goats lured to Heart Lake hiker campsites
Mountain goats and hikers are meeting in dangerously close proximity at Heart Lake in the Bitterroot Mountains.
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
Connecting with kids: A prescription for ‘nature deficit disorder’
Most adults have fallen short of intentions for connecting youngsters with nature since school ended in June. Sports camps and family summer schedules can get in the way of expanding …
Sat., Aug. 6, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
Hikers live it up at Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
From a backpacker’s perspective, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park has it all. The 79,160-acre gem in the Selkirk Mountains north of Nelson, British Columbia, has enough helicopter-serviced bridges, potties and facilities …
Sat., Aug. 6, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Kokanee’s parking lot porcupines have taste for cars
For unexplained reasons, porcupines at Kokanee Glacier Park trailheads, especialy at the Gibson Lake access to the most popular trails, are vehicle prowlers.
Sat., July 23, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Mountain goat ambassadors working on Scotchman Peak
To prevent a repeat of last year’s trail closure, North Idaho volunteers are trying to help hikers understand the dangers and ethics of hanging out with the mountain goats on …
Sat., July 23, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
Review: Fan-equipped camping stove fueled by wood
“Burn wood not gas.” That is the simple tag line of the BioLite CookStove, a camp-cooking product new this spring that incorporates a small fan to perpetuate a hot-burning fire.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Rich Landers: Publishing outdoors stories can be risky business
Should newspapers print photos of bicyclists without helmets? Or run a story about a blind girl with a wish to shoot a bear? Or feature wake skiers that ride a …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres
Something is at stake for everyone from mountain bikers to loggers in the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest as the July 5 deadline approaches for public comment on the draft …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 1:35 p.m.
In brief: Two Mouth Lakes trail closed
Two Mouth Lakes Trail 268 on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District was closed starting on June 13 through the end of September, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests said today.
Wed., June 15, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Landers: Good reads inspire outdoor pursuits
The gift of books, old-school as that might sound, is still a sure-fire option for Father’s Day. There’s an outdoors-type book out there for every type of dad, including those …
Wed., June 15, 2016, 2 p.m.
In brief: Snake aversion clinics offered for dogs
Rattlesnake-aversion clinic for dogs is being offered next week at three towns in the Inland Northwest by California-based
Wed., June 8, 2016, 2 p.m.
Wednesdays in the Woods programs highlight outdoor topics
An interactive activity on basic camping skills will kick off this summer’s free Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park. In weeks to follow, a wide range of …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 6:45 p.m.
Hiking like a hobbit: Dave Murray takes on the Continental Divide barefoot
J.R.R. Tolkien’s little Lord of the Rings heroes walked all through Middle Earth in bare feet. Dave Murray, of Missoula, plans to hike the Continental Divide Trail the same way. …