Stories tagged: backpacking
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016, 1:33 P.M.
Ammi Midstokke: Lightening your load, backpacking advice for life
I do not, under almost any circumstances, recommend that you move. Or that you replace your usual outdoor activities with the labor of packing and schlepping boxes of personal items …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016, 4:44 P.M.
Rich Landers: Pet dogs caught up in Idaho’s wolf-control effort
Mary Franzel and her pets almost made it through Idaho’s 2015-16 wolf trapping season unscathed. On Friday, the Clark Fork resident was cross-country skiing north of town on Lightning Creek …
SATURDAY, FEB. 20, 2016, 4:12 P.M.
Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail to fully reopen in 2017
One of the most spectacular trails in the United States – and perhaps the most iconic pathway in Oregon – is scheduled to reopen in full by the summer of …
SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016, 4:47 P.M.
Out & About: Long-distance hiking workshop in CdA
A workshop for hikers planning major-league backpacking commitments is scheduled in Coeur d’Alene by people who’ve walked the talk.
SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2015
Outdoor writing: Mead senior tops entries in 2015 high school contest
A story by Annie Bortz, a senior at Mead High School, has been judged the best of 25 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2015 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school …
SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2015, 9:02 A.M.
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate a century of outdoor pursuits
The Spokane Mountaineers have changed since the group was founded 100 years ago as the Spokane Walking Club by five women librarians. What motivates people to join the club has …
SATURDAY, NOV. 28, 2015, 10:42 A.M.
Volunteers dig route-building for hikers, bikers, equestrians
Volunteers generous with their time and muscle have cleared the way for miles of happy hiking, biking, skiing, and horse riding in the Inland Northwest.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2015, 10:31 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: North Face founder returns to Spokane to share experiences of his entrepreneurial climb
Hap Klopp was riding in a Copenhagen taxi last year when he spotted a familiar design on the shoulder of the driver’s jacket: the North Face logo.
“I was thinking, ‘I …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2015, 8:14 A.M.
Appalachian Trail suffers from popularity as Hollywood promotes hiking
When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring – not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought …
THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015
Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas
Drought and wildfires in the Inland Northwest are raising havoc with fish and wildlife as well as with hunters, hikers, boaters and other recreationists who consider August a prime month …
SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2015, 12:04 A.M.
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate centennial with 100 miler in Pasayten
A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area as well as understanding what makes a century-old outdoors club tick. The Spokane Mountaineers, celebrating their …
SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2015
Trail of wonder: 100 things to know about popular trail that loops Mount Rainier
It’s arguably Washington’s most famous trail: Ninety-three miles of ups and downs looping around Mount Rainier. As the Wonderland Trail celebrates its centennial, here are 100 things hikers ought to …
SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015
Following guidelines for camping in grizzly country can prevent trouble for everyone, including the bears. A Spokane man experienced a good case in point last summer while backpacking in Glacier …
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015, 7:49 A.M.
Landers: When you find it, Cutthroat Creek worth the journey
Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at …
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015, 7:30 A.M.
Top of the world: Spokane Mountaineers club prepares climbers to reach for the sky
It would be easy to overlook the achievement of the Spokane Mountaineers marching 43 climbers to the icy 11,453-foot summit of Mount Athabasca in the Canadian Rockies last weekend. As …
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
Landers driven to defend walk-in status for lake
A zigzagging sliver of water in the scablands southwest of Davenport is a model of rare opportunity for the muscle-powered sportsman. Z Lake isn’t named on government maps. It isn’t …
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, 9:47 P.M.
Lake Chelan hikers earn sweet reward in 18-mile trek to Stehekin
Stehekin is a Northwest classic backcountry destination at the end of Lake Chelan, accessible by boat and floatplane and, most deliciously, by foot. Hikers who tough out an 18-mile trail …
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
Retired forester Ken Hires finds calling in national parks
Ken Hires is living large in the great outdoors, satisfying his equal enjoyment of nature, wildlife and people. Since retiring from the Washington Department of Natural Resources in 2000, Hires …
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
Trail opportunities will be revealed on ‘Opening Day’
While “hitting the trail” is a year-round activity for hikers, runners and cyclists, Saturday has been dubbed “Opening Day.” Spokane area groups are riding the coattails of a national event …
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
Stuntman invents backpack to prevent bear maulings
It may sound contradictory, but the people taking the biggest risks are usually the most safety conscious. Take Billy Lucas. For 30 years, the 57-year-old former Marine has been a …
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015
Out & About: First winter hike of PCT completed
OUTDONE – Two California men on Monday completed the first winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after 132 days of walking, skiing and snowshoeing along the 2,650-mile route from …
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015, 6:20 A.M.
TV host: Hunting effort key to satisfaction
In the world of TV sportsman shows, at least one star is trying to avoid skewing the reality of hunting and fishing. “I try to paint the real image of …
FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2015
Outdoors Tech: “Bear-proof” food containers continue to evolve and improve
An unexpected problem has developed in the world of bear-resistant food storage testing: The grizzly bears responsible for tearing containers to shreds are getting bored or depressed.
SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2014
2014 Outdoors: high achievers
Mount Rainier speed record recaptured by ski mountaineer Eric Carter, 3 hours, 51 minutes. Partner Nick Elson dropped back after losing a ski in a crevasse. Their former Paradise parking …
SUNDAY, NOV. 30, 2014
Beacons of life
Lisa Jo Frech was five days into a 10-day, 170-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail near Glacier Peak when she passed out. She’s an experienced hiker, had trained hard …
THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014
Landers: Tough question leads to navigating trail of robust memories
The question pinned my brain as decisively as a two-ton boulder crashing down on my arm. “What is your favorite trail moment?” asked Cassandra Overby, who was interviewing me for …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014
Huckleberry Haiku celebrates year’s bumper crop
The best huckleberry picking season in years has inspired hikers, campers, pie makers, teachers, scientists, a TV weather reporter and an internationally acclaimed
SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014
Peaking in Wallowas
As we stood on the top of Oregon’s largest wilderness area, looking down upon mountains that spread across the horizon like rows of jagged teeth, we made a plan to …
SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014
Great Old Broads: Wilderness advocacy group hikes with a purpose
It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava …