Stories tagged: backpacking
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., April 23, 2015
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., Aug. 3, 2014
Fire towers worth trek
Getting to any of Glacier’s nine remaining fire lookout towers isn’t a walk in the park. “None of them are real easy to get to,” said David Butler, author of …
Sun., July 20, 2014
Early risers into region’s alpine areas weigh risk, reap rewards
Perhaps it’s incomprehensible to people stuck in the sweltering lowlands, but snow has been blocking portions of popular Northwest alpine backpacking routes in the Cascades and Rockies as late as …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Bull Lake to honor Wilderness Act anniversary this weekend
A Blackfeet Tribe troubadour and a former chief of the U.S. Forest Service are coming to the Inland Northwest to be part of a three-day event celebrating the 50th anniversary …
Mon., June 23, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
Field reports: New Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map published
TRAILS – A new Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map, featuring about 80 trails, has been published by conservation groups celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “The last Forest Service …
Sat., June 7, 2014
Pacific Northwest Trail offers lesser traveled trek through Idaho, Washington
About 20 people hike the length of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail each year, starting at Glacier National Park and trekking 1,200 miles to the Pacific Ocean. The trail …
Thu., June 5, 2014
Backpacker graduates with flying bear bag
This is the last in a series of four stories from a fledging backpacker’s perspective as he learns what it takes to be a mountaineer. I hope backpacking class isn’t …
Sun., May 25, 2014, 6:46 a.m.
2,700 miles later: Speed-hiking queen of the PCT
“I ’m not a particularly fast walker,” Heather Anderson said – much to the relief of her interviewer – as she hiked a North Idaho trail last week. “The difference …
Sun., May 25, 2014, 6:45 a.m.
PCT speed queen shares vignettes of her hike
Calm before the trek Anish started her PCT speed record attempt on June 8, 2013, heading into 700 miles of California desert, where temps soared to nearly 120 degrees.
Thu., May 22, 2014
Backpacking: Roughing Mom’s Day
As it turned out, Riverside State Park was the perfect setting for Mother’s Day brunch. And I was the chef.