Stories tagged: backpacking
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. …
Sat., April 30, 2016
Out and about
OUTTRAILS – Montana has launched a statewide online hiking guide. Montana Wilderness Association, with a grant from the state Office of Tourism, has gone live with Hikewildmontana.org, Montana’s first hiking …
Sat., April 30, 2016
New camping pads easy on the lungs
Take a deep breath. Now, purse your lips and exhale into the gaping “valve” a few inches in front of your face. The magic is about to begin.
Sat., April 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
Prime time for Snake River trek through Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon can be heavenly during spring, when wildflowers are blooming, poison ivy is leafing out, canyon wrens are singing and rattlesnakes are getting frisky.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
In brief: Mount Rainier wilderness reservation system crashes
A catastrophic computer system crash at Mount Rainier National Park has put procrastinators on equal footing with backpackers who applied early to get backcountry permits for the Wonderland Trail and …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Sat., 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.
Sat., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Sat., 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: Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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 …