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  • Summer internship a dream for outdoor enthusiasts

    A student summer-job position has perks sure to get an outdoor enthusiast’s attention, including $2,000 worth of top-quality outdoor gear, a $2,500 stipend and expenses-paid backcountry trips in multiple states. …


  • Old road now trail on Mount Rainier

    National Park Service officials have given approval to convert Mount Rainier’s Carbon River Road into a 9-mile trail for hiking and biking. The road has been closed to vehicles since …


  • Writing contest: Better s’mores

    Kids reveal a lot of their family outdoor secrets and traditions in the stories they submit for the S-R’s youth outdoor writing contest. Here’s a family recipe for alternative s’mores …


  • Recovery Act funds give huge boost to outdoor recreation

    Trails, campgrounds and forest access have been major stimulus beneficiaries from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Hikers were seeing something as rare as Sasquatch in the backcountry …


  • Teens rescue stricken hunters

    Teenage boys knew what to do when they found family members unconscious in a propane-heated tent.


  • Snow closes Glacier Park Road

    Snowstorms have forced today’s temporary closure of a portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road through Glacier National Park.


  • After check of trees, part of park reopens

    The day-use area of Lake Wenatchee State Park reopened Monday after a couple of falling trees prompted the emergency closure of the popular recreation area last week and canceled about …


  • Lake Wenatchee Park partially reopened

    Worries about diseased trees have prompted three-fourths of the popular Lake Wenatchee State Park camping areas to be closed for the Labor Day weekend.


  • Lake Wenatchee State Park closed

    Seemily healthy trees have toppled to the ground in a Lake Wenatchee State Park campground, prompting officials to close the park for visitor safety.


  • Field reports: Montana scrutinizes Alberton Gorge camping

    A group of Spokane river runners was surprised this week when a Clark Fork River ranger informed them that camping is prohibited at the mouth of Fish Creek, near a …


  • Leavenworth-area fires curtail forest access

    Temporary trail closures affect hikers heading to Eightmile Lake and other areas in the Wenatchee National Forest region


  • 10 Great Burn hikes

    Ten hikes in the 1910 fire areas.


  • Parks, forests waive entrance fees

    No entrance fees will be charged on Saturday and Sunday at national parks as well as at national forest and Bureau of Land Management areas where entrance fees are charged.


  • Colville National Forest campgrounds add bear-proof boxes

    The Colville National Forest has installed 11 bear-proof food storage containers at campgrounds in the Sullivan Lake area.


  • RV camping interest remains strong in Idaho

    The recession doesn’t appear to have hurt RV camping in Idaho, with private and state-run campgrounds that offer services to motor homes reporting rising bookings and robust business.


  • Forest Service imposes fire restrictions on campers

    After a wet spring and early summer, the mountains are getting dry and ripe for fire.


  • Heat wave prompts campfire restrictions

    Fire danger has suddently spiked, causing some land managers to begin limiting campfires in low-lying areas to developed campgrounds.


  • Some challenges for outdoor recreation this Fourth

    The mountains are waiting for hikers, boaters and campers to arrive on Fourth of July holiday weekend, but not necessarily with open arms. Snow still plugs some of the high-country …


  • Glacier Park’s Logan Pass open

    Glacier National Park’s famous Going to the Sun Road was cleared for the first time this season on Thursday and vehicles were allowed to pass under walls of snow from …


  • Game wardens kill black bear that injured camper

    Montana wildlife officials say game wardens have killed a black bear that injured a man when it bit through his tent at a primitive campsite in the Lolo National Forest …


  • Receive flow alerts by text or e-mail

    OUTSMART – Instant, customized updates on river flows and other water conditions are available daily or hourly by text message or e-mail through a new service offered by the U.S. …


  • 4 ways to explore St. Helens

    Thirty years after its explosive eruption, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a world-class destination for visitors interested in nature, geology outdoors recreation and things that go Boom! Following …


  • Pack, wallet lighter with nifty new Nano

    It won’t be in stores until this summer, but at $199, the Nano Puff Hoody from Patagonia is worth putting on your gear radar right now. I have been wearing …


  • Field reports: First elk hunt set at Turnbull

    HUNTING – For the first time, big-game hunting is scheduled to occur on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall. Hunters can apply for one bull elk permit and 48 antlerless …


  • Well-meaning guy puts the ‘pro’ in procrastination

    Play the lottery or go outdoors unprepared: Either way, you’re bucking the odds. I’ll admit that fishing Rock Lake became a little less adventurous since my buddy, Dick Rivers, finally …


  • Special fishing report coming Thursday

    OUTLOOK – Fishing 2010, The Spokesman-Review’s annual update on fishing prospects, rules and opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest, will be inserted in the Thursday paper. The tabloid includes a map …


  • Winchester Wasteway a hot spot for spring paddling

    Camped on a sand dune, our paddling group was rousted by a haunting chorus of coyotes just outside the tent. I was thrilled to be lured out under the sprawl …


  • Rent a classic

    One man’s affection for classic Volkswagen vans is spinning into a unique camping experience people can rent. “Any wide spot on the road is a potential camp site,” said Scott …


  • If young adults let you tag along, go

    I’ve always advised my two daughters to take advantage of opportunities. Now I’m practicing what I preach, shadowing them occasionally as they open doors in their ever-more-independent lives.


  • Patagonia delivers stunning family hiking adventure

    While scrambling up a razorback moraine near the iconic granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, a gust of wind broadsided me with the force of a charging bull. …

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