Stories tagged: camping
SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013
RVs kick off outdoor show season
The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is under way, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Often they also learn sporting …
SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012
Ten picks worth celebrating
Ten years ago, I penned the very first “Gear Junkie” column, covering a small camp stove from MSR. Fast forward a decade and you can guess I have tested my …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012, 11:30 A.M.
Some families went extra mile on summer vacations
They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012, 11:29 A.M.
Kilimanjaro quality time: Slaters
Keith Slater celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Rainier. That was 20 years ago. He raised the bar by 5,000 feet for his 60th, and celebrated the summit feeling …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2012
High School outdoor writing contest deadline Nov. 15
It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2012
Out & About: Mount Spokane cyclists surveyed
Great family outdoor trips Some local families went on normal summer vacations in 2012. Others went the extra mile.
MONDAY, SEPT. 3, 2012
UI freshman, 18, drowns in reservoir
A University of Idaho freshman drowned while trying to swim to a small island near the Freeman Creek Boat Launch on Dworshak Reservoir early Saturday afternoon during a fraternity camping …
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012
Gear Junkie: Wood-burning camp stove generates heat, electricity
With my camp stove, I am boiling a pot of water. I am charging a cell phone on the side. Meet the BioLite CampStove, a wood-burning wonder machine that generates …
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012
Sullivan Lake good base for active campers
Location, location, location. That’s the key to a perfect Labor Day weekend camping destination. Virtually any campground will do if you’re going to sit around a campfire all day and …
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012
Olympics: Ozette Triangle perfect intro to hiking Olympic beaches
Nine miles of hiking – sea level most of the way – three days to do it. Sounds like an easy backpack trip on Washington’s Olympic coast near Ozette. But …
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2012
Gear Junkie: Standouts at Utah Outdoor Retailer Show
More than 1,000 brands and tens of thousands of attendees gathered last week for the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. I was on site for four …
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012
Landers: Now’s the time to put off procrastination
If you’re too busy to be fully prepared for a hunting, fishing or camping trip, join the crowd. Modern lifestyles aren’t necessarily conducive to being a complete outdoorsman.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012, 10:27 P.M.
Out & About: Downtown events lack RV sites
OUTCAMP – There’s a notable lack of RV camping areas with easy access to downtown events at the Convention Center and elsewhere, said Len Zickler, chairman of the host committee …
SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012
America’s taste for camping has steadily evolved
Camping is an experience that’s been redefined regularly, especially in the past century since the first RVs started wheeling out into the American countryside. Just a few decades ago, most …
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
Grande Ronde River boating tips
Following are considerations for matching vessels with flows before floating the lower Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers. The flow information and details on negotiating notable rapids are from the U.S. …
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012
Landers: Lightning deserves utmost respect
Tornadoes and hurricanes make most of the headlines for weather- related disasters. But here’s the shocking news: The deadliest weather event is lightning.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012, 6:29 A.M.
Partners give boost to Riverside State Park
Despite losing 40 percent of its full-time staff in the past two years because of state budget cuts, Riverside State Park has found a way to move forward and even …
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012, 6:28 A.M.
Long-distance relationship: Sandpoint couple scores backpacking Triple Crown
After enduring six months backpacking the Appalachian Trail, Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker were pretty sure their relationship was good for the long haul. They confirmed they could go the …
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012, 6:27 A.M.
North Idaho hikers find peak place close to home
The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the …
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012, 6:11 A.M.
Backpackers gear down for long distance hikes
Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long-distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15-19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such …
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
Field reports: New website details potential wildlife lands
PUBLIC LAND – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a website, wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions, this week detailing a wish list of properties the state may buy for fish and wildlife …
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
Anglers embrace season as dozens of lakes open for fishing
Night owls made the first casts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to ring in the opening of Washington’s lowland fishing season. Docks at Fishtrap and other popular camping-fishing lakes were lined …
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
Alaska bound: Iditarod Trail source love-hate relationship with snowmobiles
After snowmobiling 1,414 miles along the Iditarod Trail, Bob Jones said life is especially sweet back home in Kettle Falls. “I’m a free man,” he said. “I sold my snowmobiles …
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012
Paddling, biking, fishing in Alaska has couple wanting more
Time is the issue that keeps most outdoor vacations from blooming into full-fledged adventures, especially in Alaska. How could any vacationer from Spokane do justice to a place that large?
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012, 7:32 A.M.
Expert details benefits of bear spray in trailer at Big Horn Show
Hike in groups in bear country. Keep food and trash away from bears.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
Big Horn Show gives kids a shot
The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show is full of new things, old friends, tips and rumors to flush out this weekend. Among the many sportsmen milling around the Spokane County …
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012
New gear stands out at Outdoor Retailer
More than 1,000 brands and 20,000 attendees: The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held last week in Salt Lake City, offered a peek at the future of gear. The Gear …
SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012, 7:54 P.M.
2011 OUTDOORS: Lingering snow, high water affects boaters, anglers, bears
Spring lasted about five months in the Inland Northwest in 2011. Whitewater river rafters enjoyed their longest season in years, but most Montana fishing guides weren’t so thrilled. Fishing trips …
SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011
Gear Junkie: Bright idea for survival knife has its limits
A blade, a light, and a whistle – that’s the formula for the Core Lite, a hybrid “survival tool” made by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, Calif. The company, known …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2011
Adventurer soars the winds and rides the waves of Lake Chelan
I have been going to Lake Chelan since I was pint-sized. Annual family trips originally led to Holden Village, a remote company mining town converted to a retreat center run …