Stories tagged: camping
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, 4:26 p.m.
Pack mules do the heavy lifting while offering their brand of education
The best teachers at the Ninemile Remount Depot’s packing class never say a word, and might kick you into next week if you get a lesson wrong.
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.
Sun., July 10, 2016, 12:30 a.m.
Field Reports: Montana judge upholds public access to Ruby River
A Montana judge has created a public access point to the Ruby River after a 12-year fight by an out-of-state landowner to block people from getting to the waterway where …
Sat., July 2, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
Kamiak Butte camping closed
One of Whitman County’s most popular campgrounds – Kamiak Butte – has been closed due to fire danger. The county park’s five miles of forested hiking trails are open for …
Sun., June 19, 2016, 2:57 p.m.
Tick-borne diseases rare here, but do occur
Ticks creep out most people, for good reasons.
Sat., June 11, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Field reports: Trashed toilet becomes money pit at Liberty Lake
PUBLIC LANDS – The collective insolence of “litterpigs” at the Liberty Lake public access has forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to spend more than three times the …
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 …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Out & About: Mount Spokane road closure… Free fishing days….
Road construction is scheduled to block public vehicle access into Mount Spokane State Park, although trails will still be open to nonmotorized use.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 4:14 p.m.
West Side timber company increases public recreation access fee
Hunters and campers will be allowed to pitch their tents and park their RVs on Weyerhaeuser Co. land in Southwest Washington this year – with a $300 per family permit.
Wed., May 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
Landers: Most forest recreation areas open for holiday with some restrictions
Most of the region’s public lands campgrounds are opening just in time for the Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial opening of the camping season. However, some roads and trails …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 1:10 p.m.
Husband and wife quit jobs, devote year to touring national parks
A Missouri couple that quit their jobs to visit all 59 major national parks in one year is in Washington this week during a sweeping journey of the country.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail is ride of a lifetime
In 2013, my youngest daughter redirected the family discussion on a new chapter in her life with a counterpunch to my parental instincts
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.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 8:35 a.m.
Western Montana man went missing during Idaho camping trip
Officials in northern Idaho are searching for a 64-year-old Montana man who went missing during a weekend camping trip near Grangeville.
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 …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016, 3:48 p.m.
Arco locals campaign for Idaho’s first national park
The Shell station shut down recently. Same with the drive-through restaurant. Wells Fargo will close next month, and nearby storefronts sit mostly vacant.
Sat., Jan. 9, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Out & About: Smith River floaters must be bear aware
After destroying a shocking number of bears habituated to camping food along the Smith River in recent years, Montana and federal officials finally are requiring floaters to be bear aware.
Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Generac introduces generator “without all the excess noise”
A new entry this fall in the gas-generator market, Generac introduced its iQ2000 model as “a smart, powerful generator without all the excess noise.”
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015, 10:05 p.m.
Forest Service adds land near Northport to Colville National Forest in $2.4 million deal
The United States Forest Service just bought about 2,400 acres that will add to the Colville National Forest and preserve areas around a Congressionally designated trail. The area surrounding Big …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015, 12:21 p.m.
Campers have an edge in weathering urban blackout
This week’s devastating wind storm became a serious matter of survival, especially for people who had trees falling through their roofs.
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015, 4:24 p.m.
The Gear Junkie: Orange Screws tackle biggest anchoring jobs
Orange Screws provide an ideal ground anchor when other stakes fall short.
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., Oct. 4, 2015
Luminoodle provides type of camp lantern
A 5-foot strand of USB-powered lights is touted as a “next-generation camp lantern.” Made by Utah-based Power Practical – and cheekily called the Luminoodle – these silicone-encased LEDs glow bright …
Sun., Oct. 4, 2015
Denali Park backcountry impacted by sharing off-trail routes on GPS, social media
The adage of “leave only footprints, take only photographs,” only partially covers the leave-no-trace ethic at Denali National Park. In addition to packing out toilet paper and not collecting moose …
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students
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 contests …
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015
Energy bar company develops new squeezable pouches
Working with outdoors athletes and its in-house chefs, Clif Bar & Company developed a new kind of energy food that departs from traditional candy-like stuff for ingredients such as tomato …
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015
Camping cookoff reveals tasty results
Everything tastes better on a camping trip, but that doesn’t mean camp food can’t be improved. After spending last summer in a camp food rut, eating mostly couscous and hummus, …
Sun., Aug. 30, 2015
Unguided anglers lured by adventure of eight-day, fly-in, Alaska float trip
Southwestern Alaska could be the most convenient place in the United States for a fly fisher to go wild. Bush pilots equipped to land on lakes, rivers or tundra operate …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Gear junkie: Light so good it might be overkill
It’s the size and shape of a large notebook computer and brighter than most of my camping lanterns. The sidewalls are plastic, hollow, orange chambers that make it float. The …