Stories tagged: camping
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Five fires burning in Yellowstone continue to grow
An expected increase in winds along with warm, dry weather has firefighters bracing for more active wildfire growth in Yellowstone National Park.
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.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 3 p.m.
NPS 100: National Park Service evolves for 100 years
What did we want when we set up the National Park Service 100 years ago? A museum? A playground? A business incentive? A zoo?
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.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 5 p.m.
Rich Landers: Yellow jackets are wild friends with attitude
Yellow jackets generally are known for their stings and the venom they can deliver in multiple stings. They come to our attention when trapped in a bicycle helmet vent as …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 4:01 p.m.
The Gear Junkie: Sneak Peak at 2017 outdoors gear
The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held recently in Utah, is a mecca of gear. Thousands of brands show off products for the coming year. Here’s my exclusive look at …
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. 13, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Out & about: Who’s responsible for recreational garbage?
OUTTRASHED – Garbage is a mountain of a problem at boating access sites close to populated areas. Public land managers have resorted to the “Pack it in, pack it out” …
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, 4:26 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.