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The Spokane Mountaineers help launch climbing careers with annual Mountain School course

Snaking upward into the dark, a line of headlamps twinkles in the cold darkness of an early alpine morning. Each light a climber. Each climber a collection of hopes, desires …


The value of injury: a meditation on moving slowly

An injury slows me down forcing a slower pace of outdoor travel.


REI gives $15,000 to climbing, biking projects in Spokane

REI has given $15,000 in grants toward mountain biking and climbing projects in the Spokane area.


Gonzaga climber competing on world stage

Gonzaga University senior Hannah Tolson will compete in the 2018 World University Championships in Slovakia starting Wednesday.


Backcountry Canadian huts, mountain views inspire, but 65-year-old Spokane climber Dick Quinn is the real muse

He didn’t hesitate when he came to the 50-degree sloping mass of snow and ice just a handful of a hundred feet below the summit of Mount Olive in the …


Masters of rock: Yosemite climbers smash El Cap climb record

Days after two of the world’s most celebrated rock climbers twice set astonishingly fast records on the biggest wall in Yosemite National Park, they did it again Wednesday, breaking a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Two climbers killed after they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite

Two rock climbers were killed Saturday morning when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, officials said.


2 Sherpa guides scales Everest setting new records

A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world’s highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley named second-most adventurous person in the world

Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley was named the second-most adventurous person in the world by Men’s Journal, Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Climber who died at Smith Rock from Coeur d’Alene

A climber who fell to his death Tuesday at Smith Rock State Park was from Coeur d’Alene.


Whitworth bouldering competition this weekend

Whitworth’s 6th annual bouldering competition, Semper Liberi, is on Saturday.


Vertical indoor Easter egg hunt at REI

Search for Easter eggs up high on Sunday at REI’s open climbing day. Participants can scramble up REI’s indoor rock wall and Easter eggs will be hidden along the way. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Welcome to the Thunderdome: World-class ice climbing in Spokane’s backyard

For years, Spokane resident Scott Coldiron has been developing a pocket of ice climbing in Montana. This month all that work culminated in three big first ascents.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Things to do outside in Las Vegas instead of watching Gonzaga basketball

At some point, even the hardiest Gonzaga basketball fans may find themselves overwhelmed and underfunded amidst the glitzy cacophony of Las Vegas. Luckily, a different kind of playground is less …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 9:01 a.m.

Spokane mountaineer John Roskelley honored with membership in American Alpine Club alongside Alex Honnold, Margo Hayes and Sally Jewell

Spokane mountaineer, and former county commissioner, John Roskelley received another prestigious climbing award, Thursday.


2017: The year outdoors

A lot of ground was covered in the Great Outdoors in 2017, but no one accomplished a more skillful feat than rock-jock Alex Honnold.


Bower Climbing Coalition teams up with Doma coffee creating custom roast

A Spokane climbing nonprofit now has its own custom coffee.


Banff Mountain Film Festival tour coming to Spokane’s Bing Crosby Theater

Chilling doses of icy adventure are among features the Banff Mountain Film Festival is delivering to Spokane next weekend.


Spokane’s Chris Kopczynski offers perspective on climber Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey, the pioneering climber who died Oct. 30 at age 94, inspired Spokane mountaineer Chris Kopczynski and some of the biggest names in climbing. Asked for a perspective on …


In brief: Conrad Anker presents climbing film to benefit wildfire relief

Although the climbing movie MERU has already played in Spokane, there are several good reasons to see it again when it screens tonight (Oct. 19) , 7 p.m., at the …


Reader photos capture essence of summer outdoors

Summer in the Inland Northwest serves up a lot of eye candy for outdoor photographers. Nesting birds and newborn fawns turn a lot of heads. Moose pose like models. Our …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane backs away from controversial climbing gym proposal adjacent to Spokane Falls

The city will withdraw its request for a hearing with a state agency about whether to transfer outdoor recreation requirements on the lot, which would have been one of the …


Two trusting siblings get the hang of rock climbing

As my brother disappeared over the lip of the rock a hundred feet above me, I started to worry.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Ellensburg cops climb Washington five highest volcanoes – in five days

When the dust settled from their flurry of climbing and driving, including an initial 36-hour run with no sleep, two law enforcement officers from Ellensburg had scaled Washington’s five tallest …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

Mount Hood climber died after delays slowed rescue

A series of miscues and delays tested rescue operations on Mount Hood last May, adding critical minutes to the wait for help after John Thorton Jenkins fell nearly 600 feet. …


Rich Landers: Rescuers will gladly save family third time if needed

A rescue call from the Great Outdoors will prompt some people to ask, “How can we help?” or at least “How are you doing?” Others focus on, “How much will …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Park real estate once proposed for climbing gym may be leased rather than sold

A prime parcel of park real estate on the north shore of the Spokane River may be leased to a private developer.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

University of Idaho professor killed by lightning strike in Swiss Alps

Faculty and staff at the University of Idaho began mourning one of their own Monday when it was announced Samantha Ramsay, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Margaret Ritchie …


Climber dies after falling into crevasse on Forbidden Peak

A climber died after falling into a crevasse while descending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades.


Spokatopia offers intro to wide variety of outdoor sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River.