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Professional mountain biker leaps into air alongside mustangs of Wild Horses Monument

He’d driven by the statues of the horses numerous times, crisscrossing Washington as he often does for work. One of those times, a few years ago, an idea started to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Volunteers begin rebuilding mountain bike trails damaged by the Upriver Beacon Fire

With the blunt and honest self-reflection unique to teenagers, Ben Pino, 15, summarized what many Spokane-area mountain bikers must have felt last week as fires burned the Beacon Hill and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire likely damaged popular mountain biking trails

The fires that burned more than 100 acres of land, destroyed at least one home and forced hundreds of evacuations will also impact the local mountain biking community.


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.


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Wildlife officials say cougar that attacked mountain bikers was ‘emaciated’

The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

1 dead, 1 injured in cougar attack in North Bend

One person is dead and another has been injured in a cougar attack in North Bend.


Mountain biker dies in Boise foothills

Law enforcement officials said a 38-year-old man has died after crashing his mountain bike in the Boise foothills and into a steep gulch.


Mountain biking pump track planned in Spokane’s Beacon Hill area

Area mountain bike enthusiasts will get a long-desired amenity this spring.


Evergreen East’s mountain bike classes open

BIKING – Evergreen East’s mountain bike classes are now opening for registration. Certified bike coaches will teach mountain biking specific skills and techniques. The classes are suitable for absolute beginners …


2018 to-do trip: A backcountry mountain bike route across Oregon

Oregon is teeming with adventure-seeking cyclists, so the idea of biking across the state is not a new one. But the idea of off-road biking across the state on a …


Ride the Divide: Mountain biker tours 2,750 miles at leisurely pace

Mark Finley has a working man’s plan for completing the Great Divide Mountain Biking Route from Alberta and British Columbia through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.


Ride the Divide: Cyclist races Tour Divide, relishes blistering pace

Nick Zylkowski, 31, pedaled the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route’s 2,750 miles in 19 days, 4 hours during the 2017 Tour Divide. That’s smokin,’ especially for an unsupported bikepacking …


Tough tests await bikers at Beacon Hill

Having worked up to it for years, mountain biker Dan Wilson comfortably plummets down an advanced roller feature at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area. It’s only a few bubbles off vertical. …


Rediscovering Leavenworth: Seven great hikes around the area

With world-class hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and whitewater accessibility, Leavenworth is being rediscovered as an outdoor recreation Mecca by people who once dismissed it as a kitschy Bavarian-themed roadside …


Mountain bikers ride, work, camp in annual Kettle Range gathering

Washington mountain bikers convened in the Kettle River Range last week in a traditional service-group recipe for getting things done: Work hard and play even harder.


Portion of South Hill bluff trails to be closed during Avista powerline reconstruction

Portions of Spokane’s South Hill bluff trails will be temporarily closed this month as well as this fall during two Avista projects related to rebuilding the 70-year-old transmission line that …


Ammi Midstokke: Relationshipping in the Great Outdoors

I should warn my readers that the events herein were performed by advanced, expert relationshippers. I know this because I’ve spent a small fortune on therapy over the years and …


Local freestyle mountain bike legend Skye Schillhammer’s heart still belongs to Spokane’s riding community

A little less than a decade ago, Skye Schillhammer arrived in Spokane with hopes of completing his college degree. A novice mountain biker at the time, little did he know …


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.


John Wayne rail-trail bike trip delightfully uncrowded

While the Eastern Washington portion of a cross-state rail trail continues to be snubbed for funding by the Washington Legislature, a few folks continue to explore this world-class route in …


Saltese Uplands trail undergoing upgrade

Mountain bikers have been applying acquired expertise and skill to a new trail at Saltese Uplands Conservation area in Spokane Valley.


Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, …


How Duluth became the outdoor capital of the Midwest

Finally, we reached the top of the hill, sweaty and panting. The sun had broken through the haze and the city below sloped lazily toward the blue mass of Lake …


Mountain bikers urged to avoid rutting trails

Members of a local mountain biking group that devotes a lot of time to trail building and maintenance is asking other cyclists to take the high road in choosing ride …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Mauled mountain biker riding fast when attacked by grizzly

The Kalispell mountain biker killed by a grizzly bear outside of Glacier National Park last year was going at a high rate of speed into a collision that triggered the …


Field Reports: Mountain biking group backs Scotchman wilderness

A North Idaho mountain biking club has detoured from the generally position of cyclists to endorse a proposed wilderness.


Landers: Diana Roberts gently motivated action on Spokane’s South Hill Bluff trails

Diana Roberts knew from her background and training and her recreation on the South Hill trails that the bluffs didn’t just need a weed management plan, they needed a holistic …


Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area preserves scope and beauty of the region

In August 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation protecting 275,665 acres of the Boulder-White Clouds region as wilderness, ending decades of debate over what should become of the remote central …


Out & About: Steelhead outlook grim in Snake system

Fishing for the normally reliable run of steelhead that return to the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers could be tough this fall.


Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered 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. The second …