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  • Spokane Mountaineers 100th anniversary

    The Spokane Mountaineers have a century-old reputation as masters of cheap thrills in the great outdoors. They car-pool and sleep on the ground to get more adventure for the buck. …


  • Alaska fly-fishing float trip

    Bush pilots equipped to land on lakes, rivers or tundra operate out of virtually every airport in Alaska to usher anglers into remote wilderness destinations where river bottoms are obscured …


  • Pasayten Wilderness 100-mile hike

    A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area. The Spokane Mountaineers, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, honored the centennial at the end …


  • Conservation Canines

    Shelter dogs too intense or feisty to be adopted are helping wildlife scientists by doing what comes naturally – running through the woods and sniffing for the poop of other …


  • 24 Hours bike race

    The 24 Hours Round the Clock, organized by Round and Round Productions of Spokane, debuted in 1999. The race begins annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and runs …


  • Bolivia outdoor vacation

    Bolivia is a land-locked South American country that hangs off the spine of the high Andes into the tropical zone of the Amazon Basin. It has a wealth of natural …


  • Kid Fishing Day 2015

    More than 700 kids took part in the annual Kids Fishing Day event on May 2, 2015, at Clear Lake sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and …


  • Youth Sporting Clays Shoot

    More than 170 students, grades 6-12, were having a blast at Double Barrel Ranch south of Spokane on May 2, 2015. About 20 teams from across the state were applying …


  • Survival expert builds a fire

    See the 10 sure-fire steps to building a fire in damp conditions in this photo summary of a demonstration by Air Force Survival School instructor Nick Weber. Point your arrow …


  • Hazen Audel hosts Survive the Tribe

    High school science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world for the National Geographic Channel TV …


  • Spokane River Classic 2014

    About 140 people and more than 100 boats — canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and one rowboat — pioneered the new route for the Spokane River Classic on Saturday, Aug. …


  • South Hill bee swarm

    Spokesman-Review reader Bob Drzymkowski spotted a swarm of honeybees on Spokane’s South Hill on Tuesday and took pictures before the Washington State University Extension Service came to pick them up.


  • Wildflowers along Gold Hill Trail

    Day-hikers heading up the Gold Hill Trail to the fabulous views of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge and Lake Pend Oreille pass countless wildflowers on the way. Here’s a sampling of …


  • A snapshot of opening day fishing

    The opening day of Washington’s lowland trout fishing season is a timeless tradition for many Inland Northwest families. The fishing action and camaraderie that lures anglers to area lakes on …


  • Teach a kid to fish…

    Nearly 100 volunteers from Spokane-area sportsmen’s groups assemble on the first weekend of May to treat around 900 youngsters to the thrill of fishing during the annual Kids Fishing event …


  • Capturing a wolf for research

    A young wolf with an expensive “necklace” is playing a major role in helping wildlife researchers map the recovery of gray wolves in Washington. The number of confirmed wolf packs …


  • Grand Canyon in winter

    A winter rafting and hiking trip along the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park is a gamble with the elements. While the days can be pleasant, the nights can …


  • 2013 photos recall outdoor stories

    After 35 years as the Outdoors scribe for The Spokesman-Review, it’s still a bit startling to look back at a year of work and see where the stories have led …


  • Hunter check stations

    Hunters can boost the state’s knowledge for managing wildlife by devoting a few minutes after their hunting trips to a quick stop at a highway hunter check station. (See …


  • Shoulder-season Beartooths trek

    The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the “roof top of Montana” bordering the north side of Yellowstone Park, is a mecca for backpackers with a …


  • Seven Devils Loop hike

    The Seven Devils Mountains are the lake-studded pinnacle of the Hells Canyon Wilderness rising above the Snake River to the west and the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho, on the …


  • Glacier Peak Wilderness trek

    Visiting the 566,430-acre Glacier Peak Wilderness is a remote experience no matter how you approach it. Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet …


  • A boy’s first fish

    After considerable effort and a few near misses at Williams Lake, Quinn Connacher, 6, of Spokane caught his first fish. Once the trout was netted, the boy got a huge …


  • Ospreys banded on Lake CdA

    Osprey expert Wayne Melquist bands 3-week-old osprey in nests along Lake Coeur d’Alene as the feature attraction for people aboard the annual osprey cruise boat trip. At least 100 osprey …


  • Wenaha wilderness backpacking

    The Wenaha River Trail from Troy, Oreg., heading into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness is a favorite early-season backpacking trip among the Spokane Mountaineers. The trail is free of snow in April …


  • Project Healing Waters-Fly Fishing

    The sport of fly fishing — tying flies, learning to cast and venturing to rivers in pursuit of fish — is proving to be ideal therapy for disabled veterans working …


  • San Juan Island bike & hike

    Washington’s San Juan Islands are among the hottest items in the world of recreational travel. Outdoors enthusiasts love the islands in dozens of ways, including bird watching, whale watching, sea …


  • Surveying North Idaho critters

    Researchers are tapping citizen scientists to survey reclusive creatures in the Idaho Panhandle, ranging from slugs and frogs to lynx and wolverines. (See story.) Outdoors editor Rich Landers …


  • Sandpoint’s nordic skiing boom

    Cross-country skiers donating time, energy and their own grooming equipment are inspiring Sandpoint– a town of alpine skiing tradition– to get active on skinny skis. The growth is being sparked …


  • Deer trapping for research

    A deer springs and kicks in an athletic burst captured in the photo above by Dave Ross as volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council release the animal. The deer …

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