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  • 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 …


  • Shooting at Pheasant Valley Preserve

    Pheasant Valley Preserve in Whitman County became Washington’s first licensed game-bird shooting preserve in 1967. Since then, the Wiedrich family has raised pheasants to release for hunters on …


  • Hikers circle Mont Blanc

    Considered the most popular long-distance trek in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a 110-mile route through the Alps circumnavigating the 15,744-foot peak. The trail goes through France, Italy …


  • Mule packing to Star Peak

    The Forest Service is taking a team approach to restoring a fire lookout on a peak overlooking the Clark Fork River. Although many helping hands are involved, the heavy lifting …


  • Camping family survives storm

    The Herb Fields family of Cheney narrowly avoided injury at their campsite in the 10 Mile Campground when an epic thunder and wind storm hit Ferry County around 4 p.m. …


  • Squirrel babies hitch a ride

    Tina and Judge Wynecoop, of Colbert, knew what to do when they discovered a nest full of five newborn red squirrels in the air filter of their Toyota SUV. The …


  • Recreation blooms on the bluffs

    Wildflowers are bursting into their spring bloom in the region’s lowlands. The next few weeks are prime time for golden arrowleaf balsamroot flowers and wedding-white serviceberry blossoms to greet the …


  • College kids go WILD on spring break

    While some students head to party destinations for spring break, the outdoors crowd is more likely to release the pressure of mid-terms by scaling mountains, running rivers, biking trails, muscle-powering …


  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (2012)

    Sixty-six teams began the nearly 1,000-mile race on March 4. Fifty-seven teams remain.


  • 2012 Langlauf Nordic Ski Race

    About 250 competitors launched from mass start into the 34th annual Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Mount Spokane. The fastest skiers through the foggy conditions …


  • Working Man’s Retriever hunt

    Pro dog trainer Dan Hosford of Medical Lake and cameraman Mickey Hough of Spokane put in a long day of waterfowl hunting and dog training in mid-January 2012 along the …


  • Aerial eagle assault

    Bald eagles generally seem to be at peace with each other as they congregate each winter to feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay. But for …


  • Snow-tubers living in the fast lane

    Generations of snow sliders dreamed of a rope tow that would allow them to speed down hills in their sleds or inner tubes without having to trudge up the hill …


  • White Christmas duck returns to Riverfront Park

    She’s back! A wood duck once again is bringing the “White Christmas” spirit to Riverfront park. Some have speculated it’s an albino, others have suggested the duck with the pink …


  • Paddling the Pend Oreille River

    Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club members learned about wildlife, habitat restoration and Native American heritage as they paddled the Pend Oreille River with representatives from the Kalispel Tribe and Pend …


  • Fish Lake Trail mural vandalized

    Less that two weeks after it was virtually completed, the colorful mural in the tunnel on the Fish Lake Rail Trail near Marshall has been ruined by vandalism. Eastern Washington …