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Joining Roskelley clan widened Allison’s appreciation for ‘sufferbuckets’

Allison Roskelley pauses during a portage on her SUP descent of the Spokane River. (Rich Landers)
Allison Roskelley pauses during a portage on her SUP descent of the Spokane River. (Rich Landers)

ADVENTURE -- Allison Roskelley is expanding her range of joy and fulfillment through misery.

After becoming one of three paddlers to ride stand-up paddleboards the 112-mile length of the Spokane River, Roskelley reflected on the self-improvement concept.

For background, she was already a fitness buff and spinning coach before she met and married Jess Roskelley, an accomplished Spokane climber. Her father-in-law, John Roskelley has been hailed as one of the best mountaineers in the world in the 70s and 80s.

“When I got into this Roskelley family, I couldn’t quite understand how Jess would come back from an expedition completely wrung out, skinny with weight loss and then in a week or so he’d be excited about what he’d done and even more stoked about what he was going to do next," she said.

“Now I know what that’s all about. I’m swollen and starved, I have blisters, and I’m so stoked for the next one, whatever it is, and adding new people and places to our adventures.”




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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