WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011
Mon., Dec. 19, 2011
OUTDOOR SPORTS -- Many people will be hitting the sunny ski slopes this week, or maybe "coloring up" in a tanning booth, or planning for a winter getaway to a warm beach. Fine. Take your sunscreen and learn to cover up. Remember, your skin is...
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011
Wed., Dec. 14, 2011
NEW GEAR – The UVPaqlite is worth checking out in case you have an application for a portable light source that does NOT require batteries, bulbs, electricity or chemical activation. These glow-in-the-dark ‘lights in a bag’ charge even by cloudy daylight, will illuminate 3-6 person...
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011
Tue., Nov. 8, 2011
HIKING/SURVIVAL -- It's good news that a Leavenworth hiker who got lost last weekend walked out safely from the woods after spending an unexpected cold night in the mountains. He had the gear and know-how to survive. Yay! But a few readers have been intrigued...
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011
PUBLIC LANDS -- For the third consecutive year, visitors will enjoy free admission to national parks on 17 days in 2012, the Department of Interior has announced. Some of those freebies include three-day holiday weekends and even a week-long celebration of National Parks Week. National...
FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2011
Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
CAMPING -- Parents love getting notes from their kids indicating they're capable of dealing with adversity -- especially when they maintain their smile while making lemonade from lemons, and inflict comfort and happiness on people around them. Here's a recent email message from my youngest...
THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011
Thu., Oct. 13, 2011
WOMEN OUTDOORS -- The Spokane REI store is devoting an evening to providing women with information on programs and events designed especially for getting women active in outdoor activities. Diva Night is set for Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1125 N. Monroe....
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011
Tue., Oct. 11, 2011
CAMPING -- The Washington Department of Natural Resources and the town of Northport are co-hosting a volunteer work party on Saturday, (Oct. 15) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sheep Creek Campground near Northport. Two years ago, the town of Northport took over managing the...
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011
Tue., Sept. 27, 2011
CONSERVATION -- “Wild Night For Wilderness" – a community celebration of the great outdoors, is being organized into an evening of music, slides and updates on the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Evans Brother’s Coffee in Sandpoint....
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011
Thu., Sept. 22, 2011
HIKING -- A couple of seasoned hikers made three classic mistakes that left them out on the slopes of Mount Rainier for a cold night in the woods Tuesday. In a nutshell: They separated from their party (and the party didn't wait for them at...
Thu., Sept. 22, 2011
CAMPING – Big Hank and Bumblebee campgrounds on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District have been reopened for free fall camping through October on a trial basis. “We’ve had requests to open the campgrounds in the fall to accommodate both hunters and people who enjoy...
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011
HIKING – Craig Romano, author of Washington Backpacking (Mountaineers Books) and several other hiking guidebooks, will present a free slide program on overnight and multiday backpacking routes across the state on Thursday (Sept. 22), 7 p.m., at REI, 1125 N. Monroe.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011
Fri., Sept. 16, 2011
La Niña, which contributed to extreme weather around the globe during the first half of 2011, has re-emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean and is forecast to gradually strengthen and continue into winter. Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have upgraded last month’s La Niña...
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011
Thu., Sept. 15, 2011
PUBLIC LANDS -- As the Idaho Panhandle National Forests gear up to revise their forest management plansfor the next 15-20 years, conservationists are sizing up the potential impacts on recreation and wilderness. Brad Smith of the Idaho Conservation League will give a presentation about the...
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011
Wed., Sept. 14, 2011
PUBLIC LANDS -- Recreation is being curtailed as fire fighters are getting a handle on the 640-acre Birthday fire, which is burning on the Crest of the Selkirk Mountans northeast of Priest Lake and about 20 air miles northwest of Bonners Ferry. The fire is...
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011
Fri., Sept. 9, 2011
HIKING -- Sorry I've been a bit out of touch this week. My wife, Meredith, and I had to focus on what we were doing: Above Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park, British Columbia. If you've been waffling on whether to go backpacking into the high...
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011
Wed., Aug. 31, 2011
STATE PARKS -- An Airway Heights couple has been named the state park system's "Hosts of the Year" in the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's 2010 Volunteer Recognition Awards for outstanding volunteer service. John and Darlene Lundstrum stood out in during their second year...
MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011
Mon., Aug. 29, 2011
OUTDOOR HAZARDS -- Officials in eastern Idaho’s Gem County say mosquitoes collected this week tested positive for West Nile virus. This follows a report in mid-August that the virus was found in a Mosquito near Yakima. Idaho's Gem County Mosquito Abatement District director Jason Kinley...
SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2011
Sat., Aug. 20, 2011
OUTDOOR HAZARDS -- The state Health Department says the West Nile virus was found in a mosquito collected Tuesday in Yakima County -- the first sign of the disease this year in Washington. No human cases have been identified this year, but there were two...
FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011
Fri., Aug. 19, 2011
WATER SPORTS -- Campers and boaters must be aware of toxic alage warnings for a portion of Potholes reservoir and Lake Rufus Woods. The Washington Department of Health is warning people not to swim in Rufus Woods, but officials say the problems does not affect...
THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011
Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
CAMPING -- Double the life of the ice in your cooler during long camping trips by wrapping it with your sleeping bag when not in use. Better yet, I dedicate an old rectangular sleeping bag to the cooler and leave it on to insulate all...
MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011
Mon., Aug. 15, 2011
CAMPING -- With bear problems under control, Graham Creek, a popular dispersed camping area near the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River has been reopen for public use, Idaho Panhandle National Forests officials announced this morning. Graham Creek, 14 miles north from I-90 on...
FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011
Thu., Aug. 4, 2011
CAMPING -- Construction is blocking the best access to Elsie Lake Campground, a popular high lake in the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District. Forest Roads 264 and 2354 were closed last week. Work will continue to November. Option: Polaris Peak Road 330 is open, but...
Thu., Aug. 4, 2011
OUTDOORS PROGRAMS -- Free nature-themed movie presentations are being presented this month, starting Friday at the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center near Orofino, Idaho. Read on for the list of Friday and Sunday programs, ranging from bugs to grizzlies.
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.