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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Chimney camp stove: boil water with sticks and grass

CAMPING -- "Fire. Air. Wood. Water. Those are the essential ingredients for the Backcountry Boiler, an esoteric stove-type product called 'the world’s first ultralight chimney kettle.' " says The Gear Junkie Stephen Regenold. The product is made in Pittsburgh, and the stove is marketed to...

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Hiking tip: Get the right fit

OUTDOORS TRAVEL -- Properly fitted backpacks and hiking boots are key to comfort and safety, preventing back injuries, blisters and potentially nasty falls. The National Outdoor Leadership school has a mantra: snug around the waist, loose in the toe. For more tips on selecting and...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011


Priest Lake's Outlet Campground closed for season

CAMPING – Renovation work at Outlet Campground on Priest Lake likely keep the facility closed throughout the 2011 camping season, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests announced today. “Renovations will give the entire campground a facelift and will include new rest rooms, water and sewer lines,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

This little cabin at the West Glacier KOA accommodates up to four people. (Courtesy photo)

KOA's are more than campgrounds

CAMPING -- Commercial campgrounds are upgrading to accommodate people who don't necessarily like camping. KOA campgrounds, for instance, are featuring cabins and lodges at many of their facilities. Two KOAs around the outside of Glacier National Park offer cute little cabins and even high-end lodges...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

Smoke Elser, wilderness outfitter from Western Montana, teaches courses in outfitting and packing livestock. (Associated Press)

Class teaches outfitting, stock packing skills

OUTFITTING -- Legendary Western Montana wilderness outfitter Smoke Elser is teaching a two-day outfitting and packing course at Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier on May 14-15. The two-day hands-on course is open to novice packers as well as experienced packers who want to learn...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Raw Crunch bar is all natural trail food. (Courtesy photo)

Hiker hunger goes the way of the birds

OUTDOOR NUTRITION -- Ah, it's lunch time here in the office. On the trail, it's always snack time. The new on-the-trail nutrition bars shown above look and taste somewhat like compressed blocks of birdseed, says The Gear Junkie in a whiff of understatement. Ingredients such...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

This tick is five times normal size, engorged with blood after dining.Spokane Regional Health District (Spokane Regional Health District / The Spokesman-Review)

Creepy warning for the outdoor weekender

GETTING OUT -- Several Facebook friends have confirmed what I've already experienced: Tick season has begun. I don't mind looking like a dork when I hike, so I don't hesitate to tuck my pant legs into my socks this time of year, especially when hiking...

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Dogs will be allowed in some Oregon State Parks yurts and cabins starting in the 2012 season. (Julia Moore / Mail Tribune)

Oregon state park yurts going to the dogs

CAMPING -- For the first time, Oregon is making popular yurts and cabins at state parks campgrounds available to visitors with dogs. The new feature begins next year, but the the state began taking reservations for pet-friendly yurts and cabins starting today. Read more from...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011


THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Black bears emerging from dens eat green grass to kick-start digestion. (File Associated Press)

First bears emerge from dens at Glacier Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- Bear tracks in the snow this week alerted Glacier National Park officials that bears are emerging from hibernation and venturing out looking for food. That means it's time for a refresher on hiking and traveling in bear country. Read on for tips...

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North Idaho campground hosts needed

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Volunteer Forest Service campground hosts are being sought for the summer season at the historic Snyder Guard Station near the Moyie River, the Bonners Ferry Ranger District says. Applications are being accepted. The hosts should be selected by May 10. "This is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Plan now for the best July in years

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES -- July might be the best month of the year for camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities, and this year's version will deliver even more than usual. July 2011 will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays -- a bonanza recreational...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010


Jane Schelly, pictured here at a Bhutan monastery, wears modest clothing and connects with locals in her travels.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Travel to Turkey tonight with Jane Schelly

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Outdoorswoman and world traveler Jane Schelly of Spokane will present a program tonight on her lengthy visits to Turkey. The free program starts at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E Mansfield.Expect to hear about hiking options as well as...

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