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Outdoors blog paddling archive

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

Video: Whitewater kayaking carnage compiled

WATERSPORTS -- For every awesome video we've seen of kayakers skillfully negotiating whitewater rapids and waterfalls there are countless calamities, injuries and near-death experiences. Here's a sampling. P.S. Think twice about trying to replicate this stuff.

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014

Rafters and paddlers take advantage of the revamped Spokane River access site at the stateline.

Spokane River access open at stateline site

WATERSPORTS -- A launch site for drift boats, paddling craft and rafts has been remodeled and reopened at the stateline just downstream from the I-90 Bridge. The Stateline access site includes parking and native landscaping planted by the Spokane Conservation District and volunteer groups on...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014


Canoe racer Megan Burgmuller takes spray from the Blackfoot River earlier this week during a practice run through the gates set for the 2014 Open Canoe Slalom National Championship race at Roundup Rapids. (Kurt Wilson / Missoulian)

Racers hit Blackfoot in open canoes

WATERSPORTS --The 2014 Open Canoe Slalom National Championship starts today and runs through Sunday (June 29) near Missoula on the Blackfoot River upstream of the Roundup Fishing Access Site off Montana Highway 200. Spectators can view the American Canoe Association event for free in the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

SkiFest is one of two outdoor recreation opportunities offered for the physically challenged this summer by St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute.

Outdoor recreational outings offered to disabled

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute's recreational therapy team is gearing up for a busy summer season of outdoor recreation fun for physically challenged adventurers of all ages. Outdoor Recreation Experience, June 21, features adaptive and regular fishing, handcycling, archery, kayaking and canoeing,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Spokane Canoe & Kayak Clubbers had the perfect day to paddle the Pend Oreille River on July 16, 2011. (Rich Landers)

Spokane paddlers offer canoe, kayak classes

PADDLING – The Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is launching its annual series of paddling classes for canoeists as well as whitewater and sea kayakers starting next weekend. The classes are taught by qualified instructors as follows: May 18 ­– Flatwater solo and tandem canoeing....

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

Forest Service hydrologist Kevin Davis, right, along Lightning Creek, which was still flowing low and clear on a 70-degree April 30, 2014, near Hope, Idaho. (Rich Landers)

Hydrologist: Ski now, paddle whitewater later

WINTERSPORTS -- Hold on to your spray skirts, kayakers. The ski-snowshoe-snowboard season is not yet over. This week's weather foray into 70-degree temperatures isn't enough to trigger the big spring runoff events whitewater enthusiasts relish. "It's still getting below freezing at night in the upper...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Hangman Creek flows chart March 6, 2014. (USGS)

Hangman Creek flows spike; rafters gearing up 

RIVER RUNNING -- Every local veteran rafter, kayaker and canoeist knows the recipe: Snow followed by warm temperatures and rain are the ingredients for the brief surge of flows needed for whitewater action on Hangman Creek. Brownwater action, I mean. The river spiked from under...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014

 Roy Massena poses in his sea kayak during an Alaska journey. ( Roy Massena)

Sea kayaker details journey on B.C. coast

PADDLING -- A free program on a British Columbia sea kayaking journey from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, for the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club at Mountain Gear's corporate office, 6021 E. Mansfield....

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SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Paddlers from the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddle toward the Buttes of the Cross in Canyonlands National Park during their September 2013 float on the Green River of Utah.  ( Debbie Pierce)

Flash flood ordeal recounted by paddlers

NOTE DATE: The date for this program was incorrect in today's print version of the announcement. PADDLING – Four Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club members who survived a close call with a freak flash flood event while kayaking the Green River of Utah will present...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

Kayaker found dead on Palouse River

PADDLING -- A kayaker's body was recovered this morning from the Palouse River, according to the following statement released this afternoon by the Whitman County Sheriff. Alison Webb, 54, who was on the Palouse city council, was found dead early Friday morning, her life apparently...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 18, 2013

Spokane Mountaineers gather for dinner at a well-used campsite near the Wenaha River in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

Spokane Mountaineers more than a climbing club

OUTDOOR GROUPS -- The Spokane Mountaineers, an outdoors club that's been exploring the region's mountains, waters and trails for nearly a century, will describe their activities in the annual Meet the Mountaineers presentation, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at the Spokane REI store, 1125 N....

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2013

Daron Williams paddles as Wiley E. Waters rafting company guide Andrew Brunsche pilots their raft through a Spokane River rapid. (Rich Landers)

New Spokane River Water Trail resources detailed

RIVERS -- Andy Dunau of the Spokane River Forum is gearing up to reveal how to find groups connected with the Spokane River and demonstrate a new Spokane River Water Trail website mapping resource for detailed information about the river’s flows, access points, paddling routes...

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