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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016

Official searches have been called off for a hiker missing on the Pacific Crest Trail since Oct. 12.

Hope not lost for finding missing PCT hiker

HIKING -- Official search and rescue efforts have been suspended for Kris Fowler, a Pacific Crest Trail thru hiker who's been missing in the Washington portion of the 2,660-mile trail since Oct. 12. But family and friends continue to hold hope that adventurers or hunters...

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2015


FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. (Andy Davidhazy)

Video captures 2,600-mile hike of PCT in 4 minutes

TRAILS -- Andy Davidhazy hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and 2014 and snapped a selfie every mile to document the route. He's compiled the images into a four-minute time-lapse video (below) that flies viewers ground-level from Mexico through Callifornia, Oregon and Washington...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015

Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter are walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the winter of 2014-15.

Hikers halfway on winter thru-hike of PCT

HIKING -- Shawn Forry if Midpines, Calif., and Justin Lichter of Truckee, Calif., are attempting to be the first to complete a documented thru-hike of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail during winter. Having started in Canada in late October, they're near Lake Tahoe this week,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

Reese Witherspoon stars in the movie Wild, depicting a woman trying to find herself by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Will Reese Witherspoon spur a backpacking boom? 

HIKING -- Industry insiders are wondering whether the soon-to-be-released movie "Wild" featuring Reese Witherspoon will provide the boost for backpacking that A River Runs Through It, featuring Brad Pitt, bestowed on fly fishing. The buzz is already buzzing. “The movie follows the book by Cheryl...

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Bear spray canister: recommended equipment for recreating in bear country. (Colin Mulvany)

Injured hiker had to fend off bears

HIKING -- Bears have always been good at smelling opportunity. A hiker who fell, broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder in the North Cascades last weekend said he had to fend off bears while he waited several hours for a helicopter rescue team. The...

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

Pacific Crest Trail self-supported speed record holder Heather "Anish" Anderson strides out on Gold Hill Trail near Sandpoint with Phil Hough of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, right, and her partner, Kevin Douglas, on May 14, 2014. (Rich Landers)

PCT trail record setter checks out Sandpoint

HIKING -- The woman who set the 60-day, self-supported, speed-hiking record for the 2700-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 was in Sandpoint Wednesday to give a presentation for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The crowd that came for the...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2013

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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