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Outdoors blog snowmobiling archive

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

A moose rests in deep snow by Bob Jones's snowmobile near McGrath, Alaska. Jones of Kettle Falls and his son-in-law Josh Rindal of Spokane followed the Iditarod Trail and the 2012 Iditarod sled dog race, and they did it again in 2014.
 (Bob Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 8

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane pauses at the "Nicolai 20 miles" sign in a thick stand of birch along the Iditarod Trail.  The old, totally faded, sign to the left was put there by John Runkles many years ago.  The new, yellow, BLM sign was also placed there by John, but about 20 years later. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 7

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Bob Jones of Kettle Falls pauses to photograph the Iditarod Trail 20 miles south of the Bear Creek Shelter Cabin during his March 2014 snowmobile trek to follow the Alaska sled dog race during a year of skimpy snow conditions.  The trail passes through a burn that scorched the area around 2000 from the Post
River Slide for about 30 miles to a point not far south of Bison Camp.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 6 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

The crew at Rohn Checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail pose with two Washington snowmobilers. Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 5

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

Ice bridges over open water slots at the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River near Hells Gate was one of the most treacherous sections of the Iditarod Trail negotiated in 2014 by snowmobilers Josh Rindal of Spokane, shown here waiting to help Bob Jones of Kettle Falls at dangerous spot. "We were never sure we could get to Rohn until we rode up the riverbank and onto a bare trail," Jones said.   (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 4

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014

Two cyclists on fat bikes pause at Rainy Pass on the Iditarod Trail. They were traveling in February from Anchorage to Point Hope, a distance of about 1200 miles. The sign was installed by Josh Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, who were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 3

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, left, and Josh Rindal of Spokane finished their 1,000-mile Alaska snowmobile trek along the Iditarod Trail in time to get tickets for the Musher Banquet in Nome on March 18, 2012. They put in 15 days on the trail between the Anchorage area and Nome.

 (Bob Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 2 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are "150 miles up the trail and all is well" as they repeat their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile. "We're hearing constant horror stories about things ahead," reports...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane pauses on the Yentna with Mount McKinley in the background on Day 1 -- Feb. 28, 2014 -- of his 1,400-mile snowmobile trip along Alaska's Iditarod Trail. He's traveling with Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, a veteran of 20 trips along the famous sled dog route. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 1

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th time on the Iditarod. Click...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014

Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, left, and Josh Rindal of Spokane finished their 1,000-mile Alaska snowmobile trek along the Iditarod Trail in time to get tickets for the Musher Banquet in Nome on March 18, 2012. They put in 15 days on the trail between the Anchorage area and Nome.

 (Bob Jones)

Alaska, Iditarod hurting for snow 

SNOWMOBILING -- Don't bother driving your snowmobile -- or your sled dogs -- to Alaska in search of good snow conditions. Bob Jones of Kettle Falls drove up the Alaska-Canada Highway with his son in law, Josh Rindal, to make another 1,000-mile run on their...

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MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Video details killer avalanche near Ketchum

WINTER SPORTS -- The avalanche that killed a snowmobiler last weekend near Ketchum -- while a woman survived even though she'd been buried for 90 minutes -- is detailed in his video report from Sawtooth Avalanche Center. It's short, instructive and worth watching in this...

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Huge Canada avalanche prompts warnings

WINTER SPORTS -- Recent weather is creating hazards. Be careful out there. Massive avalanche in B.C. prompts warnings there and in Alberta The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a high-hazard warning for British Columbia and Alberta after learning of a massive slide on Wednesday near Fernie,...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane snowmobiles along the beach out of Nome, Alaska, at sunset after his 1,100 snowmobile trip along the Iditarod Trail.   (Bob Jones)

10 tips for safer snowmobiling

WINTER SPORTS -- An insurance company compiled this list of safety tips for snowmobilers based on data of what most often goes wrong. Heed these guidelines and you'll stay out of the wrong column of the insurance company's statistics. Be aware of the conditions and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

Snowmobilers share groomed trails with recreationists on foot and sometimes wildlife. (FILE)

Clearwater over-snow travel maps out in January

WINTER SPORTS -- Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests plan to have the Clearwater Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps (OSVUMs) available to the public by mid-January. At that, forest officials plan implementation road and area closures that will be spelled out on the map. OSVUMs are the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

Hucking junk off mountains isn't cool 

ENVIRONMENT -- Go-Pro video cameras have recorded all sorts of stunts, but to see the company endorse the trashing of pristine mountain environments makes me want to gag and go back to the ol' Super 8 camera. The video above reportedly shows Erik Roner, who...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Over-snow vehicles allow visitors to experience the interior of Yellowstone including Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Snow Lodge during the winter. Guided snowmobiles are another seasonal option.

Yellowstone's roads closing so plowing can begin

NATIONAL PARKS -- The transition has begun at Yellowstone National Park. Pavement will soon be exposed. Seasonal road closures in Yellowstone NP begin Friday Over-snow travel season is drawing to a close in Yellowstone National Park, and on Friday, the East Entrance will close at...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

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