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FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

Muir Project film refreshing look at adventure

BACKPACKING -- Most of us have marveled at the Radical Reels-type films of hard-bodied and sometimes weak-thinking adventurers challenging themselves to the limits of life and death to climb mountains or plunge off waterfalls in kayaks or cliffs on skis... whatever. That's why I find...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014

This undated image shows author Richard Holm’s Cessna 185 preparing for takeoff at Soldier Bar in Idaho. (Associated Press)

Wilderness planes topic at Selway benefit

PUBLIC LANDS -- Richard Holm, author of “Bound for the Backcountry,” will present a program on the history of aviation in Idaho’s backcountry to highlight the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation's eighth annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 6 p.m. in the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 2014

Backcountry Film Fest coming to Spokane, CdA

2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival Trailer from Backcountry Film Festival on Vimeo. WINTER SPORTS -- The annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene courtesy of several local outdoor groups. The lineup featuring all or portions...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

The Ross Creek Scenic Area’s ancient cedars are among gems that would be protected in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness straddling the Montana-Idaho border. (ROB CHANEY)

Bonner County digs deep to oppose wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS -- Bonner County Commissioners got most of what they wanted in changes to recommended wilderness in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests revised management plan just released this fall. But they want more. I mean they want less. Actually, they want none. SANDPOINT, Idaho...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

The view of Lake Pend Oreille from the summit of Scotchman Peak on Nov. 13, 2013. (Jim Mellen)

It was a 65ish day on Scotchman Peak

HIKING -- Jim Mellen, a hyperactive North Idaho member of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday by hiking Forest Service Trail 65 for the 7-mile roundtrip -- to the top of Scotchman Peak. He snowboarded down and posted...

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MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013

Mountain bikers cross Warm Springs meadow on the Warm Springs Trail in the proposed Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area in central Idaho near Sun Valley in 2004. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wilderness advocates wary of bikes in study area

PUBLIC LANDS -- Are mountain bikers trying to rewrite the Wilderness Act? Bicycle routes in Wyoming wilderness study area questioned Bridger-Teton National Forest officials said the management plan for the Wyoming forest specifically allows mountain bike routes in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area, but conservationists...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013

Golden larch mix with other fall colors above Little Ibex Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. ( Ken Vanden Heuvel)

October bright month for backpackers

HIKING -- I'm not the only one who's noticed that October often is a premium month for backpacking. The weather is clear and crisp and the autumn colors are brilliant. Check out this photo by Ken Vanden Heuvel from his recent trek into Little Ibex...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Wilderness first aid course offered at NIC

OUTDOORS -- A two-day Wilderness First Aid course is being offered this weekend, Oct. 5-6, by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits. The course is intended for the outdoor enthusiast who wants more than an urban first aid course provides. The emphasis of the class is...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, began his quest to hike the length of the state on the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail on Aug. 19 here at Upper Priest River Falls.
 (Mat Erpelding)

State legislator hiking length of Idaho

TRAILS -- State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, who was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in November, is attempting to hike a 950-mile route the length of Idaho in about 40 days. “Why did you run?” we asked the mountain climbing guide and outdoor...

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

A backpacker hikes near Buck Creek Pass in the Glacier Peak Wilderness with the namesake volcano, elevation 10,541 feet, in the background.  (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Glacier Peak Wilderness hikers find nature untamed near hidden volcano Should Image Lake be reopened to crowds of hikers? Local Trail Angel: Holly Weiler walks the talk Slide show of classic Glacier Peak Wilderness hike Baby-boomer climber achieves Kilimanjaro dream North Cascades Highway to reopen...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

The Washington State Department of Transportation says eight mudslides have buried SR 20, cutting off a major east-west route across the Cascades. (Washington Department of Transportation)

Thunder storms put hikers in hot spot

WILDERNESS -- I'm just back from four electrifying days of backpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, catching up old news for which I had a front row seat. Mudslides bury North Cascades Highway -- Hikers stranded Monday as storms leave the vital summer passage closed...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

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