OUTBOUND – Three popular annual events at Mount Spokane State Park for Nordic skiers and snowshoers are coming up in February:
Women’s Souper Bowl, Feb. 5: The 12th annual women- and girls-only event featuring snowshoeing and cross-country skiing activities and lunch to benefit the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen. Snowshoes will be available to borrow. Bus transportation is available. Event ends in time for participants to leave in time for the Super Bowl football telecast. Register online by Wednesday. Info: souperbowlspokane.org.
Langlauf, Feb. 12: The 37th annual 10-kilometer classic-style citizens ski race features a competitive field followed by citizen skiers. New start time is 10 a.m. All participants eligible for post-event prize drawings. Info: spokanelanglauf.org.
Mt. Spokane Nordic Cup, Feb. 18-19: Features classic and freestyle races. Although the event is open to skiers of all ages including masters divisions, it’s also a national junior Nordic qualifying event that will attract some of the region’s top teen skiers. Info: spokanenordic.org.
Long-distance hikers clinic in Coeur d’Alene
OUTGOING – A day-long seminar for backpackers interested in hikes ranging to weeks and months is set for Saturday in Coeur d’Alene.
The third annual Winter Ruck, sponsored by the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West, is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lake City Community Church, 6200 N. Ramsey Rd.
“The ruck is designed for anyone interested in doing a long-distance hike, especially on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail or any other long distance trail,” said local organizer Bob Turner, a PCT veteran.
Presenters include experienced long distance hikers who have hiked a minimum of 8,000 miles on the PCT, AT and Continental Divide Trail.
“Plenty of time will be given to talk to and interact with these highly experienced hikers,” Turner said.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their backpack and gear. One of the experienced members will be available to review your gear and offer advice in a one-on-one pack shakedown with advice on create a lighter load tailored to individual needs.
Cost is $20 for non-members. Register online, ALDHAWest.org/Ruck. Info: (208) 772-2552.
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