Feats of outdoor bravery, skill and persistence were achieved in 2018.
But those who came before were honored, too. On the 40th anniversary of his daring climb of K2, Spokane mountaineer and former county commissioner John Roskelley was inducted as an honorary member of the American Alpine Club in January.
Spokane climber Scott Coldiron established two serious climbing routes in the Cabinet Mountains. Coldiron has been ice climbing near Granite Lake for five years.
Speed climbing demon Scott Bennett set a record on Mt. Stuart’s complete north ridge, climbing the technical route in 5 hours, 57 minutes.
In March, Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park’s all-volunteer ski patrol rescued a lost 15-year-old snowboarder in a late-night search and rescue mission.
Yakima-area bow hunter Jake Fife bagged a nearly 300-pound buck and set a state record.
And Montana hunter Justin Sheedy tied the bighorn ram world record. Sheedy’s ram earned a score of 208 3/8, tying the current hunter-shot record.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.