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Ammi Midstokke: Coexisting with nature in your kitchen

There are certain people out there, I am sure, that have a sort of karmic magnet for chaos. They are the people that somehow manage to pile several catastrophes into …


Ammi Midstokke: How to become something today that you were not yesterday

I was sitting at my dinner table with a young man this week and listening to his amazing history. He had traveled the world as a trained sniper, fallen in …


Beacon for beginners: An oasis of trails, nice people, and blossoms

I hadn’t seen my car in two hours. This is no surprise on a typical ride day except that I was in a park. I also left all my food …


Ammi Midstokke: Lightening your load, backpacking advice for life

I do not, under almost any circumstances, recommend that you move. Or that you replace your usual outdoor activities with the labor of packing and schlepping boxes of personal items …


Ammi Midstokke: Disengaging from your scale

There are fewer things less important in this world than knowing what percentage your body fat is. In fact, most methods of measurement are rudimentary at best. The only thing …


Ammi Midstokke: Prescription grade outdoor therapy

My favorite thing to do when I’m feeling sorry for myself is feel sorry for myself. The human capacity for wallowing in self pity exceeds some of our most well-developed …


Ammi Midstokke: When to embrace misery, when to not

I admit, sometimes I don’t want to go outside. This is a difficult confession for a person who finds most of their entertainment in outdoor misadventures leading to an array …


Midstokke: Biking through Death Valley gives perspective

The best part about rides with my dad are the views. And finishing. Because my dad doesn’t ride a bike to crank out miles, to check his stats on Strava, …


Ammi Midstokke: Desert adventures of a mother-daughter duo

It would seem only natural that as soon as the snow begins to bring legendary powder to the region, we throw our bikes on the car to take off for …


Midstokke: Gifts from Santa can guide kids to the outdoors

For my child’s second birthday, I bought her a bike. Much to my dismay, it spent the first several months of its existence in the corner of the living room. …


Ammi Midstokke: Battling the binge with resolution prep

Every year, I spend approximately as much time considering my New Year’s Resolution as I spend committed to it after Jan. 1. This week in our home we discussed heavily …


Ammi Midstokke: Cultivation, an art lost to immediate gratification

It had been months since I was running. I had made a few half-hearted efforts, much like the one I was slogging through this morning, but by no means could …


Ammi Midstokke: A community on the run

It was pouring rain. The kind of rain that makes you wake up only to have a cup of coffee and go back to bed. The kind of rain that …


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Ammi Midstokke: Back to drinking water basics for the seasoned adventurer

Standing at the shore of the creek I grabbed my water bottle as my riding companions assured me they had extra water. Why would I drink their supplies when we …


Ammi Midstokke: Two Mouths Lakes and the mystery of the lost glasses

Although I grew up in North Idaho, I know very little of it. My parents moved here from Santa Cruz with a bushel of oranges, blind optimism, and enough Mother …


Ammi Midstokke: The rocky road to recovery

Once upon a time, almost exactly a year ago, I found myself squashed under a very large, very stubborn rock. It was enormous. In my mind, it was the size …


Ammi Midstokke: Hunting lessons for the whimsical

Every once in a while, without precept or plan, I’ll have a really good idea. They are few and far between. Often I think I have a really good idea, …


Ammi Midstokke: Exercising with the end near

Seldom in life do we have the opportunity to experience the benefits of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day without actually having to buy the cigarettes. Now we can …


From sibling rivalry to bestie: Surviving a big brother

I have spent over 35 years trying to keep up with my big brother. From the time he spun me in the laundry basket until I hurled, to the first …


Ammi Midstokke: Making memories with friends

When I first became a runner, I lost all kinds of friends. I lost friends that were tired of hearing about my mile splits. I lost smoke break friends. I …


Midstokke: Outdoor adventure awaits for those who seek it

A bomb has just exploded in my living room. There are boots and backpacks, trekking poles, various sizes of hydration bladders, headlamps, camp stoves, more head lamps, first aid kits, …


Ammi Midstokke: The Kaniksu50 and the misery/gratitude balance

To achieve optimal suffering potential, you need a few different ingredients. Sometimes I try to mix it up, like trying a new cocktail at the same bar, but the results …


Ammi Midstokke: Extreme gardening could be new fitness craze

There’s been a growing trend in cross training and sports that involves all kinds of athletic feats that both amaze and confound me. That being said, I seem to challenge …


Ammi Midstokke: Personal challenge replaces pistol dueling

I’m not quite sure how these things happen, but they always seem to start with the formulation of Really Bad Idea No .397 or No. 14. One would think by …


Midstokke: Breaking in the biking legs

The trick to breaking in your biking legs in the spring is to not actually break a leg. This proves challenging when most of your winter balance exercise was limited …


Midstokke: All dressed up with nowhere to go

I assume that the rest of you also did no less than 80 billion lunges in preparation for the anticipated epic ski season. I spent those awkward autumn bridge months …


Fire, ‘stories’ helped injured climber trapped overnight by boulder, partner says

Other than Hercules, Ammi Midstokke couldn’t have picked a better companion Friday to join her on a rock climb that went awry when a 1.5-ton boulder shifted, crushed her foot …


Sandpoint climber with broken foot grateful after boulder rescue

Sandpoint rock climber Ammi Midstokke, battered from head to toe after her foot was pinned by a 1.5-ton granite boulder in the mountains east of Priest Lake, was quick on …