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Gear Junkie: Canvas tent bombproof, one of kind

Nestled in a canvas cocoon atop a cush foam mattress, I feel cozy and warm. The world around me is shut out — no wind, no lights, and no pointy …


Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel

OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at …


Campfire ban burns some; okay with others

Emergency bans on campfires in campgrounds across the region have riled some, left others resigned to the need to prevent wildfires


Gear Junkie: Camping above the ground

Have you considered camping in the air? A growing trend, “hanging tents” meld hammock features with bug mesh, zippers, and a fly.


Gear Junkie: Airstream goes fiberglass with latest model

Coming in 2018, Airstream touts its latest model as aerodynamic, lightweight, and strong. But this isn’t your dad’s aluminum tow-behind. The company shifts to fiberglass for the Nest, a camper …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Witness says Idaho 18-year-old died playing Russian roulette

It was a game of Russian roulette that led to the death of 18-year-old Tim Reeves while he and friends were camping in Idaho, witnesses said.


Gear Junkie: Packscooter just as it says; part pack, part scooter

The Packscooter looks like something you’d see a kid riding around the block. But the design belies a transformable conveyance that’s helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of …


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Wildlife managers euthanize bear that bothered Idaho campers

Wildlife managers have trapped and killed a black bear after the animal kept making contact with people camping in a popular central Idaho recreation area.


Kid camping is a natural experience

Taking kids camping, you know instinctively that you are doing something right for your offspring. You have brought them to this semi-natural place and pitched the tents and created a …


Alan Liere: A camping evolution

When I was a kid, my Uncle Pat and Aunt Molly would gather up nieces and nephews for a camping/fishing extravaganza to the San Poil River right after school let …


Bear collapses tent with camper inside in Alaska; woman not injured

A woman camping at a municipal park in Alaska’s largest city got a surprise when a black bear collapsed her tent.


Gear Junkie: Sweet dreams with the LaidBack camping pad

Car campers take note: You can get great sleep on the LaidBack Pad. It’s big, bulky, and expensive. But this ultra-plush foam pad can make your night a dream.


Field Reports: Evening outdoor programs at Riverside State Park

The summertime Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park continue this week with a


Remembering Jason: The struggles and death of a Spokane Valley Eagle Scout

Jason Pederson was an Eagle Scout. When his father died at a young age, he fell into addiction. He died in a downtown shooting last month.


Handy man on Mount Spokane: Can-do state park manager Steve Christensen retiring

For 17 years, Mount Spokane State Park has been blessed, according to numerous testimonials, with a manager who’s handled user issues and conflicts as deftly as he’s dealt with power …


Field reports: Kayak guide dies rescuing client in Yellowstone

A kayak guide in his first season on the job in Yellowstone National Park has died while trying to rescue a park visitor who capsized on Yellowstone Lake. Initial reports …


Dead trees force summer closure of popular Oregon campground

Deschutes National Forest officials have closed the Cultus Lake Campground and Day-Use area for the entire summer because dead or diseased trees pose a safety hazard.


Outdoors ripe for a memorable holiday weekend outing

The stage is set for recreationists heading out to flex their muscles, launch their boats and pitch their tents for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some people may be packing …


Canada’s lesser-known national parks good bet during 150th anniversary

It’s Canada’s turn to celebrate its national parks. As part of Canada 150 – the country’s sesquicentennial – admission is free in all national parks. For Americans, a car-camping trip …


Search and rescue volunteers make commitment to community

It’s not enough that a search and rescue (SAR) team knows how to look for people in the wild. The team members also must be able to look out for …


Oregon parks open 1,000 more campsite for 2017 solar eclipse

State park officials say they are opening 1,000 more campsites for people coming to watch the summer solar eclipse from Oregon.


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

Landslide blocks Porcupine Bay access possibly for months

A landslide that occurred Sunday north of Davenport will block access to Lake Roosevelt’s popular Porcupine Bay Campground and boat launch for weeks or even months, Lincoln County officials say.


Backcountry cabin offers skiers rustic comfort in Eagle Cap Wilderness

It’s not for everybody, but skiing into a backcountry cabin is an ideal break from the late-winter blues just when it’s needed most. Out there, weary refugees from the rat-race …


Two for the Road: Couple explores Tanzania parks in rental camping Rover

“The large male elephant looked up and stared directly into the front window, giving me that piercing stink-eye look that says, get out of my way,” said Bill Pierce, recalling …


Gear Junkie: Connect with the outdoors with connect-together tents

A new kind of shelter system will let you camp alone, or ‘hook up’ via connectable corners that create a multi-room tent village.


Mount Rainier’s new online backcountry, camping reservation system starts March 15

The new online reservation system at Mount Rainier National Park will begin taking requests on Wednesday, and park officials hope to get beyond the system failure that occurred last spring.


Traditional hunting camps losing ground in modern world

Between development of once-wild lands and the ever-expanding sprawl of the suburbs, and a general apathy toward the sport from an over-stimulated younger generation, traditional hunting camps across the country …


Rejoice, weekend warriors: A few days of camping tunes up your circadian clock

Perhaps Huffington should become a camping advocate, too. As the weekend warrior knows, falling asleep may come a little easier when it happens beneath the stars. A new report from …


Top gear from 2017 Outdoor Retailer winter show

From ski gear to winter jackets, companies congregate each winter in Utah to launch new products at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. I spent last week evaluating hundreds of products …


Field Reports: Reservations go online at Mount Rainier

Backpackers and climbers who want to camp in wilderness areas of