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Monday, March 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Camping advice: Put the damn toilet seat down!

Since I am old and feeble, I’ve been spending a good deal more time in campgrounds these days, and too little time hiking or biking the trail, or paddling the …


Midstokke: Precocious child forgets about Disneyland, learns to love outdoors

I am unsure whether my child got really lucky with me as a mother or she’s paying off some bad karma from a previous life. Better parents probably take their …


Some outdoor trips require advance planning

Winter is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a special permit or reservations. Campers seeking to stay at popular national park or national forest cabins, lookouts …


10 tips for building a fire in wet conditions

Following are 10 sure-fire steps to building a fire in wet conditions: 1 Select a site out of the wind, away from snow-loaded tree limbs, that suits your purpose, whether …


Outdoors sport show season starts

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars …


Outdoors Tech: “Bear-proof” food containers continue to evolve and improve

An unexpected problem has developed in the world of bear-resistant food storage testing: The grizzly bears responsible for tearing containers to shreds are getting bored or depressed.


In brief: American Camper Report released

Campers have been finding a little more elbow room at campsites across the country in recent years. According to a recent survey, more than 40 million Americans – or 14 …


2014 Outdoors: lists

100, Lake McDonald Lodge; Glacier National Park. 75, Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, first in Washington; Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge; Mont. State Parks system. 70, Smokey Bear. 50, Wilderness Act; …


2014 Outdoors: spotlight

Local teacher a survivor Former Ferris High School science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world …


Beacons of life

Lisa Jo Frech was five days into a 10-day, 170-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail near Glacier Peak when she passed out. She’s an experienced hiker, had trained hard …


Popular cabins at Liberty Lake boost County Parks’ revenues

A long, hot summer and a pair of popular cabins on the banks of Liberty Lake were a boon to Spokane County’s Parks Department this year, as aquatics revenues hit …


In brief: Photo may show first wolf in 80 years at Grand Canyon

A tourist photograph of a radio-collared canine is thought to be the first gray wolf to grace the North Rim of the Grand Canyon since the 1940s. The U.S. Fish …


Rustic living requires unconventional vision and preparation

This is the next installment in a semiregular series of yarns about living off the grid, even if for just a weekend. In my nightmare, I walk into someone’s dream …


A more refined Swiss Army Knife

The train was on time, to the Swiss minute, as I boarded for a cross-country trip. It was 2010, and I was in Switzerland traveling between two powerhouses of the …


Celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act

Virtually everything was wilderness just 500 years ago in this country we call America. By the 1800s, progress had run rough-shod over the East and Lewis and Clark were sent …


Huckleberry Haiku celebrates year’s bumper crop

The best huckleberry picking season in years has inspired hikers, campers, pie makers, teachers, scientists, a TV weather reporter and an internationally acclaimed


Huckleberries basis of family bonds

Pat (Randall) Cassel, a retired Spokane teacher, has relocated to the guava groves of Hawaii, but she wrote to remind us that there’s something rich about huckleberries and the family …


Clever new outdoor products

Last week in this column I mentioned gear from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a major exhibition in Salt Lake City held this month. I spent three days trekking the …


In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires

As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry …


Rich Landers: Berry-picking readers enjoy penning purple prose

One of the best huckleberry crops in memory is leaving stains on fingers and smiles on faces throughout the region. Berries are so thick in some mountain areas, a serious …


Park visit implants Olympic memories

The first family camping trip I remember was at Kalaloch, an Olympic National Park campground perched just above a wave-pummeled Pacific beach. My parents somehow snagged an oceanfront campsite. By …


Mountaintop jewel

“Photos don’t do it justice.” That’s what I’d heard from almost everyone I spoke with before embarking on my first trip to Crater Lake National Park. “Eh,” I thought to …


Gun shooting, campfire violations prompt arrests at campground

Three men were arrested after investigators say they fired a stolen handgun near a campfire Saturday on county preserve lands.


Don’t feed the bears

In another example of the adage “a fed bear is a dead bear,” Glacier National Park rangers captured and euthanized a 3-year-old black bear last month. The animal had become …


Gear Junkie: Kind energy bars provide salty diversion

Sugary flavors tend to rule in the energy bar aisle. But not all bars skew fruity and sweet. A new line this spring from Kind includes seeds and legumes, among …


Handouts to deer just a bad idea

ELGIN, Ore. – Four deer suddenly appeared out of the thick evergreens bordering the campground and moseyed along the campground road. It was fun watching them browse, prance and play …


DNR reopens Dragoon Creek Campground

Dragoon Creek Campground is an easy fix for Spokane campers looking for a night under the stars. Just 15 minutes north of Spokane off U.S. 395, turn west at mile …


Fifth-wheel living: Making the country a better place, one campground at a time

In the field of RV camping, Susan and Larry Dach are pros. Since retiring in 2008, the Dachs have made a fifth wheel their full-time home in campgrounds across the …


Northern Adventure Tours mix luxury camping, gourmet meals

A new outfitter offers the chance to glamp, or camp glamorously, from Spokane to Alaska, dining along the way on local ingredients prepared by a private chef in a mobile …


Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented

SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …