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There is a way to keep those feet dry

Wet feet are not fun on a hike. SealSkinz, a British brand, makes socks to keep your feet dry. The company’s namesake socks are waterproof. They use a thin membrane …


Bumblebee campground closing to cut sickly trees

One of North Idaho’s most popular campgrounds will be closed this year while the Forest Service removes hazardous trees. Towering Douglas firs and grand firs are part of the ambience …


Gear Junkie: Standout stuff from Outdoor Retailer Show

The Gear Junkie is in Utah this week for the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show. The event has thousands of exhibitors and is a major venue for unveiling …


RVs kick off outdoor show season

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 …


Out & About: Salt baiting Illegal in Idaho

OUTLAW – Elk and deer are crazy for salt, and that craving, exploited by unethical and illegal hunters, is getting them killed, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game …


Landers: Great outdoors needs refs, custodians

The great outdoors is the sports stadium of the people. It’s the arena that invites all of us, regardless of age or gender, to take our best shot.


Glacier Park’s heart and soul: 93-year-old ranger

WEST GLACIER , Mont.– At 93 years old, Glacier National Park Ranger Lyle Ruterbories is contemplating retirement from his seasonal position at Kintla Lake Campground, but isn’t ready to make …


Seven Devils: Hikers approve of God’s work above Hells Canyon

Three seasons of major forest fires have remodeled the scenery for backpackers who might be revisiting Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains for the first time in a decade. But the Devils …


Giving wild critters handouts can have unforseen consequences

Two Seattle women had all night near a wilderness lake to contemplate the consequences of wildlife being habituated to humans. Allyson Kemp, 42, and Sara Esrick, 44, had driven the …


Out & About: Cabela’s expanding footprint rapidly

OUTSELL – Montana’s attraction for hunting, fishing and other outdoor tourism makes it a prime market for a rapidly expanding outdoor retail chain despite the state’s low population. Cabela’s, based …


Glacier Peak Wilderness hikers find nature untamed near hidden volcano

Holly Weiler was blunt in the Spokane Mountaineers calendar item about the August trip she was leading through the Glacier Peak Wilderness: “We’re hiking a loop –Trinity Trailhead (near Lake …


Glacier Peak Wilderness hikers find nature untamed near hidden volcano

Holly Weiler was blunt in the Spokane Mountaineers calendar item about the August trip she was leading through the Glacier Peak Wilderness: “We’re hiking a loop –Trinity Trailhead (near Lake …


Morning Review: Guns in schools, quarterbacks and campfire cuisine

Check out our guide to today’s top Spokesman-Review stories.


Olympic national park celebrates diamond ‘in the rough’ anniversary

Olympic National Park is distinguished by its diversity. A visitor to the jewel of the Olympic Peninsula can walk alone on a remote ocean beach. A short drive away, the …


Mount Spokane trail plan to accommodate downhill cycling

New efforts to accommodate mountain biking are included in a Mount Spokane State Park revised trails plan recently released for public comment. The plan identifies 76 miles of multi-use trails …


Budget cuts leave recreation areas relying on outside help

Recreation budgets are shrinking so fast, federal agencies are struggling to provide basic services such as garbage removal, road maintenance and trail clearing on popular public lands in the Inland …


Landers: Private cabins don’t serve public interest

The ongoing flap over private “vacation” cabins transformed into permanent trophy homes along the shores of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is another reason to pause and reassess the …


Landers: Private cabins don’t serve public interest

The ongoing flap over private “vacation” cabins transformed into permanent trophy homes along the shores of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is another reason to pause and reassess the …


Wenaha River offers rewards for muscle-powered adventurers

Despite the prevalence of black bears, poison ivy and rattlesnakes, the Wenaha River is among the most accommodating backcountry muscle-power destinations in the Northwest. Looking for an overnight wilderness destination …


State Parks centennial celebration Saturday at Riverside Park

Riverside State Park has been tapped for one of two signature events celebrating the 100-year history of the Washington State Parks system. On Saturday, the Bowl and Pitcher area will …


Berg turns camps into comfy quarters for military, others

They say there’s no place like home, sweet home. But for people whose jobs take them to remote, often hostile environments, the next best thing to home may be a …


Gear Junkie: Knives and multitools you can pack on an airplane

In a dramatic policy change, the Federal Aviation Administration is still planning to allow small knives on commercial airplanes. Starting in late April, airline passengers can carry pocketknives with small …


San Juan Islands high on everyone’s list, including Obama’s

Washington’s San Juan Islands are among the hottest items in the world of recreational travel this year. In recent months, standouts among the 28 islands and some 400 more rocks …


Gear Junkie: LuminAID provides portable light source

It looks like a pillow with a cell phone glued on the side. Closer up, you see a solar panel and a tiny red light. Odd products come across my …


Gear Junkie: It’s the sleeping bag of the future

Time for bed. It’s below-zero outside, and you’re camping out under the stars. A to-be-released sleeping bag from Nemo Equipment is made for snoozing through some of the coldest nights …


Plan ahead or be left behind on adventures

Procrastinators lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through certain prized wilderness areas. …


RVs kick off outdoor show season

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is under way, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Often they also learn sporting …


Ten picks worth celebrating

Ten years ago, I penned the very first “Gear Junkie” column, covering a small camp stove from MSR. Fast forward a decade and you can guess I have tested my …


Some families went extra mile on summer vacations

They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …


Kilimanjaro quality time: Slaters

Keith Slater celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Rainier. That was 20 years ago. He raised the bar by 5,000 feet for his 60th, and celebrated the summit feeling …