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4 ways to explore St. Helens

Thirty years after its explosive eruption, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a world-class destination for visitors interested in nature, geology outdoors recreation and things that go Boom! Following …


Pack, wallet lighter with nifty new Nano

It won’t be in stores until this summer, but at $199, the Nano Puff Hoody from Patagonia is worth putting on your gear radar right now. I have been wearing …


Field reports: First elk hunt set at Turnbull

HUNTING – For the first time, big-game hunting is scheduled to occur on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall. Hunters can apply for one bull elk permit and 48 antlerless …


Well-meaning guy puts the ‘pro’ in procrastination

Play the lottery or go outdoors unprepared: Either way, you’re bucking the odds. I’ll admit that fishing Rock Lake became a little less adventurous since my buddy, Dick Rivers, finally …


Special fishing report coming Thursday

OUTLOOK – Fishing 2010, The Spokesman-Review’s annual update on fishing prospects, rules and opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest, will be inserted in the Thursday paper. The tabloid includes a map …


Winchester Wasteway a hot spot for spring paddling

Camped on a sand dune, our paddling group was rousted by a haunting chorus of coyotes just outside the tent. I was thrilled to be lured out under the sprawl …


Rent a classic

One man’s affection for classic Volkswagen vans is spinning into a unique camping experience people can rent. “Any wide spot on the road is a potential camp site,” said Scott …


If young adults let you tag along, go

I’ve always advised my two daughters to take advantage of opportunities. Now I’m practicing what I preach, shadowing them occasionally as they open doors in their ever-more-independent lives.


Patagonia delivers stunning family hiking adventure

While scrambling up a razorback moraine near the iconic granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, a gust of wind broadsided me with the force of a charging bull. …


St. Michael’s student wins High School Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Christine Koneazny, a senior at St. Michael’s Academy, has been judged the best of 191 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2009 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school …


Fall hunting camps call for Dutch oven cooking

Aside from a coffee pot, good eating in hunting camp demands only one thing: a Dutch oven. I got my first taste of this art form at a New Mexico …


Instant brew ruins perks of good tales

Tuesday might steep in infamy as the day the tradition of camp coffee died. Starbucks, after nearly 20 years of research, has debuted a decent-tasting instant cuppa joe.


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Stiff penalties await campers violating airline stove rules

A Svea 123 white-gas camp stove had been Bob Madsen’s trusty companion through decades of traveling to backpacking destinations by land and air. The relationship changed dramatically a few years …


Necessity ignites hiker’s fascination with alcohol stoves

Mark Stambaugh’s wife peeks into the garage, smiles, and says, “Nothing captures a boy’s attention like playing with fire.” Then she closes the door and leaves her husband to answer …


Landers: ‘What if’ only hurts inside

Surviving an outdoor incident doesn’t spare you from suffering through the “what if” stage. I know this firsthand even though my outdoor pursuits around the world, in and out of …


Cure for cabin fever

A surefire fun way to introduce a youngster to the outdoors is spending a night under the stars at an Idaho state park. Or how about spending the night under …


Cutbacks curtail campsite comforts

OLYMPIA – You’re still welcome to hike, picnic and camp at dozens of Department of Natural Resources sites across the state. But brace yourself for a primitive experience. The road …


Rich Landers: Volunteers critical for public lands

I took my eye off Olympia to chase the tail end of the salmon fly hatches in Idaho and Montana intermittently during the past two weeks, and returned to the …


Sleep on this tent review

Swooping nylon and linked poles, zippered doors, screened windows and stakes in the dirt holding it down – the humble formula for a tent has long prevailed as an ultimate …


Series highlights camping with kids

A big prize is waiting for families who explore camping and hiking with the kids this summer. The tents, sleeping bags and trip to Glacier National Park, complete with fuel …


Field test finds tent’s pros, cons

There is a soft place in my heart for REI tents. As a developing backpacker in the early ’90s, I bought an REI tent on sale for about $150 and …


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Free campsites for helping out at Idaho State Parks

This is the deal. Spend a month or a summer in the woods of North Idaho and enjoy a campsite for free.


Pitch a tent at Liberty Lake park

The Inland Northwest is full of prime campsites worthy of a long drive. But when time is short and conserving gas a goal, there’s a surprisingly quiet, wooded alternative that …


Dangerous wire burning becoming more prevalent

BOISE – If you see piles of what look like long, ashy jumbles of rope in the fire ring at your next campsite, beware. State and federal land management and …


Camping with kids: Landers notes differences between boys and girls

Camping with boys is the same as camping with girls in a global sense. But there’s a world of difference in the details. Outdoors editor Rich Landers, father of daughters, …


Campers Can Reserve By Phone

Instead of driving in circles looking for a vacant campsite, car campers will soon be able to reserve a site over the telephone. A new computerized phone-in reservation system for …


Columbia Chronicles For Lake Campsite, Get There Early

By all means, bring your RV and your boat. Load up the kids and the fishing gear and head for Lake Roosevelt for the weekend. Just don’t show up Saturday …