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Bitterroot bolting ban puts Spokane climbers on edge, spurs national backlash

A ban on the creation of new climbing routes in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest has put Spokane-area climbers on edge and spurred a nationwide backlash.


Mountain Gear will close Super Bowl Sunday

Spokane’s home-town adventure shop, Mountain Gear, will shutter Feb. 2.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Airway Heights-based climbing manufacturer Omega Pacific to close

Omega Pacific, a climbing gear manufacturer based in Airway Heights, will close in the near future.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Arlene Blum, a pioneer among female climbers, set to speak in Spokane

Arlene Blum has suffered and reaped the rewards.


2019: Outdoor achievements

From acts of endurance to committed volunteering, Spokane area recreationists, conservationists and adventures inspired in 2019.


2019: Transitions and passings

The biggest and saddest outdoor story from 2019 was the death of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley.


2019: The year outdoors

Another year spent outside, or at least longing to be out there. From the good to the bad to the weird (hot takes on the salmon cannon, anyone?) The Spokesman-Review’s …


2019: Top outdoor stories

The most-read outdoor stories of 2019 presented chronologically:


Off belay! Mountain Gear is closing after 37 years of outfitting outdoors adventurers

Mountain Gear, for decades the premier shop for technical outdoor gear, will shutter early next year, said owner and founder Paul Fish, 60.


Dry tooling, a subdiscipline of climbing, brings climbers to Lincoln Park in all weather

Metal scratching rock. It’s an unnerving feeling.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Rain, sleet or snow, Riverside State Park’s Jess Fest is Saturday

The inaugural Jess Fest will be held Saturday, bad weather and all.


Riverside State Park Rock climbing competition, party to honor Jess Roskelley, raise money for trailhead

Jess Roskelley, an elite alpine climber from Spokane who died in April, will be honored at the inaugural JessFest Climbing Competition.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Boise-area resident first woman to reach the highest point in each of Idaho’s 44 counties

Terri Rowe can’t quite remember what was written on the Wolf Fang Peak register that first sparked her interest in highpointing, but nine years and more than 140 summits later, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Eli Francovich: Wild journey to 30, finding balance through the extremes

As the sun set, the horizon softened by the departing colors of another day, I’m balanced on the summit of the 9,416-foot-tall Mount Stuart.


Ten Sleep rock climbing routes spark Wyoming dispute

A Wyoming rock climber’s installation of routes in a popular Bighorn Mountain canyon has the Forest Service concerned and the sport’s athletes divided.


Climbing coalition dedicating bathroom to Jess Roskelley

Spokane’s nonprofit climbing coalition announced that it is on track to build a toilet at the Deep Creek climbing area in Riverside State Park. The bathroom will be completed in …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019

Spokane’s Jess Roskelley, Scott Coldiron make long list for one of the world’s most prestigious climbing awards

Spokane climbers Scott Coldiron and the late Jess Roskelley have made the long list for one of the world’s most prestigious climbing awards.


Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties

Emily Burt knows the dollar value of sweaty and thirsty outdoor enthusiasts better than most. As the co-owner and founder of Republic Brewing, Burt is used to seeing trail weary …


Famed Indian climber nearly died on peak where team was lost

To Manmohan Singh Kohli, who led the first Indian team to the peak of Mount Everest, modern mountaineering bears little resemblance to the expeditions he headed decades ago.


Spokane alpinists avoid potential accident on Mount Rainier

On May 31, Nick Sweeney and Zack Turner, two Spokane alpine climbers, were attempting to climb Ptarmigan Ridge on Mount Rainier with Kyle Terry. The three were preparing for an …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Authorities working to rescue 4 Mount Rainier climbers

A rescue effort is underway for climbers who have been stranded on the north side of Mount Rainier in Washington state since Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Climber killed on Rainier

One climber was killed and two were injured by rock fall on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge route Wednesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Spokane Everest veterans reflect on spate of recent deaths

Like any elite athlete, when Jim States was at the height of his climbing career, he practiced incessantly. That’s part of the reason why States, who now lives in Shelton, …


Man joined ‘Seven Summits Club’ when he reached Everest’s peak, then died climbing down

It was the final climb on his quest to reach the highest summit on all seven continents. When Christopher Kulish finally reached Mount Everest’s 29,035-foot peak, he joined an elite …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

More than a decade after being hit by a drunken driver, Spokane climbing coach launches generations of young climbers from his wheelchair

On the night of July 27, 2007, Josh Jackman finished a shift at Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe, stopped briefly at Wild Walls – at the time Spokane’s only climbing gym – …


Still roped together: More than 700 show up at packed Jess Roskelley memorial

From Joyce Roskelley’s deck Mount Spokane is visible in the distance, slashes of lingering snow running like vertical veins.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Family, community to celebrate the vibrant life of Jess Roskelley at Friday memorial

The life, spirit and humor of Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley will be celebrated Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Gonzaga leadership alums save hikers stranded overnight on California’s Mount Whitney

At 4 a.m., Saksham Gakhar’s eyes were rolling in his head and violent shivers shook his 146-pound frame.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Bower Climbing Coalition, The Great PNW honoring alpinist Jess Roskelley

As the shock waves from renowned alpinist Jess Roskelley’s death continue to ripple outward, local organizations and businesses are honoring his life and supporting his family.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley missing and presumed killed by avalanche in Canadian Rockies; David Lama, Hansjorg Auer also presumed dead

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, 36, was attempting to climb a difficult route over the past two weeks on Howse Peak in Banff National Park with Austrian climbers David Lama and …