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UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

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 …


Role of social media in mountaineering mishaps growing

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 9:01 a.m.

Spokane mountaineer John Roskelley honored with membership in American Alpine Club alongside Alex Honnold, Margo Hayes and Sally Jewell

Spokane mountaineer, and former county commissioner, John Roskelley received another prestigious climbing award, Thursday.


Running twins race to the mountains after learning basics from Spokane Mountaineers

It started with a failure, a bit of boredom and some mountaineering skills.


Spokane’s Chris Kopczynski offers perspective on climber Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey, the pioneering climber who died Oct. 30 at age 94, inspired Spokane mountaineer Chris Kopczynski and some of the biggest names in climbing. Asked for a perspective on …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Ellensburg cops climb Washington five highest volcanoes – in five days

When the dust settled from their flurry of climbing and driving, including an initial 36-hour run with no sleep, two law enforcement officers from Ellensburg had scaled Washington’s five tallest …


In brief: Roskelley’s in Sandpoint to detail Huntington first ascent

Climbers Jess Roskelley of Spokane and Clint Helander of Alaska will detail their spring 2017 first ascent of the complete south ridge of Alaska’s Mount Huntington in a multimedia program …


Ammi Midstokke: Training for successful failures

In my line of work, I am consistently reminding people that we don’t fail or succeed. We don’t suddenly arrive at the end game and never crave a Twinkie again.


3-peak weekend: Climbers bag St. Helens, Adams, Hood in one trip

In the span of the Memorial Day weekend, Jason Keen became a veteran of scaling Cascades lava-belchers and snowboarding down their icy slopes. A few days earlier, he’d never climbed …


Climbing duo completes five-day first ascent of Mount Huntington’s south ridge

Jess Roskelley describes a recent five-day first ascent of a gnarly south ridge route to the summit of Alaska’s Mount Huntington as a race for his life. “It’s the commitment …


Snow caving practice hones winter survival skills

A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs last weekend and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and the right attitude for their first time winter camping in snow caves.


Field reports: UI students design new snowmobile hut

WINTERSPORTS – Snowmobilers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts have a new place to warm up in the mountains north of Sandpoint. Two dozen students from the University of Idaho’s College …


Tale of harrowing rescue on Denali unheralded for 35 years

In the spring of 1980, climbers Mike Helms and Bob Kandiko came upon two other climbers in peril near the summit of Alaska’s 20,310-foot Denali. Over the next several days, …


Women take lead in Banff Mountain Film Festival

Women caught the eye of show goers this month at the 40th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival as they took leading roles on climbs, sea kayak tours and other film-making …


Trophy hunters prized Denali; led national park campaign

The Alaska mountain formerly known as McKinley has a less-than-thoughtful naming history that President Barack Obama cleared up this week. What didn’t come up in the trailing deluge of Alaska …


Hot weather impacting climbing on Mount Rainier

Washingtonians without air conditioning aren’t the only ones suffering from record-setting temperatures this summer. The glacier-covered faces of Mount Rainier are melting faster than usual this year, creating conditions on …


Scenic route not for everyone

A route up the north side of Mount St. Helens to a dramatic view of the crater will remain open only to people who pay $195 for a guided trip. …


Local climbers beat odds on McKinley

If mountaineering were baseball, climbers on North America’s tallest mountain would have been batting .016 for the first half of the season. The average, by the end of a typical …


Top of the world: Spokane Mountaineers club prepares climbers to reach for the sky

It would be easy to overlook the achievement of the Spokane Mountaineers marching 43 climbers to the icy 11,453-foot summit of Mount Athabasca in the Canadian Rockies last weekend. As …


Spokane adventurers safe in Nepal after earthquake

Two well-known Spokane adventurers in Nepal reported Monday they are unharmed as earthquakes continued to rumble and cause widespread havoc and death in the Himalayan country. Jess Roskelley, who’s on …


Out & About: Annapurna a reality for Jess Roskelley

OUTCLIMB – Jess Roskelley of Spokane departed for Nepal this week with climbing partner Benjamin Erdmann and a film crew to attempt an ascent of the world’s 10th-highest peak. Roskelley, …


Whittaker legend lives on 50 years after Kennedy climb

On Tuesday, Bobby Whittaker, 48, was driving from his Seattle home for a morning workout on Mount Si when he answered the phone. “It’s a 4-mile grunt with 3,150 feet …


Rich Landers: Clif Bar decision shows personal nature of assessing risk

The risk in cutting-edge outdoor pursuits is in the spotlight this month because of a bold decision by an energy food company. Clif Bar dropped sponsorship of rock-climbing sensation Alex …


Summer outdoor bucket list: must-dos in the Inland Northwest

School’s out and summer has officially arrived this weekend. It’s time to work on your Inland Northwest must-do list. The S-R Outdoors Department has compiled 15 summer activities essential to …


Landers: Senior climbers help make history

Two Spokane Mountaineers have lofty senior status for their role in taking a couple of upstart climbers under their wings 50 years ago and launching them toward the top of …


Roskelley to receive lifetime award

John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in …


Roskelley to receive lifetime award

John Roskelley of Spokane, one of the world’s premier mountaineers in the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Piolet d’Or in Chamonix, France, in …


Dawes Eddy: Going for age record

In 2009, Dawes Eddy of Spokane became the oldest American to climb Mount Everest, a title he held for just two days before it was claimed by a year-older Californian, …


Roskelley learns to zero in on slim window for climb

Ten years ago, a 20-year-old Jess Roskelley had all sorts of modern technology at his fingertips when he seized a moment of fame as the youngest American to climb Mount …