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Ammi Midstokke: When hard mountains make soft spirits

There is nothing quite as soul purifying as the uninterrupted vastness of nature, or the simple sounds of birds and bees toiling about their morning. Even the occasional flapping of …


Ammi Midstokke: Mountain medicine for the soul

They say that we cannot rush our healing, but I am pretty sure “they” just don’t hike enough.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Selfie inflicted damage? Social media’s growing role in mountaineering mishaps

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: Wed., May 9, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley named second-most adventurous person in the world

Spokane alpinist Jess Roskelley was named the second-most adventurous person in the world by Men’s Journal, Tuesday.


Sneva skis a blend of quality craftsmanship, personal care

In his 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell coined his famous “10,000 Hour Rule.” He claimed the key to developing world-class skill is 10,000 hours of practice. …


La Niña conditions could bring a bountiful skiing, riding season

Chances are you will wake up to about an inch of snow on the lawn Saturday morning. Mount Spokane could have as much as a foot or more by then. …


On last day of summer, snow falling in the Sierra Nevada

Snow fell in the Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer, giving the towering mountain range shared by California and Nevada a wintry look in September and making travel …


Mount Spokane: Backyard playground for Spokane families

Mount Spokane is not a world-class peak, a 14er or one of the Seven Summits. It’s not even the highest mountain in Eastern Washington. But it serves a monumental role …


Weathercatch: Saucer-like clouds can hover over summits for hours

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis, meaning lentil-shaped in Latin) mostly develop among the crests and valleys of mountainous terrain. They are associated with waves in the atmosphere that form when moist …


Parents say fallen hiker loved mountains, life

Qi He, of central China, who died glissading in Aasgard Pass, was remembered for his love of the mountains. His parents chose to have him buried Saturday in Leavenworth’s Mountain …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2015, 8:17 p.m.

Nepal quake: 1,865 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams …


More bodies spotted on Nepal trekking trail

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of …


Avalanche sweeps Everest; 4-5 believed buried

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About five climbers are feared buried by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday and hit a route used to assent the …


Boulder smashes French Alps tourist train; 2 dead

PARIS (AP) — An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two …


Cascade Mountains, Washington

Two Yakima men reached the peak of their adventure on the 14,410-foot summit of Mount Rainier at 6 a.m. on Aug. 21. A full moon was sitting just above the …


VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring …


Clear sky aids mountain hunt for fugitive ex-cop

Searchers took advantage today of a break from recent stormy weather in their hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings, patrolling a mountain resort town …


High winds, mountain snows hits Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) — The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in …


Grizzly managers look toward bear hunts in Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trophy grizzly bear hunts are under consideration for the Northern Rockies in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of federal protection for the …


Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government …


Appalachian Trail hiker trapped by snow is rescued

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A man trying to hike the entire 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail was rescued Friday after calling 911 to say he didn’t think he’d be …


Asian energy boom threatens Montana ranches

ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) — The big mining companies first came knocking on Ellen Pfister’s door in the 1970s, ready to tap the huge coal deposits beneath her family’s eastern Montana …


Park Service defends refusal to use wolves

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday …


Parks Service defends refusal to use wolves

DENVER (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before …


Dry Northwest burns as fire season in West extends

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A haze of thick smoke formed Tuesday over vast swaths of the West as wildfires forced more residents to flee their homes in several states. Fire …


Field reports: Study shows Mount Adams glaciers shrinking faster

CLIMATE CHANGE – Portland State University researchers say the 12 glaciers on 12,276-foot Mount Adams have shrunk by nearly half since 1904 and are receding faster than those of nearby …


Roundup: High hopes on the slopes

What’s new or hot at the region’s ski and snowboard resorts.


Snow at ski resorts despite milder temps at lower levels

Despite the mild and wet conditions at the lower elevations of the Inland Northwest, area ski resorts are reporting new accumulations of snow, and more is expected through the holiday …