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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Spokane high school student pinned by falling tree in North Idaho; prepared classmates carry the day

The boys kicked the 90-foot tall, dead tree, tempting the widow-maker with each stomp, caught in the exuberance of outdoor adventure.


Eli Francovich: Grizzly bear near Silverwood inspired fear, but wild animals ought to be afraid

The young grizzly bear raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep in North Idaho this week inspired plenty of awe for those watching the bear’s antics. And the bear inspired a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018

This owl had an extraordinary survival story after a very bad day

Among the few things that can take down a great horned owl are vehicles, which smack birds in the wrong place at the wrong time with a few tons of …


Syria’s tiny Assyrian community celebrates its survival

It is the Assyrian New Year, or Akitu. And the start of year 6768, by their calendar, coincided this time with Easter, a rare occasion that gave the small and …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017

TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater

Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Spokane family escapes Eagle Creek fire, ‘will never again be unprepared for a hike’

A Spokane family heard the bang about 4 p.m. that transformed their refreshing Saturday hike past waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area into a chilling overnight ordeal.


Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, …


Search and rescue volunteers make commitment to community

It’s not enough that a search and rescue (SAR) team knows how to look for people in the wild. The team members also must be able to look out for …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Rule of nature outweighs emotional reaction

Across from my cabin in Stevens County this past weekend, I spotted a bedded deer. The find sparked a two-day drama that included my greatest hopes, starkest fears and the …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Safety precautions can help solo hunters survive

Solo hunters have garnered headlines because of untimely deaths and injuries this fall in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.


Newest Opinel knife designed for survival

Opinel made its first knife in 1890, and since that date the French company has produced untold millions of its iconic wood-handle blades. This year, the classic look gives ways …


Spokane’s Hazen Audel goes wild hosting ‘Primal Survivor’ TV series

Hazen Audel is returning to the National Geographic Channel this week with a new nine-episode globetrotting series called Primal Survivor.


Search and Rescue teams learn winter survival basics from Air Force pros

The winter survival clinic conjured up visions from Jack London’s classic short story, To Build a Fire, as students labored to create life-saving warmth near the damp, snowy shores of …


‘Saved by Pedro’: Rescued climber ready to give back, joins Search and Rescue team

After being rescued from a climbing accident at Chimney Rock and recovering from the injuries, Ammi Midstokke has joined the ranks of the volunteers who saved her. “I get to …


10 tips for building a fire in wet conditions

Following are 10 sure-fire steps to building a fire in wet conditions: 1 Select a site out of the wind, away from snow-loaded tree limbs, that suits your purpose, whether …


2014 Outdoors: spotlight

Local teacher a survivor Former Ferris High School science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world …


Spokane’s Hazen Audel taps skills of indigenous people for Survive the Tribe TV series

Spiders and snakes were more inspiring than school to Hazen Audel as he grew up in Spokane. “My high school teachers would never have bet that I’d become a science …


Out & About: Groups revive monthly programs

OUTTEACH – After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Bicycling Trans-Washington, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, …


Live large this winter

Although winter weather arrived early this year, the season officially begins on Saturday. So what are you going to do about it? You could join the masses that cower inside …


Woman ate tomatoes, snow while stranded in Sierra

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A family member says a Nevada woman ate snow and tomatoes for nearly a week and found shelter in a hollowed-out tree after she became stranded …


When on the SPOT, device did its job

It seems wrong to say that Montana elk hunter John Chepulis was lucky. Last week he was lying in a Bozeman hospital intensive care room hooked up to a ventilator …


Don’t forget basic items

Every hunter should carry basic survival items, even for short forays from camp or the vehicle. A classic case in point occurred a few years ago in North Idaho, when …


Skills to live by

Get out of harm’s way. Shelter yourself from the elements. Build a fire. Signal your location. These basic elements of backcountry survival are easier said than done. “You can’t just …


Rescuers would be hard to find without help from volunteers

Usually news reports mention them only in passing, something like this: “The injured hunter was found this morning by a search and rescue team after being reported missing last night …


Building a fire in wet conditions

Ten sure-fire steps to building a fire in conditions that many would consider hopeless.