Month: March 2014

Winter’s Not Over Yet: Road Trip Through the Kootenay Vortex

Snowboard, check. Boots, check. Goggles, check. Passport, check. In mid-March, I loaded my rig and headed north from Spokane to Canada. After a few short hours through the Colville forest via Hwy 25, I crossed the border into BC. My main intention for the trek was to check out the 2nd Annual Rattlecat Cup at …

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The Evans Brothers: For the Love of Coffee (and the Great Outdoors)

Rick and Randy Evans pull into my driveway on a snowy Thursday afternoon, two dogs ejecting from their vehicles in unbridled enthusiasm for the great outdoors. “I brewed a fresh pot of coffee,” Rick says as he steps onto my front porch and sets down a thermos with a thud. I can tell it’s going …

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Hike of The Month: Steamboat Rock State Park (Banks Lake, North Central WA)

From the parking lot, follow the trail up a mild incline to a picnic area at .3 miles, and then turn right up the short, steep scree-covered path to Steamboat Rock. Once on top, a loop trail awaits, giving hikers a spectacular view in all directions. Hike it counter-clockwise to peer into Devil’s Punchbowl from …

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Skiing Uphill at Mt. Spokane Just Got Easier (and Safer)

Interest in uphill travel routes where skiers can skin or hike up resort mountains continues to climb at ski areas throughout North America. In the past, most uphill skiers at resorts were backcountry skiers looking for a workout or better snow conditions when avalanche risks or conditions were bad in the backcountry. That trend seems …

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SPRING FEVER: Tune Up Your Spring Ride: New Trails, Training Tips, and Events

Winding through stands of giant ponderosa pines while pebbles and mud scatter in your wake. Gliding over slick rocks as your bike responds to each element of the trail. Bombing aggressively through canyons as you navigate smooth, narrow singletrack. Sound familiar?  Yes folks, it’s that time of year again; time when we emerge from our …

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