Month: May 2014

John Roskelley climbing on Mt. Index in the north Cascades in the summer of 1965. Photo: Chris Kopczynski

The Art of Risk: Roskelley Awarded the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

In the cool of evening on Saturday night, March 29,2014, six of us, all senior Spokane Mountaineers, left our hotel rooms for a 20-minute walk through the winding resort village of Courmayeur, Italy, to the Cinema Palanoir.  Cinema Palanoir is the main theater in the Aosta Valley and a beautiful architectural complement to the hanging …

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Runners crossing the Don Kardong Bridge one mile after starting the Negative Split Half Marathon. Photo: Hank Greer

You Just Ran Bloomsday—What’s Next? 14 Races to Keep Your Feet Moving All Summer Long

You trained hard over the past couple of months, and you’re sporting the latest Bloomsday finisher shirt. It’s early in the running season, so what’s next? The mud runs and color runs are extremely popular these days. If you’re not signed up by now, it may be too late. Not to worry. Our area hosts …

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Color study. Photo courtesy Moscow Brewing Co.

North Idaho Breweries: Tour them all from Coeur d’Alene to Moscow

The arrival of spring in the Inland Northwest brought with it a diverse collection of new and revamped local breweries in North Idaho. These craft beer options in the Coeur d’Alene and Moscow areas offer plenty of opportunities to hop on your bike or round up a designated driver and create your own brewery, outdoor …

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Middle Fork, Salmon River. Photo: Peter G. Williams

Wilderness Trip of a Lifetime on Idaho’s Salmon River: Kayaking and Rafting the Middle Fork

If there is heaven on earth, it can be found on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho. This 104-mile-long whitewater trip through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness has everything that makes the perfect trip: great whitewater, deep wilderness, pristine camping spots, and daily natural hot …

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Rafters keeping warm paddling the Snake River. Photo: Jared Cruce, courtesy of ROW Adventures

Big Water, Big Fun: Early Season Rafting on Inland NW Rivers

If you’re waiting for warmer temperatures or mellow river conditions to book a river trip, don’t. Floating lazily down the river on 80 degree days in sandals and board shorts is pretty nice, but waiting also means you’re missing out on some of the season’s biggest, thrilling whitewater. It’s a secret that’s kept many seasoned …

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Relationships outside of the immediate household experience strain as well. A straight-talking friend leveled with me: “Nobody is going to understand or sympathize when you don’t show up to an event because you had to ride your bike for five hours.

Training for a Triathlon: Living with (or putting up with!) an Ironman-in-Training

Editor’s note: This is part two in a series on training for triathlons. At the Coeur d’Alene Ironman a few years ago, I ran into a friend who was herding her family and friends, all clad in matching “My [dad/husband/son/friend] is an Ironman!” t-shirts, through the crowds of spectators. Perhaps I caught her in a …

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