Month: August 2014

Hike of the Month: Crowell Ridge (Salmo Priest Wilderness )

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a visit to the Salmo Priest Wilderness in the Colville National Forest. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended to access this hike, where the bumpy Forest Service road takes care of most of the climbing. From the trailhead (at 6,220 feet) set off across the open ridge …

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SUP, Kayak, or Canoe: Get Ready to Paddle the Spokane River Classic Aug. 23

Formerly the Spokane River Canoe Classic, this community paddling event has been reborn as the Spokane River Classic. Pick your watercraft and get ready to paddle the serene waters above downtown Spokane with your friends and family August 23. The Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club has partnered with the Spokane River Forum and others to …

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The author strolling through the wilds of Widow Mountain. Photo: Fred Rabe

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

On September 3, our nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It wasn’t a smooth or easy process to create and pass a “Wilderness Act.” We can boast that the Act was practically born in our own backyard. Driven by Idaho’s Senator Frank Church, it would have never made it through Congress (according …

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Stirring up a one pot meal. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Better Eating in the Backcountry

Getting bored with grilled hamburgers and s’mores every time you go camping? While there is nothing wrong with this traditional, all-American campsite meal, perhaps you’re ready for some different ideas. If you’re backpacking, it’s tempting to be satisfied with store-bought, freeze-dried meals or ramen noodles – simple, easy, little mess. Yet, you shouldn’t submit to …

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Nelson, BC Fat Tire Festival – Celebrating the Kootenay’s Love for Bikes

The Nelson Cycling Club’s annual Fat Tire Festival is held each year in memory of avid local cyclist Cam Alexander who lost his life tragically while doing what he loved: riding his bike. The local community loved and respected him so much that they decided to throw a party for bicycles in his honor. That …

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On Moose Ridge. Photo: Sherry Mundt

Hike, Bike, Run, or Ride Priest Lake Trails? Thank a Horse!

Summer days draw outdoor enthusiasts to the Priest Lake area in droves, but not everyone is content to merely linger by the lake. The nearby trail systems attract hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders who access the backcountry on a network of trails leading from the shoreline to the surrounding mountain tops. Winter storms and …

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Paddleboard yogis line up in a lunge. Photo: Shallan Knowles

River Yoga

“Push back into child’s pose,” our instructor says. Her soothing yoga voice engages us to soften muscles and minds as we settle our hips over our heels, arms extended out in front of us. “Let go of the day behind you,” she encourages. I had already let the day go as soon as we made …

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Classic Colville area riding. Photo: Jason Edwards

Skirts to Bike Shorts: Road Cycling Northeast Washington

As a female commuter cyclist, much of my riding is in town, in a skirt, avoiding flashing oncoming traffic. When afforded the time for longer rides, skirts are graciously thrown to the wind for bike shorts. The elemental nature of a roadie seeks the yellow brick road – a practical journey, embedded with spiritual components, …

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