Month: September 2014

Flying through fields of wildflowers. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Bike Helena: Montana’s Mountain Biking Capital

One-hundred fifty years ago, get-rich-quick schemers struck gold in what is now Helena in southwest Montana. More recently, the dry, fir-adorned foothills flanking Montana’s capital have produced riches for mountain bikers. Tucked in a “banana belt” on the dry east slope of the Continental Divide, about a five hour drive from Spokane, Helena sees a …

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Dylan Pollard reaches the top of the run. Photo: Hank Greer

It’s Cyclocross Time—Join the Party as a Rider or Spectator

After an active season of road cycling or mountain biking, it’s time to start thinking about shifting gears and getting ready for the cyclocross season. What is cyclocross?  Cross is a fall and winter cycling sport originally designed for the “off season” to help maintain fitness, improve skills and spice things up throughout the fall …

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North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River: An angler's paradise. Photo: David Uhlenkott

A Small Slice of Fly Fishing Heaven—The North Fork of the CDA River

The North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River – a western, freestone masterpiece – is what fishy dreams are made of: crystal clear waters, old growth forests, mountains for miles, and, of course, a healthy population of brilliantly colored, native westslope cutthroat trout. Located just east of Spokane, the North Fork’s emerald waters originate deep …

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