Month: January 2015

Sherry LaVigne making turns. Photo courtesy of Sherry LaVigne

Why I Ski: Sherry LaVigne and 49 Degrees North

Satisfying a crazy-nut skier woman requires excitement and thousands of acres of wild terrain. Sherry LaVigne, skier and belle femme, has maintained her long-term relationship with the Chewelah Peak area in Northeast Washington over the decades. Die-hard skiers first traversed Chewelah Washington’s Flowery Trail to build a legacy of skiing fun in the 1930s. LaVigne’s …

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Escape the snow for some sunny singletrack. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Winter Riding in the Tri-Cities: Sun, Sagebrush, and Singletrack

From its proximity to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and its residents’ top-secret involvement in the Manhattan Project to its otherwise quiet reputation as Washington’s agricultural heartland, the Tri-Cities are used to being off the radar. But Kennewick, Richland and Pasco have quietly begun to develop a reputation as an outdoor recreation destination amidst one of …

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Backcountry Film Festival Features Human-Powered Winter Sports (Thursday, January 29)

The Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary with nine unique films to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Set for Thursday, January 29 at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, doors open at 6 p.m. and films get started at 7. Tickets are available in advance at Mountain …

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George Hughbanks looking over his options before setting a route. Photo: Brad Myers

Every Winter, Climbers Flock to Indoor Gyms–But Who Puts Up All Those New Routes?

Just as a grizzly bear finds a dry den to wait out winter, the same can be said for our local climbing community. With the onset of foul weather, many Spokane area climbers seek refuge at Wild Walls. And so I wondered, with an influx in demand, who sets all those flashy new routes week …

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