Month: March 2015

Hiking and Paddling the Hanford Reach National Monument

For paddlers and hikers with spring fever, the overlooked Hanford Reach National Monument presents unbelievably serene paddling and hiking opportunities in a climate that’s typically four weeks further along into spring than the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area in March. The monument offers more than 57,000 acres of land access to some of the Northwest’s most intact …

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Trail Running Film Fest at the Garland Theater (March 31)

The Trail Running Film Festival is a collection of the latest and greatest films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. This is the second year the film festival has visited Spokane, although the presenter, Rainshadow Running, has been hosting the best trail races in the Northwest for more …

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Urban Permaculture: Design Your Own Backyard Oasis

Bringing together intensive edible landscape design and natural ecosystem design, permaculture can create highly productive urban lots, large or small. Picture walking out your back door to kitchen gardens close to the house. You harvest herbs and greens then collect eggs from the coop nearby. You pick berries planted along the fence of the chicken …

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Big Weekend for the Local MTB Scene: Evergreen East Spring Kickoff Party & Hubapalooza (March 27-29)

Start your Hubapalooza race weekend with the Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance’s Spring Kickoff Party, a fundraiser on March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rocket Market on Spokane’s South Hill (726 E. 43rd). The event will offer a beer garden featuring local breweries such as Orlison, No-Li, 12 String, River City and Northern Ales. …

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Photo of the author by Derrick Knowles.

International Fly Fishing Film Festival—March 25, 2015

What’s better than hanging with friends, talking about fishing and watching very cool films all while supporting the Spokane River? On March 25 at the Bing, downtown Spokane, the 2015 International Fly Fishing Film Festival will feature short and feature-length films from all corners of the world that showcase the passion, lifestyle and culture of …

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Go where no snowboarder has gone before. Photo: Larry Banks

Split Personality: The Evolution of Backcountry Snowboarding

When I first started snowboarding almost 25 years ago, people asked, “What is this skiboarding thing you do?” I would spend time explaining how it wasn’t “ski” anything. It’s snowboarding, like skateboarding, but on snow. Now, the new snow sport today that has become what snowboarding was 25 years ago is splitboarding. The question I …

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Downdraft Brewing Opens Taproom in Post Falls

The project of two home-brewing couples, Downdraft Brewing Co. opened its doors November 1, 2014. Downdraft features a total of eight taps ranging from dark to light, including the Black Beryl Stout, Exit 5 Brown Ale, Anonymous Amber, Project Pale Ale, and their Seltice SMaSH IPA. The brewery plans to rotate different beers from experimental …

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