Month: March 2015

Local Climber Jess Roskelley Scales Patagonia’s Cerro Torre

Cerro Torre is often labeled the most beautiful peak in the world, and it frequently draws the most devoted technical alpinists to its climbing challenges. The surrounding cluster of mountains is commonly known as Patagonia, but Cerro Torre is the unique granite needle that is a prized climbing accomplishment due to the terrain, weather and …

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Bombing the Beacon bunchgrass. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Recent Trail Building at Beacon Caters to Diverse Riding Abilities and Styles

If you haven’t ridden Simple Tools, Pop Rocks, or the Up Chuck re-route, you and your bike owe the Camp Sekani/Beacon Hill trail system a visit. And these newish xc trails are only a sampling of thoughtful, fun and flowy sections of singletrack that have been carved out of the earth by Evergreen East mountain …

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A variety of songbirds use the shoreline grasses and reeds of area wetlands to hunt insects and keep an eye on predators. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Spring Wildlife Hikes

Like some people, wildlife get winter-weary too. Fortunately there are plenty of opportunities for both to bask in the warming temperatures of early spring. A transition zone between the Cascades and Rocky Mountains, eastern Washington’s low-elevation wetlands, rivers and forests provide the perfect habitat for a rich array of plant and animal life, including some …

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Leaf, Root, Fungi, Fruit: That Weed in Your Yard (Gobo, aka Burdock) is Tasty

Eat it for the name alone. Known in English as Burdock, this common weed, like much of what proliferates outdoors, is not an original part of our landscape, arriving with British settlers hundreds of years ago. In my youth gobo was a favorite food. It came marinated with sesame seeds on small side plates at …

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Record Contingent of Local Nordic Racers to Represent at 2015 Junior Nationals

Spokane Nordic will be sending the largest number of teen racers ever to the 2015 USSA Cross-Country Ski Junior National Championships in March. Ian McCarthy, Brett Ford, Daniel Korus, Andrew Potyk and Lauren Potyk are the five teens from Spokane who qualified for the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Junior National team. The announcement of the …

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Hike of the Month: Old Kettle Falls, Lake Roosevelt (Kettle Falls, Wash.)

Since I still want to believe that winter will return and there will be too much snow to access the high country, I am recommending a nice walk on the beach for March. Spring is truly the best time to visit the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area for hikers. The boating crowd isn’t likely to …

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Wilderness Loving Hunters and Anglers National Rendezvous Comes to Spokane

Many people who pursue creatures of fur, feather and fin are eagerly anticipating the fourth annual Rendezvous of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Scheduled for March 6-8 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane, the event promises a range of social gatherings, how-to sessions and thought-provoking speakers. Oh, and gallons of brewed …

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