Month: September 2015

With the Summer Heat Long Gone, Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Climb

The temperature was in the upper 60s and blue skies were pushing the gray northward. It was the perfect day to climb, and I found myself at the Garden Wall in Q’Emlin Park counting bolts and attaching draws to my harness. While it wasn’t my first time leading a climb, it was my first time …

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Free Trees — Spokane Residential Tree Program to Give Away 1,000 Trees

The City of Spokane Residential Tree Program is once again giving away free trees to residents this fall. The program aims to give away a total of 2,000 free trees to Spokane City residents in 2015. The first 1,000 trees were distributed last April and the last 1,000 trees will be distributed this October. The …

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Fall Brings Wild Times without the Crowds in Yellowstone

In his essay “Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes “Nature never wears a mean appearance.”  Nowhere is this truer than in Yellowstone National Park, which is why it attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. Those who visit in the fall will find September crowds roughly half those of July, with October crowds one-eighth of July’s …

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Surf City Montana: Give River Surfing a Try in Downtown Missoula

2,000 cubic feet of water rushed and roiled past Drae Howell every second as he stood, poised with surfboard in hand, ready to jump into the fast current of the Clark Fork River. He leaps as he throws down his surfboard, planing across the wave in a graceful arc over the chaos of the wave. …

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Western Montana Road Trip: Art, Nature, Hot Springs and Adventure

Take a weekend to “re-boot” your life on a road trip through western Montana and the towns of Hot Springs and Arlee, both on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discover art, nature, and hot springs across glorious landscapes and different cultures and enjoy some serious, world-class soaks. Hot Springs and Arlee are accessible from Montana State …

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Out of Bounds: What Happens When Some Dirt-Loving People with Shovels Find Untapped Terrain

Ken rolls across the parking lot in full armor. He looks like some kind of garage sale version of a super hero, covered in dust and grit. He pulls his helmet off to reveal a childlike grin and accompanying excitement. “Which trails did you ride?” he asks as we look over the newly released maps …

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