Month: August 2016

Four Local Long-Distance Hikers and Their Unique Experiences on National Scenic Trails

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking on one of North America’s long-distance hiking trails, one of the best things you can do to prepare is learn from others who have walked before you. These four Inland Northwest-based hikers offer a glimpse of life out on the trail that may inspire you to hit the trail …

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Getting Cardio When the Air Quality is Bad

Those midsummer blood-red sunsets in Spokane carry bittersweet beauty — they’re usually a sign of high levels of fine smoke or dust particles. During those times, and throughout the summer, experts recommend checking the air quality when planning an outdoor workout. Skipping workouts during the hot summer months isn’t the answer. Poor air quality can …

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Bunchberries

Finding and picking fruit is instinctively rewarding, even intoxicating. Like foraging for mushrooms or hunting for Easter eggs, collecting berries triggers our ancient endorphin dropper, which keeps dripping as you pluck the never-enough morsels from the plant. About 20 wild, edible berries are found in the Inland Northwest. Some are delicious such as thimbleberries. Many …

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Summertime Backcountry Gear: Avex Freeflow Auto-Sealing Water Bottle

Carry 34 ounces of water that will never spill or leak with this auto-sealing water bottle. Perfect for riding in your vehicle’s cup holder for quick on-the-road sips or tucking into a pack or stroller stash compartment, water starts to flow only after you push the release button and tip the bottle to drink. It …

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A Camera, a Pair of Running Shoes, and an Eye for the Unexpected

Woods Wheatcroft’s photography belongs in its own category. While he primarily shoots lifestyle pictures, his success at capturing an oddball moment remains unmatched, and it’s proven to be a great formula for this Sandpoint-based photographer. His work is frequently found in Northwest guidebooks, travel magazines, outdoor clothing catalogs, and recent covers of Out There Monthly. …

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