Month: September 2017

Photo courtesy of The Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym.

USA Climbing Competition at Bloc Yard (September 30)

For the first time ever, USA Climbing will be holding a bouldering competition at The Bloc Yard bouldering gym on September 30. USA Climbing is the national governing body of competition climbing, and thus this competition is a big deal for local climbers. As Brett Jessen, manager of The Bloc Yard, points out, holding the …

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Photo by Hank Greer.

Oregon Outback

I really enjoy the quiet and isolation of bike packing through the countryside. The Oregon Outback Route offers a lot of that. Connecting Klamath Falls with the confluence of the Deschutes and Columbia rivers, the Outback route follows rail trail, gravel roads, forest service roads, and some pavement through very lightly populated terrain. The sparse …

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Photo of Moscow Mountain by Paul Chisholm.

Moscow Mountain: The Making of a Mountain Bike Mecca

If you’ve ever been to Moscow, Idaho, you’ve seen it. And if you’ve lived there, you’ve probably been on it. Moscow Mountain—a long, 5,000-foot-high ridge rising from a sea of rolling hills—dominates the Palouse skyline. During the summer, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians enjoy over 70 miles of trail on the mountain’s flanks. In the …

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Cycling in Tri-Cities, Washington

Tri-Cities, Washington, is an outdoor recreational paradise thanks to the region’s more than 300 days of sunshine and endless open spaces. The Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers that wind through the community offer opportunities for water skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, boating and more. Land explorers meander through Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve and Chamna Natural Preserve …

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Photo by Summer Hess.

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature for a Better Future

Janine Benyus wanted to capture how processes in the natural world had inspired sustainable solutions to complicated design challenges, so she authored the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature in 1997. Twenty years later, biomimicry is a key strategy in disrupting the status quo and inspiring innovation across disciplines. Benyus’ website Ask Nature documents hundreds …

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Photo by Derrick Knowles.

Harold Balazs and The Art of Nature

Harold Balazs has worked in Spokane for 70 years, creating whimsical, intriguing, and often confounding works of art. They range from large-scale public displays to private commissions in the form of giant doors, tiny address numbers, enamel murals, scores of liturgical art for area churches, plus the more traditional jewelry, watercolors, and enamels. It’s safe …

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