Month: October 2018

Yellow and green trees at Iller Creek.

Local Color—Spokane, North Idaho, and Western Montana Fall Hikes

Autumn is so fleeting, and the opportunities for soaking up fall foliage so few, that it’s good to have a handful of quick-hit hiking ideas in your back pocket—and backyard. The five hikes below make for great after-work or foul-weather treks. Each showcases the diversity of fall color on display in the Inland Northwest, from …

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Outdoor Gear Review: Bridgedale’s Fusion Tech Hike & Ski Socks

Fusion makes for some killer eats in the culinary world, and when it comes to technical socks that are tough enough to take the abuse your outdoor adventuring inevitably throws at them, Bridgedale’s Fusion Technology sets its socks apart from other brands. Fusion Tech is the result of 25 years of sock design and manufacturing …

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Outdoor Gear Review: Midland X-TALKER Two-Way Radio

Incredibly useful for wide-ranging hunters, especially those who prefer wild gated backcountry or wilderness terrain, the X-TALKER T71 two-way radio is also a handy family communication tool while out camping or hiking. The radios also make for a fun tech-twist on traditional games of hide-and-seek out in the woods. With a wicked-long battery life (up …

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Outdoor Gear Review: Chaco Frontier Boot

Chaco is the well-known purveyor of some of the world’s hardiest, most versatile, and highly repairable sandals—proven mainstays of amphibious recreation. Boasting the same cushy footbed that makes those sandals a standard, their Frontier waterproof boots are equally adaptable to shoulder-season urban or forest forays where wet, cold feet might make you moody. Full-grain leather …

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Outdoor Gear Review: Mountain Equipment Frostline Jacket

Light, simple, and super-warm, this hooded down jacket with a windproof and water-resistant shell fabric is pure foul-weather genius. From final fall incursions into the high country, where nasty weather can and often does happen, to backcountry ski tours, snowshoe treks, or fat bike missions into a winter wonderland, you’ll want the Frostline jacket at …

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Lisa_Marie Perino and Alex Renner ride fat bikes on Mt. Spokane.

Favorite Fall Singletrack: North Idaho & Spokane Riders Top Trail Picks

Fall’s cooler temperatures and the colors of the changing season make it a great time to mountain bike. Here are several recommended trails for experiencing the seasonal glories of the Inland Northwest. Coeur d’Alene The Beauty Bay Loop near Coeur d’Alene leaves from near the Beauty Bay Campground. Trails 257 and 257C join the Carlin …

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