Month: October 2018

Photo of Peter Hawkins running along the South Hill Bluff.

Varsity Seven: New Book By Runner Peter Hawkins Shines Spotlight on Spokane Cross-Country Lore

Dynasties in any sport come and go, but the Hawkins family holds a special place in Spokane high school running lore. The family’s journey is chronicled in Peter Hawkins book, Varsity Seven, and it shines a spotlight on the magic of high school cross-country in Spokane. Hawkins writes, “Since 1979, Spokane has sent male or …

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3rd Annual Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo (Feb 23-24, 2019)

This two-day event is a celebration of the incredible outdoor recreation and travel opportunities here in the Inland Northwest. Held at the Spokane Convention Center February 23-24, 2019, the event will feature plenty of kids and family activities, including a climbing wall, games, Strider bike demos, marshmallow roasting and gear testing in the REI Campground …

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“Reel Rock 13” film in Spokane November 4

Thanks to our local Bower Climbing Coalition (BCC), the iconic climbing film “Reel Rock 13” will be showing in Spokane on Sunday, November 4th (7:00 p.m. at the Washington Cracker Building; tickets here). “Reel Rock 13″—sponsored by Yeti, Black Diamond, The North Face, and others—is currently on tour around the world.  It includes some of the …

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Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Accelerating Spokane’s Cycling Future with Protected “Cycle Tracks”

In a recent comprehensive ranking of the best cities in the U.S. for riding a bicycle, peopleforbikes.org placed Spokane at the bottom of page 8. Its rating was of 1.6 out of 5, in the seemingly unsavory company of such underachieving cycling cities as Reno, Nevada; Casper, Wyoming; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The categories for …

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Photo of Lower Blossom lake with snow covered mountains in the background.

Hike of the Month: Blossom Lake (Lolo National Forest, Montana)

Blossom Lakes trail receives the majority of its hiker and backpacker attention in the summer months, but those seeking a little solitude on the Idaho/Montana Divide will be well-served to wait until fall. The crowds, as well as the mosquitoes, will be long-gone, and the forested trail to the lake is at its best when …

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Photo courtesy of Warren Miller Entertainment.

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter (Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane October 27)

Warren Miller’s 69th annual winter sports action film “Face of Winter” presented by Volkswagen celebrates the late, great Warren Miller who built his legacy capturing the essence of winter magic, and today that legacy launches the start of the ski and snowboard season for many snow sliders every year. This year, new and veteran athletes …

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Photo of OTO publishers, Shallan & Derrick Knowles with family posing in front of Big White sign.

Out There Ski/Snowboard Trip to Big White Ski Resort, BC

Out There Outdoors is hosting an early-season ski and snowboard trip to Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia, (4.5 hours north of Spokane) December 14-16. Slopeside lodging and lift tickets for two people start at $135 USD per night and you can extend your stay for several days on either end of those …

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Photo of bike rider on e-bike.

New Washington State E-Bike Policy

Just as electric-assist bikes became more widely available through bike-sharing companies, the Washington State Legislature passed SB 6434, establishing a legal framework consistent with national standards that gives the electric-assist bike (e-bike) industry greater confidence that e-bikes belong on paths and trails. However, electric-assist mountain bikes face additional challenges. By default, all single-track trails are …

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