Month: January 2020

Fat Girls Hiking

Body Positive Hiking Community By Amanda V. Mead When Summer Michaud-Skog began hiking with her girlfriend in the Oregon wilderness in 2015, she couldn’t help but notice the stares of passersby. Skog knew they didn’t look like the stereotypical hikers seen in outdoor magazines, athletic campaigns, and gear catalogues—she was covered in tattoos, her girlfriend …

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Whitefish, Montana, Winter Wonderland

Come January, winter stoke is soaring—but so is the treacherousness of mountain passes and the increase of carbon footprints as winter sports enthusiasts chase fun-hog status. Fortunately, Amtrak’s Empire Builder offers daily service to Whitefish, Mont. from Seattle, Wenatchee, Spokane, and Sandpoint. Board the train in the afternoon or late evening and wake up in …

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

State of Recreation

By Jon Snyder The Spokane area was the center of the outdoor education universe not once, but twice in the last year—first for the National Association of Environmental Educators Conference and then in October for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education conference. Both were chances for the entire country to see how we do outdoor …

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Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial stretch therapy (FST) is starting to take off. But there are many who have never heard of FST—let alone fascia. So let’s start there. Fascia, explains Spokane-based fascial stretch therapist Kimberly Sheridan, “is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and organs—it’s the connective tissue around everything.” Picture fascia kind of like …

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