Adventure Sports

Person rafting through class IV whitewater rapids on the Selway River. Inflatable blue raft, yellow oars, and woman wears a safety helmet and PFD.

Rafting Idaho and Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rivers

River permit demand exceeds supply for Idaho and Oregon’s most popular whitewater rivers. Learn about 5 alternative, non-permit rivers to run.

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Two people stand-up paddling on the flat water of Lake Pend Oreille.

47 Summer Adventure Ideas for the Inland NW

Summer Adventure Guide’s annual list of adventure travel and recreation trip ideas around the Inland Northwest for epic summer fun.

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Illustration of a person fatbiking on a snow covered trail.

Winter Fatbike Racing: The Pursuit of Ultra Fatness

Long-distance winter fatbike racing is grueling, but that’s why some riders say they do it. Meet Inland NW bikers who embrace the challenge.

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Kayaker taking short drop from a rock into whitewater river.

Trip Report: North Cascades Whitewater Kayaking

Bridge Creek to the Stehekin River is a remote, multi-day, self-supported whitewater run through the North Cascades to Lake Chelan, Wash.

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Olivia Dugenet and friends approaching a high mountain pass.

A Woman’s Place Is In The Wild

Personal essay by Olivia Dugenet about how women challenge stereotypes and social expectations when they adventure in the great outdoors.

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Sunbeams behind a rocky hillside in the background of a rugged wild nature landscape.

Keep It Wild: #TagResponsibly

The #TagResponsibly movement wants social media users to think twice before identifying sensitive backcountry areas.

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Sandy beach on an island in Priest Lake.

31 Ways to Explore Inland NW Lakes

OTO writers share their ideas for recreation, adventure, and simply enjoying time at any lake in the Inland Northwest.

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Man standing on wind foiling board, getting towed behind power boat, on Lake Pend Oreille.

Wing Foiling on the Lake

Learn about the fringe sport of wing foiling—where riders use boards equipped with a hydrofoil and inflatable, hand-held sail called a wing.

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Polo players riding brown horses, wearing helmets, and carrying polo sticks.

Playing Polo in Spokane: Spring Clinics

The Spokane Polo Club, located only minutes from downtown Spokane, hosts a clinic every spring to recruit new members.

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