Tim Connor

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Spokane’s Desert Outback: Hiking Rock Creek’s Long Ago Lava Curtain

Fifty miles southwest of Spokane, a nameless dirt road veers into a rugged valley that could easily be a movie set for a Big Sky western. The sprawling former sheep ranch into which the road spills straddles Rock Creek for eight miles. Countless crags and buttes form horizons that seem to pull on the sky …

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Photo of the Feathers at Vantage climbing area.

The Feathers: In a Timeless Cataract at Frenchman Coulee the Future Clings to the Past

For the 13,000 or so years before Frenchman Coulee became a wildly popular destination for Northwest rock climbers, a striking formation of basalt spires stood as a graceful monument to the astonishing power of water and ice. The massive pillars are still here. It’s just that on any warm day, and many cold ones as …

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